Lady Gaga made her stage return last night closing the Sapphire Now and ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.
The 3 day convention takes place every year and is an event that draws in both local and international guests from companies that come together for innovative workshops, keynotes, discussion panels, technology previews and more.
On the closing evening each year, they have a musical guest who performs exclusively at a nearby arena. All members of the convention are open to attend, subject to availability. No show tickets were available to purchase by the public. Demand was high for Gaga’s show, with the arena reaching full capacity (23,000), leaving some guests needing to be turned away.
Gaga brought her ‘Enigma’ show to Orlando for one night only, performing a slightly shorter version than the one at her Las Vegas residency. The only exception being that she cut a few songs due to time restraints, and that she was unable to use any props to fly around the arena (such as the opening zip-line or the flying chair). She opened with Just Dance and lead into Poker Face, LoveGame and Dance In The Dark. Many of the album cuts were removed from the setlist for the show, with Gaga mainly performing her hits.
Lady Gaga performing “Poker Face” at the Sapphire Now concert last night. pic.twitter.com/MQkkxVmLUs— Lady Gaga Now 👾 (@LadyGagaNowNet) May 10, 2019
Taking time to speak to the crowd throughout, she acknowledged the fact that this wasn’t like an ordinary show of hers, and that the audience was members of the conference. “It just dawned on me. So, I was hired to play this show tonight”.
She went on to explain that: “there could be thousands of you in here that loathe me and are here because you have to be”.
Lady Gaga snapped at the crowd last night pic.twitter.com/IuBYwSri5D— Lady Gaga Now 👾 (@LadyGagaNowNet) May 10, 2019
During one of her speeches, she revealed that she now lives with her best friend since she was a child, Bo, and her husband. It is unclear if she still lives in her Malibu mansion. Gaga continued on with the show, performing hits such as Applause, Paparazzi and fan-favourite Aura. The crowd, although, were still enjoying the show and sang along as Gaga belted out her biggest hits like Million Reasons and Born This Way. At one point, the crowd all lit up their phones, to which Gaga expressed they had made a “constellation of love”.
The crowd lit up their phones as Lady Gaga performed Million Reasons at the Sapphire Now event last night. pic.twitter.com/vjP3EwvykE— Lady Gaga Now 👾 (@LadyGagaNowNet) May 10, 2019
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She closed the show with global smash Shallow, and each of her band and team members introduced themselves before taking a final bow and thanking the crowd for coming along. Check out the full setlist below:
Lady Gaga returns to Las Vegas for the second leg of ‘Enigma’ and ‘Jazz & Piano’ shows on May 30.
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