NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Lady Gaga has returned to the New York City bar where she performed years ago as an unsigned act to sing songs from her new album.
Gaga sang tracks from “Joanne,” released Friday, at The Bitter End late Thursday, going from piano to guitar. She was backed by a band that included Mark Ronson, who produced the new album, and Hillary Lindsey, who co-wrote with Gaga.
Robert De Niro, Helen Mirren, die-hard fans and music industry insiders were all in attendance.
The Grammy winner, who grew up in New York City, performed songs including “Million Reasons” and “Joanne,” an homage to her aunt who died at 19 from lupus before Gaga was born. Joanne is the singer’s middle name.
“I’ve been playing here since I was 15 years old,” Gaga told the crowd. “Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support me over the years here, this is where I started.”
After the performance inside, Gaga performed outside for her feverish fans. She sang two more songs from the bar’s roof, even sitting down on the edge of the roof to belt out lyrics as fans and residents cheered her on.
The event was streamed live on her Facebook page.
The Thursday show, also attended by Gaga’s mother and father as well as Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of the Comedy Central series “Broad City,” was the second date on her Dive Bar Tour with Bud Light. She performed the first show two weeks ago in Nashville, Tennessee, and a third performance, at an unannounced location, will take place Oct. 27.
Gaga will headline the Super Bowl halftime show in February.
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