"I was in a classic rock cover band at the same time I was in jazz band in high school and doing jazz state competitions," Mother Monster explained. "We were called 'Mackin' Pulsifer.' I have a real passion for Robert Plant's vocals, Led Zeppelin was a huge inspiration for me. I'm certain that side of my musicianship will seep through the pores of music in the future."
Gaga released a jazz collaboration with Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek, last month. The pair reworked standards like "Anything Goes," "Let's Face the Music and Dance" and "I Won't Dance." The release went straight to number one on Billboard's Top 200 chart and Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart. "Tony and I spent over a year choosing and singing all sorts of standards from 'The Great American Songbook,'" she said during her AMA. "We chose the ones on the album for their message, their timeless longevity, and because we wished to embody a classic sound and approach to recording that would inspire the young generation who's discovering Jazz for the first time. In one word, my relationship with Tony: magical. My parents are so happy they can barely stand it! They've been on the road and by my side every second, with my sister Natali too, and Bobby my manager. We're all a big family."
The singer is currently on tour in Europe and the U.K. through November.