“I keep seeing this girl. It’s in a dream,” Lady Gaga says. “In the dream, I’m playing at an amphitheater, outdoors, and beyond the seats there’s a field in back — it’s the cheap tickets. That’s where the girl is sitting, dressed in a Hanes sweatshirt, wearing her mom’s rolled-up jeans. She has three babies, two are running around her. There’s a cigarette in her hand, a glass of Pinot Grigio. She’s got on a lot of jewelry, mostly fake, but she also has on one heirloom piece. This girl is singing every word and she thinks, ‘How is it possible that Lady Gaga understands how I feel?’ That girl — it’s me. She’s the one I’m writing to. With ‘Joanne,’ I wanted to reach people. I wanted to bring all parts of the country together through this record.”
That is Lady Gaga talking to author Tama Janowitz (“Slaves of New York”) over Pinot and clove cigarettes in an interview for V Magazine’s fall music issue. It illustrates one of the remarkable qualities of Gaga, a superstar who manages to maintain an authentic connection not only with fans in the back row but those unable to scratch together the money to see her perform at all.
This may be no surprise to anyone who has seen her Netflix documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” or those who were at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors on Memorial Day Weekend 2008 when an unknown Stefani Germanotta walked in and asked if she could perform a song she had recorded, “Just Dance.”
"She came out with her dancers and put on a showstopping performance. Afterward, she stayed and played. She was so kind and sweet to the customers," Bill’s co-owner Jackson Padgett would recall.
Gaga apparently has lost none of her charm, winning over even the jaded Janowitz, who came up with the hard-partying literary “Brat Pack” of 1980s New York with Bret Easton Ellis and Jay McInerney.
“I just have to admire this creature, the same as I would admire a brilliantly colored hummingbird or flower, a rose in full bloom, the petals not yet starting to droop,” Janowitz writes. “I still don’t know what makes her tick, but I can say — and with an acute radar for phoniness — I walked away from our interview with only praise and awe.”
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Cost: Sold out; resale tickets start at $66