Lady Gaga Changes Things Up For Tour with Tony Bennett

(Radio.com) There will be no lucite runaways, larger-than-life statues by Jeff Koons, or dresses made of meat on Lady Gaga's tour with Tony Bennett. But that doesn't mean it will be boring--this is Gaga after all.

Instead, lighting designer LeRoy Bennett says Little Monsters should expect the Cheek to Cheek tour, which kicked off a four-night run at New York City's Radio City Music Hall last Friday (June 19), to be classy and sophisticated, with a little touch of Gaga thrown in for good measure.

"Gaga's always Gaga," Bennett tells Radio.com over the phone. "This is her showing who she is as a studio artist. She's a phenomenal singer and she's a great songwriter and she's just doing this with an artist that she has huge respect for. So it's a lot of fun for her."

It's also been a lot of fun for Bennett (no relation to Tony) too, who has already worked with Gaga six times in the last five years through his company Seven Design Works as the production and lighting designer on her last two tours, 2010's Monster Ball Tour and 2014's artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball, along with designing for her sold out run of shows at the Roseland Ballroom in New York before it closed for good. Most recently, he teamed up with Gaga to honor the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music at the 87th Annual Academy Awards.

"It is very important to know who the artist is, what they've done before, where they are now, where you see them going in the future," Bennett says of working with the same artist multiple times. "Any artist, they make their money off live and touring shows now. You're really only as good as your last show." Read more here.

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