Lady Gaga Announces The Return Of Dive Bar Tour, Performing New Music

Lady Gaga and Bud Light are joining forces for another intimate dive bar tour kicking off in Las Vegas next month.

Last October, Gaga hit the road to embark on a three-city Dive Bar Tour in collaboration with Bud Light. It was a nod to her roots as a performer, and the perfect opportunity to sing a couple of songs off her then forthcoming record Joanne.

Ahead of Gaga's 60-date Joanne World Tour, where she’ll sing and dance in front of tens of thousands of fans at a time, the pop star wants to relish in smaller moments.

Thursday, July 13: Las Vegas – Lady Gaga
Wednesday, July 26, 2017: Los Angeles – SURPRISE headliner, and friend of Bud Light
Wednesday, August 30, 2017: New Orleans – SURPRISE headliner, and friend of Bud Light

"All the time, I think about how I started out in my career, and I was just playing in bars downtown in New York -- and you miss that, you know?" Gaga told Billboard. "It's a very wonderful, intimate connection that you get to make with the audience."

Two artists will join Gaga on the tour, but they’re saving the surprise for later.




Billboard had a Q&A with Gaga regarding the BLDBT. Read the full thing here. Below are several highlights:

You're picking up where you left off last year with the Bud Light Dive Bar Tour, but this time around, you're heading to Las Vegas. Why did you want to get back out on the Dive Bar Tour?

I just love playing in bars, and I got to tell you: All the time, I think about how I started out in my career, and I was just playing in bars downtown in New York -- and you miss that, you know? It's a very wonderful, intimate connection that you get to make with the audience, and it's all about, you know, friendship and love and bonding. It's incredible.

How will this year's Dive Bar show be different now that fans have had eight months with the Joanne album instead of it being the first time they hear many of these songs like it was last year?

The Dive Bar shows last year, they were informed by the fact that the fans hadn't heard a lot of the material yet. So I approached them more like a sort of pseudo-electro, pop-underground moment, as opposed to just me at the piano. But this time around for the Dive Bar Tour, I intend for it to be even more intimate than it was the last time. I really want to break the songs down and talk to the audience even more and just, you know, sing the hell out of my songs.

The Dive Bar Tour is a little different this time around, since you're passing the torch to two new artists who will have their own stops. I know those artists are under wraps for now, but can you tease what fans might be able to expect from the other Dive Bar shows down the line?

I feel like it's really exciting that this is happening, because this Dive Bar/Bud Light concept was something that we invented together, and I feel so excited that it's living on. And what I will tell you about these future artists that are playing is that it's a very diverse group. Everything that you're seeing at these dive bars are not going to be the same: It's not the same types of artists, it's not connected in any way. It's all about celebrating diversity.

What are some of the major differences between getting in a tiny room of 250 at a bar in Silver Lake and getting in front of a crowd of 40,000 at some of the baseball parks you have lined up for the Joanne tour?

When you're playing in a baseball stadium, it's possible to see some fans in the front, but it's not possible to see as many up close and personal. And at the dive bar, depending on the configuration, you can really see everyone. So I think the intention is to, when I'm in the arena, to really kind of slow it down sometimes and really connect with each person in the most intimate way that I can, like it would be in a dive bar. And then when I'm playing in a dive bar, the idea is to be intimate at times but then to be explosive and big as well, to give people a feeling of what it would be like to see me in a bigger venue.

Speaking of a bigger venue, you headlined Coachella in April and debuted your new song "The Cure" there. Do you have any plans to bring out some new music on the world tour?

Absolutely! It's going to be really fun, and I'm really excited.

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