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Lady Gaga in concert, Detroit, Michigan, press 2018
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Five things you'll see when Lady Gaga plays The O2

Thank the rhinestone heavens as pop juggernaut Lady Gaga finally returns to the capital

By Nick Levine
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Last year, Lady Gaga postponed all her European dates because she was suffering with chronic pain caused by fibromyalgia syndrome. She finally brings the Joanne World Tour to London this week, and here’s what to expect…

1. Serious muso skills
Her latest, and slightly underrated, album ‘Joanne’ strips back the disco glitz to reveal Gaga the musician. It’s a blend of country, soft rock and folk that really allows her to show off that fabulous voice. Gaga plays guitar and keytar on several ‘Joanne’ tracks, but if she pulls out her party trick – bashing the piano keys with her stiletto heels – the whole arena will have to down a drink

2. Super-emotional moments
The album is named after Gaga’s late aunt, Joanne Germanotta, who succumbed to lupus at a tragically young age. She’ll surely sing the folky title track in her honour. Gaga’s also been dedicating her epic power ballad ‘The Edge of Glory’ to a close friend who recently died of cancer. So if you’re planning to wear mascara to the show, make sure it’s waterproof.

3. Dizzying dance routines
Okay, so the ‘Joanne’ album is all about Gaga the muso, but she’s too much of a pro not to pepper her setlist with bangers like ‘Poker Face’ and ‘Telephone’. You’ll get breathless just watching her smash through the Brylcreem-slick choreography.

4. Loads of costume changes
These days, Gaga doesn’t spew out couture the way she did back in the ‘Paparazzi’ era. But that doesn’t mean she dresses like a librarian. Her current tour outfits include a puffa coat so big it looks like a sleeping bag, and body suits decorated with enough Swarovski crystals to fund a flat deposit. And if you’re partial to red rubber, you’ll be made up.

5. More cowboy hats than a Nashville wedding
Have you always secretly wanted to wear a pink sparkly cowboy hat to a gig? Now’s your chance. Gaga and her dancers will be rocking all manner of rodeo-appropriate millinery; frankly, it would be rude not to follow the dress code.

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