Lady Gaga showed that she could rock a club just as hard as arenas as she showcased songs from her new album.
The Grammy winner played a short set at the 5 Spot bar in Nashville on Wednesday night to a small crowd of fans and guests and included three new songs from her forthcoming album, “Joanne.”
She introduced herself as Lady Gaga from New York City, but asked her fans “tonight if you could just call me Joanne,” which is the name of her aunt, who died at 19 and is also her middle name. The album is set for release Oct. 21. The performance was streamed live on tour partner Bud Light’s Facebook page, as will upcoming bar shows on Oct. 20 and Oct. 27.
Lady Gaga greeted crowds lined up behind police barricades before walking into the club wearing an embroidered jacket and large brimmed hat that covered her eyes and carrying a guitar case. She started with “Sinner’s Prayer,” followed with “A-Yo,” and then brought in top country songwriter Hillary Lindsey as backup vocals on “Million Reasons,” which Lindsey co-wrote.
Lindsey is one of a trio of songwriters in Nashville who wrote the country hit “Girl Crush,” performed by Little Big Town.
Lady Gaga returned after a short break with her current single, “Perfect Illusion,” and jumped into the crowd to sing and dance along with her fans.
After signing autographs, she played a second set for fans who had waited hours outside and sang the album’s title song as well.
She told the crowd of just over 100 people that she couldn’t “give away too much tonight,” and left them wanting more as they chanted “Joanne.”