Lady Gaga delighted fans with a performance of new track Million Reasons as she kicked off her Dive Bar Tour on Wednesday night (05Oct16).
The 30-year-old singer kept the venue for the first night of her tour a secret until just 20 minutes before she arrived at The 5 Spot in Nashville, Tennessee. Pulling up at the bar, Gaga took the time to give her waiting fans high fives before making her way to the stage and perching on a stool to perform song Sinner's Prayer to the excited crowd.
She followed that with song A-YO, before debuting her latest single Million Reasons. Speaking to the audience before the performance, Gaga explained: "All these men – my dad, my boyfriends, all the men in my life – they give me a million reasons, but I just need one good one to stick around."
Lyrics to the song include: "You’re giving me a million reasons to let you go/ You’re giving me a million reasons to quit the show/ You’re giving me a million reasons/ Give me a million reasons / Giving me a million reasons/ About a million reasons."
The ballad is in sharp contrast to Perfect Illusion - the first single released from upcoming album Joanne - and is produced by Mark Ronson, BloodPop and Hillary Lindsey, a songwriter famous in Nashville. She closed the set with it, just 30 minutes after arriving on the stage.
"Nashville. We love you. Good night," she shouted as she finished.
The singer will perform two further shows on the mini tour on 20 and 27 October (16).
Speaking recently about what appealed to her about performing to such an intimate audience, Gaga told Carson Daly on 97.1 AMP Radio: "When you play in a big arena - which is wonderful - or in a stadium, I've done that before a lot too and it's just an incredible and amazing rush, it feels good for you as a performer, maybe, but for the audience, they're a lot farther away from you.
"Dive bars, by the way that I grew up in New York when I was 19 on the Lower East Side, everybody had a production. It's intimate, but you also have to think of things that are simple on your own and it requires using your mind on a small stage. I want people to show up and see something very big in a very small place."