Lady Gaga Looks Limber, Prays for San Antonio as 'Joanne World Tour' Hits Detroit

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 Lady Gaga performs onstage during her "Joanne" World Tour at Citi Field on Aug. 28, 2017 in New York. 

Lady Gaga's Joanne World Tour is back in business and "Bad Romance" after taking an enforced break due to health reasons earlier this fall.

Gaga, you'll recall, canceled her Rock in Rio festival show slated for Sept. 15 and pushed her European tour back to 2018 due to debilitating body pain caused by fibromyalgia, which Gaga revealed she's been suffering with for years. But three shows into the resumed trek, before a nearly full house on Tuesday night (Nov. 7) at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena, Gaga appeared energetic and limber, cruising through the 22-song, two-hour-and-10-minute show in mid-tour form. 

Though she tweeted "It feels so good to (be) on stage. I cried w happiness I'm back where I belong. My home. With u. #LittleMonsters" after returning to the road on Nov. 3 in Montreal, Gaga didn't mention the hiatus or health concerns at all on Tuesday. Instead she stuck to the tightly scripted and choreographed show, navigating the four stages spanning the length of the arena and working through the ensemble dance numbers -- particularly on the main stage, which rose and tilted for visually dynamic but physically challenging routines for Gaga and her nine dancers. The show had its usual moments of intimacy, including a solo piano rendition of "The Edge Of Glory," "Angel Down," "Joanne" and the emotive show-closer "Million Reasons," but the night was dominated by pyrotechnics, lasers, prepared videos and other visual stunts -- including stage-to-stage ramps doubling as video screens that lowered from three cloud-like pods near the arena ceiling. 

Gaga did, however, ask the Detroit crowd to "say a prayer for San Antonio," referring to the church shootings that killed 26 on Sunday in nearby Sutherland Springs, Texas, during "Angel Down." And many of her song introductions doubled as socio-political commentary, particularly in relation to the LGBTQ community that's so prominent amongst her Little Monsters fan base. "Everybody is welcome here," Gaga told the Detroit crowd, "no matter who you are, 'cause everybody's got to love each other. We've got to stop throwing stones at our sisters and our brothers...Why do we have to bring each other down when there's more than enough love to go around."

The Joanne World Tour's current North American leg winds up Dec. 18 in at The Forum Inglewood, Calif., while the postponed European leg begins Jan. 14 in Barcelona. More international dates are expected to be announced as well. Gaga will also be starring in the latest remake of A Star Is Born with Bradley Cooper, slated to open during May. 


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