She would go back to her dramatic persona afterward, making a splash in red during “Bloody Mary” (another welcome surprise) and “Dancin’ in Circles” and fighting off dancers during “Paparazzi.” In an almost dizzying tonal change, she transitioned into “Angel Down,” dropping in slowly from a bridge from the ceiling, before telling a story to launch into “Joanne.” Sitting down with her guitar, she told the audience of “an intergenerational pain, a grief passed on by our grandparents, through our parents.” “For me, that pain has only one name, and it’s Joanne,” she said, strumming her guitar in a stripped-down break.
That break didn’t last long, however, before she unofficially ended the show with two of her most dance-worthy songs: “Bad Romance” and “The Cure.” As much of the audience filed out, she returned for an encore in her now-signature pink cowboy hat and a glittery long trench coat, singing “Joanne’s” “Million Reasons” before lowering down below the Forum stage along with her piano.
Though there’s much to be said about Gaga’s unfaltering vocals and high-energy showmanship, it’s also worth noting one of the most impressive parts of the show: the set. With bridges that lowered from the ceiling that allowed Gaga and her dancers to jump from the main stage to three other ones in the venue, the transitions were absolutely seamless. Though she’s only spending two nights there before returning again in December, it almost seemed like the concert was designed for the Forum and the dedicated fans there on this night.
Gaga will continue the Joanne World Tour at the Forum on Wednesday, and will return again on Dec. 18.