Lady Gaga - Joanne World Tour 2018: all you need to know
Lady Gaga’s latest album ‘Joanne’ was released to critical acclaim and after a show-stopping performance at the Super Bowl halftime show, she finally hit the road with the ‘Joanne World Tour’.
But after postponing several dates due to ill health, the pop icon has again been forced to cancel UK dates including London and Manchester.
Here’s everything you need to know about Lady Gaga's ‘Joanne World Tour’...
Lady Gaga ‘Joanne World Tour’ cities and dates
After the three-date ‘Dive Bar Tour’ in the US concluded late last year, fans were desperate to know if Lady Gaga had plans to promote her new album ‘Joanne’ in the UK and the rest of Europe. But while the singer insisted she would be crossing the pond at some point, it wasn’t until February that we got official confirmation.
Then tragedy struck as Lady Gaga's battle with fibromyalgia forced her to cancel a string of dates across the UK and Europe. However, after taking some time out to recover, the star revealed she would be returning to finish the job in 2018.
Then just one day into her UK tour, Lady Gaga was again forced to cancel dates due to chronic pain.
Here’s the full list of rescheduled dates for the ‘Joanne World Tour’ in the UK and Europe including those that have been cancelled.
- Barcelona (Spain), January 14 & 16
- Milan (Italy), January 18
- Amsterdam (Holland), January 20
- Antwerp (Belgium), January 22
- Hamburg (Germany), January 24
- Birmingham - Arena (UK), January 31
- Birmingham - Genting Arena (UK), February 1
- London - The O2 Arena (UK), February 4 (CANCELLED)
- Manchester Arena (UK), February 6 (CANCELLED)
- London - The O2 Arena (UK), February 8 (CANCELLED)
- Zurich (Switzerland), February 11 (CANCELLED)
- Cologne (Germany), February 13 (CANCELLED)
- Stockholm (Sweden), February 15 (CANCELLED)
- Copenhagen (Denmark), February 17 (CANCELLED)
- Paris (France), February 20 & 21 (CANCELLED)
- Berlin (Germany), February 23 (CANCELLED)
The diva was so busy touring in 2017, she expressed how disappointed she was that some of her dates clashed with concerts of fellow artists Cher and Britney Spears. Predictably, Gaga’s fans loved the idea of pop legends supporting each other.
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2017
And now the singer has announced the opening act for her UK shows - her own documentary.
The singer did a trial run of screening her Netflix doc 'Gaga: Five Foot Two' (trailer below) at her show in Barcelona in January.
She tweeted, "I've decided to play the documentary made about me every night before the show. If you get there early it will be on. Tonight starts at 7pm Barcelona time! #JoanneWorldTour #JoanneWorldTourBarcelona (sic)"
Lady Gaga cancels UK/Europe tour - what happened?
Promoter Live Nation has announced that Lady Gaga would no longer be able to perform dates across the continent in 2017 after doctors insisted she rest. The pop icon suffers from fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition.
The statement reads, “Lady Gaga is suffering from severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform. She remains under the care of expert medical professionals who recommended the postponement earlier today."
UK and Europe dates were rescheduled for 2018 (see above). On top of the UK/ Europe 2017 dates, Lady Gaga was also forced to cancel a performance at Rock In Rio (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
The star was said to be "devastated" and released a heartfelt message to her fans on her social media channels.
To my fans, I love you so much. pic.twitter.com/g2BmmSx02v
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) 18 September 2017
However, Lady Gaga offered hope to fans that she was on the mend and getting ready to pick up where she left off with the 'Joanne World Tour'. In recent tweets, the star reveals that she was getting stronger and itching to be reunited with her adoring fans.
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) September 30, 2017
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) October 1, 2017
Lady Gaga later revealed on Instagram that she was planning to announce rescheduled tour dates with a picture of the star looking back to her old self, smoking a cigarette wearing a "dope jacket"
Sadly, Gaga again cancelled UK and Europe dates after more bouts of pain.
Lady Gaga tour 2018 - everything you need to know
More sad news to come out about the ‘Joanne World Tour’ is that on top of the cancelled dates, this could well be the last live performances from Lady Gaga for a while.
The singer recently announced she would be stepping back from music when the tour is over due to health reasons, revealing as part of the promotion for her upcoming Netflix documentary ‘Lady Gaga: Five Foot Two’ that she suffers from fibromyalgia (a disease that causes chronic pain and fatigue). The documentary goes into some detail about her struggle with the illness, as well and the recording and release of her album ‘Joanne’.
Fans were very supportive, praising Lady Gaga for raising awareness of the tragic disease.
It's incredible how just this one tweet has created a discussion about fibromyalgia and chronic pain and is allowing many to open up
— Anthony | Lady Gaga (@antpats2) September 12, 2017
Just a few weeks before she was due to start the UK/European leg of the ‘Joanne World Tour’, Lady Gaga was forced to cancel a show in Montreal following a doctor’s recommendation. The singer fell ill after singing in the rain at a previous gig in New York.
I'm so sorry Montréal. We are working on postponing the show. Please read this message from my ❤️ below. pic.twitter.com/ktglIGpykL
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) September 4, 2017
But it wasn’t all bad news for Canada’s Little Monsters. The devastated star treated them to pizza and autographs outside her hotel in a heartfelt attempt to make it up to them.
I'm sending free ? to any monsters outside my hotel The William Gray Montréal ?. I love u so much & I'm so sorry u are the most loyal fans.
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) September 4, 2017
In an interview with NME, Lady Gaga confirmed her tour would be as extravagant as her fans had come to expect. She told the magazine, “What I would say to those who are terrified that I’ll never again embrace absurdity or the avant-garde is ‘think again’. Because that is my favourite thing.”
In the lead up to the tour, Lady Gaga kept fans in the loop on social media, counting down the days on Instagram and announcing a fresh new orange and blue hairstyle.
The social media megastar also published a promotional video for the ‘Joanne World Tour’, giving her fans a little taste of what’s to come in the upcoming shows.
JOANNE WORLD TOUR
Film by Lobster Eye pic.twitter.com/VBsOOG6NX8
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) 8 August 2017
Before the ‘Joanne World Tour’ began, Lady Gaga revealed to Billboard that she was most looking forward to being with her fans again. She told the website, “The ‘Joanne World Tour’ so far has been really exciting for a lot of reasons, mostly to reunite with my fan base and feel that love they bring every night, and I pray that multiplies.”
The complete setlist for Lady Gaga’s 2017/2018 concerts
Amid speculation that Lady Gaga would be performing new songs on top of tracks from her latest album, fans were wondering if the singer would have room for any of her classic hits.
Here’s the complete setlist from Lady Gaga’s first concert in Vancouver:
- Diamond Heart
- Poker Face
- Perfect Illusion
- John Wayne
- Just Dance
- Come to Mama
- The Edge of Glory
- Born This Way
- Bloody Mary
- Dancin’ in Circles
- Paparazzi (A Capella)
- Angel Down
- Bad Romance
- The Cure
- Million Reasons
Lady Gaga’s secret new album?
Despite the fact that the tour was geared towards promoting Lady Gaga’s new album ‘Joanne’, rumour has it that the star has already been hard at work on her next album.
In an interview with PopCrush, DJ White Shadow (producer Paul Blair) - a frequent collaborator with Lady Gaga - revealed he had spent six weeks in the studio with the singer after she made ‘Joanne’ without him.
Later in October, Lady Gaga posted a picture of herself with the producer on Instagram, adding further fuel to the rumours they are working on another album together. The image shows the pair in what appears to be a music studio, based on other images posted around the same time. The post reads, "Haus of Gaga stuntin'."
This summer, Lady Gaga headlined Coachella 2017 on the Saturday and surprised fans with a performance of ‘The Cure’ - a new song that does not appear on her latest album ‘Joanne’. This prompted rumours that the ‘Joanne World Tour’ would feature more new music and that ‘The Cure’ would be included on an upcoming sixth studio album. However, ‘The Cure’ was released as a single shortly after the Coachella performance.
While there is currently no music video for ‘The Cure’, Lady Gaga did release a hypnotic lyric video featuring the diva lounging in an armchair against a billowing blue sheet. Fans criticised the video for the illegible typography.
Lady Gaga has said herself that she’s already started the creative process for her next studio album and that fans would be privy to this as part of the ‘Joanne World Tour’.
Lady Gaga’s new album 'Joanne': an analysis
Expectations for Lady Gaga’s fifth studio album ‘Joanne’ were high - and fans certainly weren’t disappointed. The disc features a mix of genres, with some critics branding it “old-fashioned” and “down to Earth” while praising the soft rock undertones to the singer’s typical dance-pop rhythms.
‘Joanne’ debuted at number one on the US ‘Billboard 200’ chart, selling 170,000 copies in its first week. It also featured on a number of top album lists of 2016, including Billboard’s ‘50 Best Albums of 2016’ and Rolling Stone’s ‘20 Best Pop Albums of 2016’.
'Joanne' eventually scored Lady Gaga her fourth platinum album, breaking 1 million equivalent album units in the US. She also achieved platinum status with 'The Fame Monster', 'The Fame' and 'Born This Way'.
Feels good for #Joanne to be Platinum in the United States, w/ an album I made so from my ❤️. And got to celebrate in a @gladys_tamez_millinery Joanne hat and @bellahadid look from @brandonmaxwell recent collection. You know I love the Hadid girls and their strong momma Yolanda too! #girlpower #music
The album title is a reference to her father’s sister Joanne Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga’s own middle name Joanne is in itself a tribute to her aunt) who died of lupus aged 19. Although the tragedy occurred years before Lady Gaga was born, the singer claims it had a profound effect on her family and has been a huge inspiration for her music.
A few days prior to Lady Gaga's UK tour, the star dropped an emotional new video for 'Joanne'.
The video - which is dedicated to Gaga's aunt Joanne who passed away aged 19 - sees the singer playing the track on piano and wandering around a sun-kissed forest.
To support the release of ‘Joanne’, Lady Gaga uploaded a short web series documenting the production of the album called ‘Making Joanne’.
British producer Mark Ronson was heavily involved in the album, serving as an executive producer, producer and instrumentalist on many tracks including the first single ‘Perfect Illusion’.
Ronson is not the only high-profile collaborator on the album. ‘Joanne’ also features the talents of Kevin Parker, Josh Homme, BloodPop, Beck, Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine), RedOne, Father John Misty and Giorgio Moroder.
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