It’s been four long years since Lady Gaga toured the world. Her last two tours – the Born This Way Ball and the Joanne World Tour – both ended abruptly due to health problems. Since then, she’s opted to stay put in Las Vegas with two highly-successful residency shows. But last night, she opened the Chromatica Ball Stadium Tour in Düsseldorf, Germany.
After two different postponements, the long-awaited show in support of Gaga’s latest studio album Chromatica kicked off in front of over 50,000 fans. In true Gaga fashion, the show featured a massive production with moving pieces, intricate choreographies, fire and smoke, a lot of dancers, and a very show-ready Mother Monster.
The show was a testament to Gaga’s standing as one of pop music’s biggest stars. The opening number alone featured her huge hits ‘Bad Romance,’ ‘Just Dance,’ and ‘Poker Face.’ She also made room for other fan-favorites such as ‘Born This Way,’ ‘LoveGame,’ and ‘Telephone.’ As an ode to the little monsters, she performed The Fame Monster’s ‘Monster’ – a song she had not performed on tour since 2011.
After two years of no pop performances, Gaga was able to perform new songs live for the first time. ‘Alice,’ ‘Babylon,’ ‘Replay,’ ‘Free Woman,’ ‘Sour Candy,’ and ‘Enigma’ made it on the setlist from Chromatica. She also performed ‘Stupid Love,’ ‘911,’ and her latest number one single ‘Rain On Me’ – which she also performed at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2020.
In one of the most heartfelt moments of the night, Gaga took to the piano to perform her biggest hit of all time ‘Shallow’ as well as another A Star Is Born standout ‘Always Remember Us This Way.’ While performing the latter, she told fans ‘she missed them so much.’
The star closed out the night with her latest film-contribution ‘Hold My Hand’ from Top Gun: Maverick. In a very symbolic moment, she sported a claw-like glove to represent the little monster paw – which has been a major part of her relationship with her fans over the years. It was a perfect moment with a perfect stadium anthem to close out the opening night of one of her biggest tours of all time.
The tour continues across Europe, Asia, and North America through September.
— Peter Stavros (@petestavros) July 17, 2022