The live recording is part of the upcoming PBS special Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!, which taped in July. Decked out in an all-red ensemble and sans Bennett, Lady Gaga shows off her incredible vocals — save for a small band and pianist, she’s alone on stage. No backup dancers or elaborate set pieces here.
“Bang Bang,” of course, was originally sung by Cher, and Nancy Sinatra also released a popular version. Most recently, Beyonce sang a bit of it in the trailer for her HBO tour special earlier this summer.
Gaga’s version is all big notes and dramatic tension. Note to Gaga: More of this, please.