Gaga takes ‘all the world is a stage’ to extremes and when actually onstage somehow even further: elaborate costumes, fireballs, rigorous dance routines, ascending and descending platforms that linked two smaller circle stages to the main stage, and even her own ‘death’ were all part of the spectacle.
Gaga takes ‘all the world is a stage’ to extremes and when actually onstage somehow even further.
The set list, too, was more than just a run-down of the latest album: she may have ascended to begin with ‘Diamond Heart’ and blazed literal fireballs during ‘John Wayne’, but ‘Bad Romance’, ‘Just Dance’, ‘Alejandro’ and many more classic hits found themselves re-imagined.
Imbued with the sheer electrifying emotion and energy she emanates from the stage, the concert took me from dancing to ‘Perfect Illusion’ and ‘Poker Face’, to holding my monster claw aloft during ‘Born This Way’, to crying as she performed the heartstring-tugging title track ‘Joanne’ from a piano emitting rainbow light.
Finding out afterwards that she was not only in such pain, but that she was receiving medical attention backstage between sets, only makes her energy and her fire more impressive.
The show seems even more special now, since the two Birmingham dates were the only two she performed in the UK before cancelling the final tour dates due to her fibromyalgia.