Lady Gaga Shout Outs for Marriage Equality, Reproductive Freedoms on New Tour

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Sunday August 14, 2022
Originally published on August 9, 2022

Lady Gaga Shout Outs for Marriage Equality, Reproductive Freedoms on New Tour
  (Source:AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Lady Gaga thrilled audiences as her COVID-delayed "Chromatica Ball" tour got underway, with Gaga shouting out her support for marriage equality and reproductive freedoms from the stage, USA Today reported.

In a set that included pyrotechnics, dynamic lighting, frequent costume changes, and renditions of hits from across her catalogue — including "Just Dance," "Poker Face," "Telephone," and more — Gaga introduced LGBTQ+ anthem "Born This Way" with piano and "deliberate phrasing before bursting into the mirror ball version with a handful of dancers and yelling, 'They better not mess with gay marriage in this country!' " the newspaper's account related.

That wasn't the superstar's last word on politics — or her last defiant expression of support for marginalized fans.

"In between two gems from 'A Star is Born,' the magical 'Shallow' — her voice a mighty, versatile instrument — and the tender-yet-grand piano ballad 'Always Remember Us This Way,' Gaga turned pensive," the USA Today article said.

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While Gaga could have remained in place, she instead disappeared for another costume change and re-emerged in black fishnet stockings and a matching purple and black leotard and headpiece that looked like a prop from the "Star Wars" cantina.

But the flashy outfit was a direct contrast to the most compelling part of the concert.

In between two gems from "A Star is Born," the magical "Shallow" — her voice a mighty, versatile instrument — and the tender-yet-grand piano ballad "Always Remember Us This Way," Gaga turned pensive.

"Over the past few years this country has been very brave and showed a lot of courage and there was a lot of pain," the article quoted the recording artist as saying.

"We wish we could go back and change what happened, but I want to remember your bravery," Gaga added. "I think the world is pretty special, even though it's fucked up, too."

Later on, Gaga focused on freedoms that the Supreme Court has already rolled back, as she dedicated "a soaring take on "The Edge of Glory' " to "every woman in America who now has to worry about her body if she gets pregnant.

"I pray that this country will speak up," Gaga went on to say. "That we will stick together and not stop until it's right."

Already right is the "Chromatica Ball" tour itself, which, USA Today declared, "delivered peak Gaga."

The tour continues through Sept. 17.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.