At a period in her life when she wasn’t sure whether she’d ever make a return to a stage like this again, Lady Gaga admitted as she sat at a piano made of thorns in the center of a riveted sold-out crowd at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Yes, a lot has changed since Gaga’s last tour, for both her and the rest of the globe.
She was forced to delay and ultimately cancel the final leg of her Joanne World Tour in 2018 because of “severe bodily agony” brought on by fibromyalgia. Due to COVID worries, the stadium tour for “Chromatica Ball” that was scheduled for 2020 had to be postponed twice. Chromatica, the record she intended to tour in support of, saw a brief delay in release also because of the pandemic.
Or, as the performer, singer, and actress put it, “This bitch has been to the grave and back!” with a mix of humor, introspection, and swagger. The Chromatica Ball’s North American leg began on Saturday night, and the start of the event was marked by a complex mix of tones and emotions (August 6th).
The two-hour, ten-minute show, which was divided into four parts and included a prologue, conclusion, and encore, merged victory, vulnerability, celebration, defiance, heartbreak, and cathartic blowout moments as skillfully as Gaga has always combined her many different aesthetic influences.