Lady Gaga went back to her roots back in San Francisco

If you are trying to calm someone down invasive heat waveLady Gaga might be the last place you should go. The fireworks, nightclub-like atmosphere, and 40,000 dancing bodies don’t make for a chilly evening. But if you want to see an absolutely amazing artist who doesn’t get in the way of anything, I was in for a treat when Gaga brought his Chromatica ball to Oracle Park in San Francisco Thursday night.

Lady Gaga didn’t have an editorial, which is a flexible indication either intentionally or not that there simply isn’t anyone who could prepare the audience for what she was about to bring. Gaga hit the stage around 8:45 p.m. and played a raucous set that lasted over two hours and was divided into five different “shows.”

She didn’t wait for her biggest hits to part, opening with a mega hit trio: “Bad Romance”, “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. But that was the prelude – it was an exceptional bend, with three multi-platinum singles playing as the prelude.

Nearly half of the songs left are from the 2020 song Chromatica. The first and second chapters featured “Alice” and “Sour Candy” alongside Gaga classics like “Telephone” and “LoveGame” (who is already 14 years old).

Following the country-inspired album “Joanne,” a collaboration with Tony Bennett, and transforming the role of Hollywood’s leading lady, “Chromatica” marks a triumphant return to Gaga’s dance music roots.

But that wasn’t the only genre on display on Thursday night. Gaga has managed to be a pop dance legend and a true rock star. She sang alongside a cadre of backup dancers and also three guitarists who would all be suitable for any rock show. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if Gaga is the second coming of Madonna or Mick Jagger.

  Lady Gaga performs on stage during the Chromatica Ball Summer Tour at Tottenham Hotspur on July 29, 2022 in London.

Lady Gaga performs on stage during the Chromatica Ball Summer Tour at Tottenham Hotspur on July 29, 2022 in London.

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Many of the Divas have frantic and obsessive fan bases and Gaga seems to understand and appreciate her most loyal fans as much as any artist (no offense to Swifties or Beyhive). About halfway through Gaga’s set, she shouted to her fanatical companions, “You little monsters, you’re amazing. Hands up and paws up!”

Her shouting under the nickname he chose provoked deafening screams, including those of the man next to me, who seemed to have attended the show solo but sang every word of every song.

For seasons three and four, Gaga moved to stage two in the middle of the field. The change made it seem that the singer was performing not higher, but along with the audience. She used this time to play some of her piano songs, such as “Shallow”, “Edge of Glory” and “Angel Down”.

During the more intimate section, she spoke about her relationship with the Gulf region.

“Like my friend Tony Bennett, I left my heart in San Francisco,” Gaga said to the cries of the Bay Area crowd.

Lady Gaga performs on stage during the Chromatica Ball Summer Tour at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on July 29, 2022 in London.

Lady Gaga performs on stage during the Chromatica Ball Summer Tour at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on July 29, 2022 in London.

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She also dedicated the song Born This Way to her longtime hairstylist Frederic Esperas and his mother. Aspiras grew up in San Francisco and learned about poetry from his mother, who worked and owned salons in the city after immigrating from Vietnam. She also fully supported Aspiras when it came out, so Gaga came forward and dedicated the song to the entire LGBTQ community.

Gaga returned to the main stage for her last act, performing Chromatica Stupid Love and Rain On Me. The latter is her latest track to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

After making fans scream for the show, she closed with the song Hold My Hand, which appeared in Top Gun: Maverick and could earn Gaga her second Academy Award for Best Original Song.

As hot as the California heat wave was, she had none in Gaga.

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