Lady Gaga cut short her last performance at the Chromatica Ball World Tour in Miami after a thunderstorm forced her off the stage.
Born This Way singer She shared a touching video on Instagram, in which she apologized to her 53 million followers and told them it was not safe for the show to continue because “even when the rain stopped there was lightning hitting the ground straight, to us.”
The Chromatica Ball World Tour kicked off in Dusseldorf on July 17, and has traveled to London, Paris, Tokyo, Stockholm, Arnhem (in the Netherlands), Toronto and several US states.
The September 17 show at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, on Saturday night was the final night of the tour. She had to drop the show with only six songs.
In the two-and-a-half-minute video, in which Gaga is still wearing her latex suit and stage makeup, she says, crying, “We really tried to finish the show tonight in Miami but we couldn’t.”
She continues, “I know for a really long time I’ve always wanted to be like that hard core, bad b****, but what I really want is to also be responsible and loving and I don’t know what I would do if anything happened to anyone.” In the audience or to any member of my crew, my band, my dancers.”
As she spoke, she was holding some red roses, which she recalls saying, “So I’m sorry we couldn’t do the epic performance of Rain On Me in the Rain but what’s worth more to me is life, and whoever threw these to me on stage (roses). I will cherish her forever.”
Gaga – who has previously spoken about her battles with depression, anxiety, PTSD and fibromyalgia – continues that it took a lot “to get back to a place where I can perform and be healthy, and I hope you know that part why I decided not to finish the show is that I’m healthy and it’s a healthy decision for you.” Everyone and myself too.”
She concluded, “I’d rather be dry, but we’re all alive, so go home and be safe and I’ll see you next time I’m on stage and until then Chromatica is never over because Chromatica is about healing and Chromatica is about knowing you’re enough. And I feel enough tonight even though I’m not done, I really feel like enough, so thank you for giving me that, I love you.”
Chromatica was her sixth album released in May 2020 and features a collaboration with Ariana Grande, Elton John, and South Korean girl group Blackpink. It was Gaga’s sixth consecutive number one on the Billboard 200 (US music album charts).
In 2021, she released a modified version of Chromatica, called Dawn Of Chromatica, and included further collaborations with artists such as Charli XCX and Rina Sawayama.
In a second Instagram post, Gaga added, “I’m sorry I couldn’t finish the show, it was so dangerous because the lightning was so unpredictable and changing moment by moment, I love you.
“Look, for years some of you called me ‘Monster Mother,’ I knew in my heart it was best to keep you safe. Thank you for believing in me.
“This was the greatest tour of my life and I will cherish this moment forever – it took so long to heal, but I did.”
The star, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, became famous after the release of her debut album The Fame in 2008.
She won 13 Grammy Awards, and an Oscar for co-writing the song Shallow from the 2018 hit movie A Star Is Born.