Lady Gaga's new single "Perfect Illusion" is her most stripped lead single to-date, but that doesn't mean her tour will follow suit.
Gaga says she's in a really happy place, and is thrilled with the reception to "Perfect Illusion." That radiance beamed through on her new interviews with Amp Radio and Fresh Radio on Monday, which streamed for thousands via a Facebook Live event. The song is produced by Mark Ronson, Bloodpop and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, and while there was major potential for production gymnastics, they her voice untouched. Will that organic sound bleed into her upcoming tour to promote the record? Not so much.
"Nothing is going to be particularly stripped down," Gaga said of the impending world tour via GagaDaily. "This is not me being like, "Oh, this is the real me, surprise!" This is just where I am in my life right now, how I feel right now. I always change. Whenever I make a new record, it always teaches me something. And these shows will be whatever feels right. The music is going to dictate the show. The music is really fun, but it's dynamic and I feel the show is going to be that way. It's going to make you laugh, and cry, and dance, and jump, and scream. And I miss my fans so much and I certainly want to give them what they want. And I think I know what they want. I think I do."
Gaga also mentions how personal the album is to her. "A lot of this record is about me delving into my relationship with my father, understanding him, healing my relationship with him. Also, about my relationship with my girl friends. One of my best friends has stage four cancer and I wrote a song about how me and my friends would get together without her to cry, because we couldn't cry in front of her. And then there's songs like "Hey Girl" with Florence about women lifting each other up. So, each record is about these sort of different things I've experienced just going back to being a woman and erasing fame from the equation when I'm in the studio."
As to when Little Monsters can expect to have the album in full? "Relatively soon," she said. "I can't give you the exact date, but it's coming before the end of the year. This is actually the most finished I've been with a record when the first single comes out. Mark [Ronson] is quite regimented. He has like a board, he calls it "The Board of Completion" and I call it "The Bored of Completion."
Watch both interviews below: