Lady Gaga is returning to her humble roots — in the most Gaga way possible.
The second stop on her Dive Bar Tour with Bud Light Thursday featured Gaga performing six new songs off her just-released album, Joanne, at one of the Greenwich Village N.Y.C. bars where she got her start — back when she was known as Stefani Germanotta.
The homecoming was emotional, to say the least, and she had the small, dark room packed with old friends, super fans and celebrity Gaga enthusiasts like Broad City‘s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, Robert DeNiro, Alaska from RuPaul’s Drag Race and even Helen Mirren.
“I’ve been playing here since I was 15 years old,” she said to the crowd. “This is where I started.”
Dressed in a vintage Bud Light leotard and her signature cut-off denim shorts, Gaga performed six songs off of her new album — “Diamond Heart,” “A-YO,” “Joanne,” “Grigio Girls,” “Million Reasons” and “Just Another Day” — joined by her Joanne collaborator Mark Ronson.
The set, while electrifying and high-energy, turned emotional at times. Gaga got choked up while played the album’s title track, penned for her late aunt who died of lupus complications aggravated by her sexual assault at age 19. She also performed “Grigio Girls,” with pal and songwriter Hillary Lindsey, which was written for her friend Sonja Dunham, who is battling stage-four cancer and was cheering Gaga on in the crowd.
For those who missed the show, the intimate set was streamed live on Bud Light’s Facebook page. Yet fans who waited outside the venue for hours were treated to an impromptu performance as Gaga set up on the roof and performed “Joanne” off of the album.
The singer seemed visibly moved when she looked out into the screaming crowds, which had completely taken over Bleecker Street, and took off her signature pink hat as a sign of gratitude.
There were so many fans that shut down Bleecker St. last night during our dive bar show at The Bitter End. I couldn't leave without singing to you, the bar was to small to fit you all! Was so awesome to connect with you on release night like that in my hometown from the rooftop of the place I began this whole journey when I was 15 playing out in NY as a singer/songwriter.
For Gaga, her mini dive bar tour was the perfect way to connect more closely with fans and celebrate her new album.
“It’s very reminiscent of how I got my start,” she told PEOPLE earlier this month. “I began singing in dive bars and really small clubs. I dragged my piano down the stairs, and I went down the street with my keyboard and I would go to every different dive bar that I could get to agree to let me play. I’d call and pretend I was Lady Gaga’s manager.”
She says that the album, her most autobiographical yet, delves deeper into her relationships than any of her music ever has before.
“I’m figuring out all of those relationships in my life through the music, and going very deeply into it. But in a totally beautiful way,” she told PEOPLE. “It’s not a sad album. It’s an album that is very revealing of me as a woman.”