As I waited in my seat at Rogers Place watching the hot pink numbers on the giant digital clock tick down – letting the anticipation of what’s to come build up – I knew in that moment it was going to be a stunning show, both vocally and visually. Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour was nothing short of impressive. It consisted of seven acts plus an encore; each act had a theme, which was reflected in the set and Gaga’s outfit changes.
The Joanne World Tour consumed the arena – there were four stages: the main stage, which had a moving floor and a large screen, two smaller round stages in the middle of the floor that elevated and another stage at the back where her piano sat. The back stage was multi-tiered and lined with LED lights. As I was waiting for the show to start I couldn’t help but wonder how she would get from stage to stage. I was beyond stunned when what I thought what were overhead screens started descending and acted as bridges – she hopped around from stage to stage for the majority of her two-hour, 22-song show.
“I’m so glad they built all around the arena so I can see each and every one of you!” Gaga said during act four.
With hits like “Born This Way” and “Million Reasons” Gaga’s Little Monsters, a term she uses to lovingly describe her fans, know she has a deep and powerful soul – something I quickly learned. She chatted with the crowd frequently throughout her show – talking about the meaning of life, how she found happiness within herself and why everyone should love themselves for who they are.