Lady Gaga made her massive “Joanne” world tour feel intimate and personal at Citi Field Monday night.
That’s no small feat considering how huge the stadium is, but the native New Yorker was up to the challenge, using the video cameras and her troupe of 12 dancers to her advantage.
“As I stand here, my whole life is flashing before my eyes,” she said following “A-Yo.” “I have so much to say thank you for.”
And that’s exactly what she did throughout the show, taking time to pause and take in the moment while also blowing kisses to her fans.
Though the spotlight is on material from last year’s “Joanne” album, Gaga touched on all parts of her career, showing how easily her early hit “Poker Face” can fit with recent hit “Perfect Illusion.”
What was most impressive is how Gaga was able to out-sing herself on her earlier songs like “Telephone,” while she was dancing at full speed. On piano ballads like “The Edge of Glory,” her voice was even more powerful, masterfully hitting notes even higher than the studio version.
She stacked one hit on top of another early on, with her breakthrough “Just Dance” flowing into “LoveGame” and “Telephone.”
She dedicated “Come to Mama” to her singing partner Tony Bennett, thanking him for all his work during the civil rights movement and for inspiring her. “We welcome every single kind of person from every single kind of background,” she said, with the caveat that they must “believe that we are all equal.”
Gaga’s Citi Field crowd was more diverse than ever, with people of seemingly all ages, races and genders donning her trademark pink cowboy hats, ready to support Mother Monster.
But that support clearly goes both ways, dedicating part of “The Edge of Glory” to all the singers in the audience, who can accomplish what she has.
“It’s like I put my head down and worked and worked and worked,” said Gaga, who returns to Citi Field Tuesday night to wrap up her homestand. “Then I woke up and I was here.”