Gaga, wearing a crop top tee and silver shorts and armed only with a microphone, belted her energetic, driving dance-rock single with a head-banging performance that mirrored the single’s cover art. “Get your hands up now!,” Gaga screamed during the song’s bridge.
At song’s end, Gaga twirled the microphone above her head, alluding to her upcoming “Perfect Illusion” video.
In addition to premiering “Perfect Illusion,” Gaga also performed a stripped- and slowed-down keyboard rendition of her hit “Bad Romance.” “I didn’t even remember the words,” Gaga joked at the end after clubgoers assisted her through the song’s final coda (via E! News).
— RDT Lady Gaga (@RDTLadyGaga) September 10, 2016
Following the release of “Perfect Illusion,” the first single off Gaga’s upcoming follow-up to 2013’s ArtPop, Rolling Stone spoke to producer Michael “BloodPop” Tucker, who worked with Gaga, Mark Ronson and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker on the track.
“There wasn’t a conversation of what it should sound like. We all kind of spoke a similar language,” BloodPop said. “The thing I’m most excited about is it’s totally non-derivative of anything on the radio right now — which I think is plaguing the radio a little bit, like this song sounds like that song. ‘Perfect Illusion,’ you can’t look at any song in the last five or 10 years and be like, ‘This sounds like that.’ It’s its own thing.”