The stunning aesthetics of Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour gave many attendees goosebumps as the set and stage, built by TAIT, took over the entire arena. The full layout consisted of a very dynamic and kinetic main stage, three flying bridge platforms which double as projection displays, two satellite stages and an LED integrated b-stage.
The jaw-dropping 85 ft. wide main stage is fashioned with three automated lifts used for scenic props and staging equipment, in addition to, five performer wave lifts surrounded with LED video panels. The lifts transform the stage into several intricate looks throughout the show.
Three of the five performer wave lifts are 17 ft. wide and sit side by side upstage. Parallel to the upstage performer wave lifts are two 50 ft. wide performer wave lifts. When moving in unison, all of the wave lifts appear as one massive lift that transforms into five different configurations: Flat, Elevated, Criss-Cross, Diagonal, and Staircase. The upstage performer wave lifts also move independently from the larger wave lifts forming four different movements: Flat, Elevated, Staircase, and Zig Zag.
TAIT designed and manufactured three inflatable lighting pods which hang 60 ft. above the audience and house billboard-like, video projection displays. When not being used in billboard display mode, each video projection display descends 50 ft. below its lighting pod and converts into a 50 ft. long bridge platform giving Lady Gaga and her dancers a catwalk to travel on from the main stage to the satellite stages and to the multi-dimensional, LED lit b-stage at the other end of the arena.
Additionally, TAIT custom designed the jagged, heart-shaped, laser piano to match the b-stage’s neon aesthetics by furnishing it with 44 lasers that shoot beams of vibrant colors through the arena with every single keystroke she played. The shell of the piano is built out of a 1.25 inch acrylic, in addition to, a mixture of mirror and dichroic filmed polycarbonate fascia which amplified her flashy laser show.
While we wait for Lady Gaga's second stop in Edmonton which is taking place tonight, good quality videos from her opening show in Vancouver emerged. For those who cannot attend her Joanne Tour, you can watch her performances below!
The first show of Lady Gaga's highly anticipated JOANNE World Tour took place in Vancouver, Canada! A first look at the official merchandising emerged hours before after a fan posted images on Twitter. It features t-shirts and sweatshirts with never-seen-before photos of Lady Gaga printed on them. Fans have already noticed that the items are, however, somehow expensive (the prices on the picture are in Canadian dollars).
Lady Gaga opened her show in Vancouver with Diamond Heart and changed the lyrics to "Young, Wild, Canadian". A-YO, Poker Face and Perfect Illusion followed right after. An interlude with Lady Gaga in a car aired at this point and anticipated John Wayne, which she sang with a different outfit. Scheiße and Alejandro followed right after. Another interlude was aired on the screen before Lady Gaga started performing Just Dance with a different outfit. LoveGame and Telephone followed right after. Another interlude anticipated Lady Gaga's performance of Applause. She then turned to the piano and performed Come To Mama and The Edge Of Glory, which she dedicated to her friend Sonja who recently died after years of cancer battle. Born This Way followed right after. A fourth interlude aired on the screens before Lady Gaga got on stage with a different outfit singing Bloody Mary. She performed Dancing In Circles for the very first time right after. Paparazzi followed before she had another outfit change and performed Angel Down and Joanne, which she performed with her guitar alone. Following a fifth interlude, Lady Gaga got on stage with a different outfit while singing Bad Romance and her latest song The Cure! She closed the show with Million Reasons.
Stay tuned for photos and videos!
Come To Mama
The Edge Of Glory
Born This Way
Dancing In Circles
Risk, a documentary filmed by Laura Poitras about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, will premiere this Saturday night, July 22nd, on Showtime at 9PM EST.
The documentary features a segment where Lady Gaga interviews Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has found asylum to avoid extradition. The interview took place in 2012 while Lady Gaga was visiting the U.K. to promote her Fame perfume.
Lady Gaga gave a surprise on-stage performance tonight alongside Tony Bennett at his concert in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl. The pair performed their duets Cheek to Cheek from their album of the same name and The Lady is a Tramp from Bennett's Duets II album. Bennett was celebrating his 55th anniversary of hitting the Hollywood Bowl stage for the first time on July 13, 1962.
Billboard recently asked Bennett what he thought about touring with Lady Gaga and he replied "to this day, I’m still thinking of doing another album with her. And she’s just a wonderful artist to perform with and a great person that we love very much."
The nominations for the 2017 Emmy Awards were announced this morning and the Super Bowl LI Halftime Show Starring Lady Gaga has been nominated for 6 Emmy's! The Emmy's is a televised award ceremony that recognizes excellence in the television industry.
Lady Gaga's halftime show has been nominated in the following categories:
Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Nonfiction, Event Or Award Special
Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special
Outstanding Music Direction
Outstanding Special Class Program
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special
Congratulations to all the crew members who made Lady Gaga's halftime show possible and are being recognized for it!
We would also like to congratulate Perry Meek, Lady Gaga's costume designer, on being nominated in the category of Outstanding Costumes For Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Programming for his work on the Oh. My. Gaga! episode of RuPaul's Drag Race! The episode received a total of 4 Emmy nominations this year.
Lady Gaga was set to kick off Bud Light's Dive Bar Tour in Las Vegas this Thursday, but the show has since been postponed. On Tuesday, Lady Gaga's team released a statement to ABC News stating she was "deep in rehearsals for her world tour and is working to reschedule a date as soon as possible." Bud Light has also confirmed the postponement on their Twitter account in their replies to curious fans.
The Joanne World Tour starts in less than three weeks on August 1 in Vancouver, Canada. Good luck to Lady Gaga, her team and her dancers as they work around the clock rehearsing for the closely-approaching world tour.
Lady Gaga's backing vocals are featured on a new song called Find Yourself by Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. Lukas Nelson, the guitarist-frontman and son of country legend Willie Nelson, says that Find Yourself is about "taking my power back and owning the love that I deserve." The track itself sounds very kick-back and relax and Lady Gaga's vocals add that extra sense of soulfulness.
Listen to Find Yourself below on the SoundCloud player, streaming exclusively through Rolling Stone, and let us know what you think of the song in the comments.
Art Director Nathan Wigglesworth has recently published a case study on Lady Gaga's partnership with Bud Light for the Dive Bar Tour. The video features a short and unseen interview of Lady Gaga introducing us to the tour, which, as you may know, she is embarking on again this Summer for total of 3 stops in the United States!
Lady Gaga's full interview with Billboard was published earlier today. In the Pop Shop Podcast, Lady Gaga discusses her upcoming projects, from the JOANNE World Tour and the Dive Bar Tour, to her character in the movie A Star Is Born, with Bradley Cooper. You can listen to it below!
The MTV Millenial Awards, created by MTV Latin America, recently took place in Mexico. During the show, Lady Gaga received the award for Agent of Change, sponsored by the UN, for her constant support towards refugees. See the lovely video where she accepts the award with her mom below!
Below, find Billboard's conversation with Gaga, where they talk all about the Dive Bar Tour, where she is in her preparations for the Joanne World Tour (which kicks off Aug. 1 in Vancouver), and what it means to her to play Manchester Arena in the fall after the fatal bombing outside Ariana Grande's concert last month.
You're picking up where you left off last year with the Bud Light Dive Bar Tour, but this time around, you're heading to Las Vegas. Why did you want to get back out on the Dive Bar Tour?
I just love playing in bars, and I got to tell you: All the time, I think about how I started out in my career, and I was just playing in bars downtown in New York -- and you miss that, you know? It's a very wonderful, intimate connection that you get to make with the audience, and it's all about, you know, friendship and love and bonding. It's incredible.
I was at the Silver Lake stop of the Dive Bar Tour last year, and you were truly able to connect and make eye contact with every person in that room.
Thank you very much! It was an amazing time. I loved performing there, and it's just one of those things I always tell people: "You gotta play a dive bar like an arena, and you play an arena like a dive bar."
What are some of your favorite memories from last year's Dive Bar Tour stops?
I gotta say, when we went to New York and we played at the Bitter End [in October], it was a very special night for a couple of reasons. The first being that I got to sing "Grigio Girls" from my record Joanne to my friend Sonja [Durham], who recently passed of cancer [in May]. And I will always cherish that moment, and I know she's looking down and cherishing it too. You know, she wanted to be on the live stream because she wanted people to know that you can still be strong and have stage 4 cancer, and it was pretty special. And then after [that], me and Mark Ronson went up on the top of the roof and we sang "Angel Down" to a giant crowd of people in the streets, and the song is really about the world and about how it's important to be loving during a tumultuous time, and caring about, you know, the angel that's down and picking them up -- it was really special. Everybody was singing in the street. It was awesome.
How will this year's Dive Bar show be different now that fans have had eight months with the Joanne album instead of it being the first time they hear many of these songs like it was last year?
The Dive Bar shows last year, they were informed by the fact that the fans hadn't heard a lot of the material yet. So I approached them more like a sort of pseudo-electro, pop-underground moment, as opposed to just me at the piano. But this time around for the Dive Bar Tour, I intend for it to be even more intimate than it was the last time. I really want to break the songs down and talk to the audience even more and just, you know, sing the hell out of my songs.
The Dive Bar Tour is a little different this time around, since you're passing the torch to two new artists who will have their own stops. I know those artists are under wraps for now, but can you tease what fans might be able to expect from the other Dive Bar shows down the line?
I feel like it's really exciting that this is happening, because this Dive Bar/Bud Light concept was something that we invented together, and I feel so excited that it's living on. And what I will tell you about these future artists that are playing is that it's a very diverse group. Everything that you're seeing at these dive bars are not going to be the same: It's not the same types of artists, it's not connected in any way. It's all about celebrating diversity.
After your Vegas concert in July, you'll be kicking off the Joanne World Tour on Aug. 1 in Canada. Where are you now in the preparations for the tour?
Well, the stage has been designed and is being built, and we have been building the story of the show since the Super Bowl. And we are beginning to sort of delineate where we want choreography, what songs I'd like to play at the piano, and lighting is a big thing this year. The stage is very different from anything we've ever done before, and I'm really in love with it. So I'm very excited about the show.
What are some of the major differences between getting in a tiny room of 250 at a bar in Silver Lake and getting in front of a crowd of 40,000 at some of the baseball parks you have lined up for the Joanne tour?
When you're playing in a baseball stadium, it's possible to see some fans in the front, but it's not possible to see as many up close and personal. And at the dive bar, depending on the configuration, you can really see everyone. So I think the intention is to, when I'm in the arena, to really kind of slow it down sometimes and really connect with each person in the most intimate way that I can, like it would be in a dive bar. And then when I'm playing in a dive bar, the idea is to be intimate at times but then to be explosive and big as well, to give people a feeling of what it would be like to see me in a bigger venue.
Speaking of a bigger venue, you headlined Coachella in April and debuted your new song "The Cure" there. Do you have any plans to bring out some new music on the world tour?
Absolutely! It's going to be really fun, and I'm really excited.
How did Coachella or your Super Bowl halftime show kind of inform your preparation for the world tour?
Well, you know, we never like to do the same thing twice, but we do, obviously, love to represent the choreography that me and my dancers -- who I've been with for 10 years, all of them [Laughs] -- have been doing for a long time. So we like to bring back certain moments, but we're creating something completely new. It will grow out of what you saw at the Super Bowl and Coachella, but you know, we always like to keep it fresh.
One of the stops on your tour will be the Manchester Arena, which will reopen in September just before your October concert. What will playing that arena mean to you after the tragedy that took place at Ariana Grande's concert last month?
It will mean a lot to me. I'm excited to share that moment with my fans, as I am in every place that we go. I think it's important, in every city that I stop in, that we honor that tragedy and be there for one another and remember that life is precious and we have to be kind and stick together.
And finally, the Joanne album was such a personal one for you, so what does it mean to finally be able to get out and bring these songs to your fans across the world?
It feels really great. I mean, I absolutely put a lot of my soul into that record -- into the sounds, into the words, into the way I was singing -- and I'm looking forward to integrating that with my other songs, to contextualize it, in a way. For the fans, I hope they are able to celebrate with me what Joanne is: a woman looking out, putting a hat on and saying to herself, "I'm about to go somewhere, because I'm getting out of here. And I don't know where I'm going, but I'm out of here, I'm leaving. I'm not sure what will happen, or if I'll even like it, but I don't care, because I can't stay here." And I think more than anything, I just want my fans to feel a message of liberation, that they can at any point in time change where they are in their life and move forward.
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