Last night, Lady Gaga popped in to NYC’s Gramercy Park Hotel for a surprise set, her first since she abruptly called off her Joanne World Tour. It was cancelled due to the “severe pain”, detailed in the Netflix doc Five Foot Two, about her struggle with fibromyalgia.
Gaga showed up at the Rose Bar in a red dress with a red tulle cape, with absolutely no notice, where she performed a handful of covers backed by a five-piece jazz band. It was a throwback to 2014 to her album with Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek. Gaga told Vogue then,
“I started singing jazz when I was 13 and I discovered it before then. My mom used to play Billie Holiday on Sundays, I found Ella Fitzgerald —who’s my absolute favorite jazz singer—and my father listened to Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. So part of me knew in my heart that many of my fans would fall in love with jazz the same way I did, because we’re very similar.“
Gaga had three outfit changes yesterday, all very ladylike, in preparation for her surprise set.
“Truthfully, I like to be as comfortable as possible when I’m onstage singing jazz. I don’t like to be thinking about if I look beautiful or not, or if there’s any sex appeal. Those things are distractions for me. I need to sing with my whole body and mind. I have to really focus on my vocal inflections. I don’t like to have any choreography or routine. I just want to feel totally natural, and I believe that will produce the most honest interpretation of the song. That’s the way you do justice to jazz, when you give all of yourself.“
Gaga is back baby and after performing in Las Vegas with Elton John recently she’ll be installed in her own show with a residency at the MGM Park Theater, at some point in the near future. Ka-ching!