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Tears flowed freely last night at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom. Some came from the headlining act Lady Gaga, who admitted to bawling just before she hit the stage at 9 p.m. — overwhelmed by the energy and strength her fans provide her. For others attending the show, their watery eyes came because the April 7 evening marked the final concert at Manhattan’s storied venue.
The conclusion of her seven-show Roseland residency began as the rest have: a slow-winding piano ballad version of “Born This Way.” But throughout her concert, Gaga made sure to show the building all the love it deserved.
“Raise your glass to Roseland,” she demanded before her addict love song “Dope.” “Cheers to Roseland and the last time the joint gets high!” After, she sang “You and I” on her makeshift F train subway car, then launched into a kiss-off monologue to haters that have been awaiting her downfall since her career began.
“If I’m not here next year,” she said toward the end of the speech, “you better enjoy me while I last.” It was a tight, 90-minute concert. And though it was the grand finale for Roseland — a forum that’s hosted the likes of Prince, Grace Jones, Bon Jovi and Madonna, there was no grand gesture by Gaga to mark the occasion outside of the confetti that rained down during “Applause.” No guest appearance from a legendary New Yorker or anything.
Following her one-song encore (“G.U.Y.”), Gaga — a New York native herself — humbly took a bow with her dancers. “Roseland, thank you for all the wonderful memories you’ve given us,” she said. “Thank you for giving us this historic opportunity.” And just like that, Roseland was closed for business.
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.
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