We are less than a month away from Lady Gaga’s first tour in 5 years. Mother Monster is taking Chromatica on the road two years after its release with 20 stadium dates set in Europe, North America, and Asia.
Since the Joanne World Tour, Gaga has released a lot of new music. Other than Chromatica, she also put out the soundtrack to A Star Is Born, her second album with Tony Bennett called Love For Sale, and the single ‘Hold My Hand’ from Top Gun: Maverick.
There is also her long list of hits to consider. At this point, Gaga could do a greatest-hits only tour with no problem. But considering this tour is in support of one specific album, it seems like it is time to sacrifice some fan-favorites. Something that Gaga seems to struggle to do every time she tours.
Let’s start with Chromatica.
The album has songs that are givens for the tour. ‘Rain On Me’ featuring Ariana Grande and ‘Stupid Love’ are obviously going to be performed. Her dancers have been seen rehearsing ‘911’ and ‘Free Woman’ on social media as well. However, there are still nine other songs that could be part of the show. ‘Alice’ seems like an appropriate opener to the show. ‘Enigma,’ ‘Sine From Above,’ and ‘Replay’ also are perfect for a stadium tour.
One thing that we can also envision is a grand old dance number to ‘Babylon’ with the stadium full of little monsters clapping along to the last chorus in unison – perhaps as a closer to the show. And, we will make a full blown petition to have ‘1000 Doves’ – not the piano version – performed in all its glory. It deserves it. Sorry not sorry.
That leaves behind ‘Fun Tonight,’ ‘Plastic Doll,’ and ‘Sour Candy’ behind. The latter could work as an interlude of sorts. The other two would probably not make it on the setlist. Remember, we need to make room for
‘Summerboy’ songs like ‘Telephone’ and ‘Alejandro’ for the 10000th time.
Since the shows are taking place in stadiums, we know a lot of more casual fans will also be in attendance. This is probably why Gaga has basically promised that she will do her Top Gun contribution ‘Hold My Hand’ and her biggest single of all time ‘Shallow.’ Put in the Straights™ part of the show. While we love us a ‘Million Reasons’ sing-a-long, we could also do without it. It would be nice if Gaga gave old piano ballads such as ‘Speechless’ or ‘Brown Eyes’ a moment. But maybe that’s too much piano for a stadium show. After all, you know she’s probably going to do ‘Born This Way’ on the piano and its studio version.
The hits that should always be on a Gaga setlist are ‘Bad Romance,’ ‘Poker Face,’ and ‘Applause.’ They will always work well in a live setting. ‘The Edge of Glory’ also makes for a fun moment, but we wouldn’t mind it being swapped for a ‘Marry The Night’ or a ‘Venus.’
Digging deep into the Gaga discography, it’s always nice when she gives the hardcore fans a treat. After all, she did perform ‘Bloody Mary’ at the Joanne Tour and ‘Government Hooker’ at her Enigma show in Vegas. Some of the songs that would be nice to see performed live again include The Fame’s ‘Money Honey,’ Born This Way’s ‘Heavy Metal Lover,’ and ARTPOP’s ‘G.U.Y.’ The possibilities are endless, or so people say.
With all of our predictions and wishful thinking, we have landed on what could be a decent setlist. Order matters too, so this is what we came up with. What would be your ideal song choice and order?
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- Bad Romance
- Stupid Love
- Free Woman //
- Alejandro //
- Marry The Night
- Heavy Metal Lover
- Born This Way //
- Money Honey
- Just Dance
- Poker Face
- Speechless (piano)
- Shallow (piano)
- Hold My Hand (piano)
- 1000 Doves //
- Sine From Above
- Babylon //
- Rain On Me