Lady Gaga discusses recent Israel show

'The world view of Israel is just not reality,' said the singer

Lady Gaga has discussed her recent gig in Israel.

The singer played in Tel Aviv on September 13, but there had been speculation she might cancel the gig due to conflict in the region. Artists including Cee Lo Green, Neil Young and the Backstreet Boys all recently pulled dates in Israel in response to the unrest between the country and Palestine.

However, Gaga’s show went ahead, with the singer telling The Independent that the gig was “fantastic!”. She commented: “Tel Aviv was magnificent. The world view of Israel is just not reality. It’s in a beautiful place, the people are in good spirits. I had a very emotional show with those fans. It was wonderful.”

For the gig, Gaga was joined by current collaborator, Tony Bennett. “…I was very overwhelmed when Tony surprised me there,” she said. “I knew he was coming in [to Tel Aviv] for a show, but he came a day early and he said: ‘Hey, you wanna sing ‘Anything But Love’ at the ArtRave?’ And I thought: ‘Gosh, how magnificent! To bridge the jazz and the pop world at the same time.’ And at that show there were 25,000 people singing every word.”

Gaga recently released her duet album with Bennett, titled ‘Cheek To Cheek’. The LP features many jazz standards including ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)’, ‘Sophisticated Lady’, ‘Lush Life’ and the album’s title track. Gaga had previously worked with Bennett on his 2011 ‘Duets II’ album, recording a version of ‘The Lady Is A Tramp’.