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Lady Gaga Joins U2 on Stage at Las Vegas’ Sphere

Gaga and U2 collaborated on "Shallow," "All I Want Is You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."

Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California.

Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California.

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The stars aligned at Las Vegas’ Sphere on Wednesday night (Oct. 25), as Lady Gaga joined U2 on stage for what turned out to be a mini set.

Dressed in a dark leather jacket, black tights and shades, Mother Monster was introduced to stage by Bono as “the most audacious, vivacious woman in any room she’s ever in,” Variety reports.


Sphere is no ordinary room. It’s a $2.3 billion, next-generation entertainment medium, with floor-to-ceiling graphics, thanks to nearly-580,000 square feet of fully programmable LED paneling — the largest screen of its type in the world. The images that have filtered back from U2’s residency are nothing short of mindbending.

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Gaga came to play, and she dueted on “Shallow,” her Oscar-winning, Billboard Hot 100-leading number from A Star is Born, braced by two U2 classics, Rattle and Hum track “All I Want Is You” and the Joshua Tree hit “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

It’s not the first time Gaga and U2 have come together to make sweet music.

Back in 2015, Gaga joined U2 at Madison Square Garden for a rendition of “Ordinary Love,” the rock band’s contribution to the soundtrack for the 2013 Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. On that occasion, the pop singer dueted with Bono and played piano.

Gaga is making something of a habit of teaming up with legendary rock bands from the British Isles. Last week, Gaga took the mic during the encore of the Rolling Stones’ intimate show at New York City’s the Racket, for a performance of “Sweet Sounds of Heaven,” the collaborative track lifted from the British band’s 26th album released in America, Hackney Diamonds. With a little help from Gaga, Hackney Diamonds led the midweek U.K. albums chart by a country mile, by outselling the rest of the top 10 combined.

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Bono & Co. wrap up their 25-concert U2:UV Achtung Baby Live run in December.

This article was originally published by Billboard U.S.

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AJ McLean and Jelly Roll attend the 2024 BMG Pre-Grammy Party at Bar Lis on Jan. 30, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.
AJ McLean and Jelly Roll attend the 2024 BMG Pre-Grammy Party at Bar Lis on Jan. 30, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

AJ McLean and Jelly Roll attend the 2024 BMG Pre-Grammy Party at Bar Lis on Jan. 30, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

Country

Jelly Roll Teams Up With AJ McLean For Run Through Backstreet Boys’ ‘I Want It That Way’ During Toronto Show

Wednesday night's (July 10) gig was part of Jelly's first-ever international swing of shows.

Jelly Roll continues to provide proof that dreams do come true. On Wednesday night (July 10) during his first-ever solo international date, the “Save Me” singer brought out a very special guest to help him celebrate. Performing at the 2,500-capacity venue History in Toronto, the country superstar surprised the sold-out house by inviting the Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean out to help him on a run through the boy band’s iconic 1999 single “I Want It That Way.”

“Get on out here AJ, let’s sing some music for these motherf–kers in Toronto, baby!,” Jelly shouted as McLean waltzed on stage to screams from the crowd. The two men were in perfect harmony on their duet, with the audience enthusiastically helping out on the “tell me whyyyy” chorus as if the whole thing had been rehearsed beforehand.

This article was first published by Billboard U.S.

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