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Lady Gaga defends gay marriage and abortion rights at opening US tour: ‘I pray this country speaks’

White smoke rose from the top of the podium as if a new pope had been named in the Vatican.

But it was just part of pop high priestess Lady Gaga’s lengthy introduction to her stunning entry, confined to the erect metal tomb of her “bad romance” belt. The taut music, brimming with metal guitars, paralleled its throttle width and immediately announced that this long-awaited Chromatica ball would be a triple ride.

Fans have struggled for two years with a two-year delay in Gaga’s live production to complete her 2020 album “Chromatica,” and the launch of Monday’s US tour, which runs across the country through September, marked Gaga’s heyday.

Lady Gaga’s Chromatica Ball presentation is divided into four acts, plus an introduction and an ending. The singer, who premiered in London in July, launched the US leg of her Monday tour in Washington.

Even when she was wearing a headset, her powerful voice pierced the Nationals Park as she broke free from her shell to bounce through “Just Dance” and spin during “Poker Face.”

A quick opening shot opened a four-event scene that carried ambiguous themes of the Gaga’s sacred trinity of identity, reinvention, and acceptance. Art videos were understandable necessities to allow for group and costume changes, but their duration often slowed the momentum.

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However, it wasn’t too difficult to get back into Gaga’s world when she came back on stage, whether it was scattered on a board for “Alice,” an identity crisis set to the beat of a disco, or pleading with fans to “Hands up!” during “Replay.” raging.

Lady Gaga performs during the Chromatica Ball Summer Tour at Tottenham Hotspur on July 29, 2022 in London.  The star kicked off the American Stadium stop of her tour on Monday in Washington.

Lady Gaga performs during the Chromatica Ball Summer Tour at Tottenham Hotspur on July 29, 2022 in London. The star kicked off the American Stadium stop of her tour on Monday in Washington.

Gaga glistened, a thin 36, amid what looked like acres of dancers and a glam band tucked into hollows on the massive stage. Her innate acting abilities crept into her radiant facial expressions, magnifying the two revolving screens surrounding the stage, while storming “911” with its frantic red lights.

Some of the stadium’s more predictable decorations popped up during the two-hour show, including pillars of fire that shot around the venue during a frothy “phone” (because that’s just what a sticky summer night needs – more heat) and the inevitable transition to B – The stage is at the back of the floor.

But as exhilarating as it was to watch Gaga and her dance crew Vogue make their way through Babylon in matching gold satin and dance to the smaller setting during Free Woman, Gaga’s streamlined, as always, was the most rewarding part of the night.

It also allowed her to sideline the exuberance that is determined to connect with her fans, a loyal, loving crowd that she clearly adores just as much.

Lady Gaga's Chromatica Bowl Tour, which was shown at London's Tottenham Hotspur in July, has been postponed twice due to COVID-19.

Lady Gaga’s Chromatica Bowl Tour, which was shown at London’s Tottenham Hotspur in July, has been postponed twice due to COVID-19.

“I see a lot of people in this audience know exactly who you are!” “I was born this way,” she chanted at the beginning of the glorious acceptance hymn. Starting behind a piano adorned with tree branches, Gaga infused the song with a deliberate catchphrase before blasting off at a mirror ball version with a handful of dancers shouting, “They better not mess with gay marriage in this country!”

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While Gaga could have stayed put, she instead disappeared for another costume change, reappearing in black mesh stockings and a matching purple and black gown and hoodie that looked like a prop from a “Star Wars” Cantina.

But the shiny look was a direct contrast to the more convincing part of the concert.

Between two gems of “A Star Is Born,” the magical “Shallow” — her voice is a powerful and versatile instrument — and the subtle but big piano ballad “Always Remember Us This Way,” Gaga turned into a meditator.

Lady Gaga's Chromatica Ball Tour (played at her London station in July) includes several songs including

Lady Gaga’s Chromatica Tour (showing her London station in July) includes several songs from her “Chromatica” album, including “Alice” and “Rain on Me,” as well as “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance.” and “born this way”.

“Over the past few years, this country has been very brave and showed a lot of courage and there was a lot of pain,” she said. “We wish we could go back and change what happened, but I want to remember your courage. I think the world is very special, though (expletive)—too.”

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But she retained her strongest comment before “The Edge of Glory,” where she dedicated the song to “Every woman in America now has to worry about her body if she gets pregnant. I pray that this country speak. That we’ll be together and we won’t stop until it’s all right. “.

Lady Gaga’s evolution has been phenomenal. Whether she’s dancing on the cheek with mentor Tony Bennett, picking up on an Italian accent in the movie, downplaying the spirit of the show for her Las Vegas jazz and piano show, or wrapping up a massive ballpark production with a mid-range lyric from current Top Gun (like she did with “Hold my hand”), and her ambitions still had no limits.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Lady Gaga Chromatica Ball tour: Singer advocates for same-sex marriage and abortion


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