Still riding the wave of her lauded Super Bowl Halftime performance and the announcement of her world tour, Lady Gaga has dropped the third music video off her album Joanne for the track “John Wayne.” Might as well maximize the spotlight while it’s hot.
The singer exclusively released the video Wednesday on Apple Music, before it officially hit YouTube on Thursday. Jonas Åkerlund, a frequent Madonna collaborator who was also behind 2010’s “Telephone,” her collaboration with Beyoncé, directed, so it follows that the “John Wayne” video harkens back to the classic Lady Gaga-style of her Born This Way and The Fame days.
The action in “John Wayne” picks up right where the video for her ballad “Million Reasons” leaves off, just as the “Million Reasons” video begins where the video for “Perfect Illusion” ended.
Gaga, still clad in her now very recognizable pink cowboy hat and matching pantsuit puts down the guitar to ride horseback with a guy whom we can only assume is her “real wild” John Wayne. “Can I just like, hang off the back of your horse, and can you go a little faster?!” she all but shrieks in the intro to the song.
From there, Gaga essentially descends into madness. We see her doing crazy stunts while riding a motorcycle in a racy leather cut-out outfit. She gets involved in a Mad Max-style car chase. She shows off a slew of new moves with a crew of backup dancers. She can apparently shoot her insanely high platform boots like a gun. There’s explosions, quite a few costume changes, substance-fueled debauchery (the line “Baby, let’s get high” is part of the chorus, after all), and she may have even died at the end—who can really tell amid all the chaos? Buckle up, and watch the video for yourself below:
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