All-star audience at nostalgic Lady Gaga gig, just before album release

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Lady Gaga went back to her musical roots with a show at the New York City bar she performed in before getting signed.

But the audience looked a little different this time as she sang to a crowd including Robert De Niro and Helen Mirren - and her own parents - as she was backed by a band featuring Mark Ronson.

The show came hours before the release of her new album, Joanne, named after her aunt who died aged 19 of lupus. The Grammy winner's own middle name is also Joanne.

Selfies with fans outside the BBC.
Selfies with fans outside the BBC (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

She performed a number of rock and pop tracks, including Joanne and Million Reasons, at The Bitter End late on Thursday night after a series of international appearances to promote the album, which is released on Friday.

On Friday morning, Gaga, 30, featured in a BBC interview with Charlie Stayt and explained how she and Mark came to write music about the aunt who died before she was born.

She said: "He (Mark) asked me what I wanted to write about. He asked me what do I have to say.

"I began to talk about a poem that my father wrote about his sister (Joanne)."

Gaga rocks a classy look at Fashion Week in New York.
Gaga rocks a classy look at Fashion Week in New York (Seth Wenig/AP)

But when asked about her views on politics, the New York-born artist, who has previously been vocal about her support for US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, held back.

She said she had "nothing to say" about rival candidate Donald Trump and there was a long pause before she added: "Some people want to win races. Other people want to become president of the United States and change people's lives."

Gaga rounded up the Thursday night show with a special treat for fans outside - by sitting on the bar's roof to sing to more songs.