Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lady Gaga Back on the Edge of Glory at PPG Paints Arena

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lady Gaga Back on the Edge of Glory at PPG Paints Arena

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Outside PPG Paints Arena Monday night, there was a cluster of guys with "Trust Jesus" signs, one of them with a megaphone loudly urging all who entered not to give their soul over to the devil.

Inside, it was the church of Gaga, and had they gone in themselves, they would have seen way more suggestive dancing than they'd ever care to see, but mostly they would have seen a whole lot of love.

They would have heard Lady Gaga talk intimately about her family, how her chronic pain moved her to dig back into that history and title her latest album and tour after Joanne, her father's sister who died at 19. They would have heard her talk about "the tremendous grief that was passed on to us" from that long-ago tragedy and share "a moment to honor the ones we lost - and the ones we have."

They would have heard her read a handwritten letter thrown on stage by a fan describing how her songs lifted him out of a near-suicidal depression. Then they would have witnessed her jump down into the crowd to embrace him.

They would have seen her eschew the usual wild ending for a more tender finish, where she brought on stage a boy with autism named Owen and serenaded him at the lucite piano with tearful ballad "Million Reasons."

They would have heard her talk loving people of all races, genders and sexual orientations, and heard declare that even the people who DON'T believe in equality deserved to be loved.

Of course, they would have seen a state-of-the-art dance-pop production from a sublimely gifted performer. Her ability to gyrate through pounding disco tracks "Scheie" and "Perfect Illusion" and then torch the place at the piano with a solo version of "The Edge of Glory" is light years beyond the capability of most performers.

As always, the production was lavish, starting with Gaga appearing high on a riser in a bedazzled cowboy outfit for "Diamond Heart."

"I need you to get on your feet," she said, "because it's Monday night, which means ... it's time to party."

The Little Monsters didn't need a lot of prodding with Gaga and her dancers working a tricked-out stage with bangers like "A-Yo" and "Poker Face. …

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