Lady Gaga Brining ‘Monster Ball’ To North America
Land of Punt couldn’t pick Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga) out of a police lineup, but as soon as we see a diminutive, slightly masculine, blonde decked out in some crazy costume we immediately know it’s Lady Gaga.
Now, non-L.G. fans couldn’t name one of her songs, but they do know who she is and what she does. Meaning, Lady Gaga is more famous than her music.
In a prime example of the 21st century pop culture, Lady Gaga’s debut album, The Fame (2008), is all about “fame and celebrity.” In yet another paradigm of 21st century pop culture, her second album, The Fame Monster (2009), consists of left over tracks from her first album, all of which deal with fame’s darker side.
So the sum total of Lady Gaga’s creative output is nothing more than an examination of the phenomenon of fame. In other words, she’s famous for singing about fame.
Monster Ball Tour with Kanye West canceled in October of 2009.
Monster Ball Tour revamped for European outing in February of 2010.
Monster Ball Tour coming to North America starting June 28.
The famous Lady Gaga is hitting the road this summer for a 31-date tour of North America. Gaga describes her stage show as a “pop-electro opera.” That’s code for it’s more like a musical than a rock concert.
Lady Gaga: “The theatrics and story elements are in the style of an opera. Imagine if you could take the sets of an opera, which are very grand and very beautiful, and put them through a pop-electro lens. The design of the show is very, very forward, very, very innovative. I’ve been thinking about ways to play with the shape of this stage and change the way that we watch things.”
Gaga’s “pop-electro opera” features lots of costume changes, a 40-foot animatronic sea monster, scantily clad dancers, and a narrative.
Lady Gaga: “It has a New York theme. It’s a story and the story is that me and my friends are in New York and we’re going to the Monster Ball, and we get lost.”
Highlights of Gaga’s upcoming tour include shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the Toyota Center in Houston, Staples Center in Los Angeles, General Motors Place in Vancouver B.C., and the Wachoiva Center in Philadelphia.
At the time of writing this article, Gaga is not scheduled to visit Chicago nor has she booked any shows for August 6-8. The assumption is Ms. Gaga will perform at the 2010 Lollapalooza Festival at Grant Park in Chicago.
In between her elaborate “pop-electro operas,” Lady Gaga will be spending a lot of time with her lawyers. She’s the target of a $35 million lawsuit recently filed by Rob Fusari, her former mentor and boyfriend.
Fusari is a music producer who claims he co-wrote some of her songs, helped her get a record deal, and invented the name “Lady Gaga.”
Neither Gaga nor her representatives have publically responded to the lawsuit.
June 28 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
July 1 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
July 4 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
July 6 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
July 11 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
July 14 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
July 15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
July 17 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
July 20 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Ford Center
July 22 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
July 25 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
July 28 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
July 31 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
August 3 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
August 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
August 13 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand
August 16 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
August 19 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden
August 21 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
August 23 – Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
August 26 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
August 30 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Sept. 1 – Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center
Sept. 4 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace Of Auburn Hills
Sept. 5 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
Sept. 7 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Sept. 8 – Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena
Sept. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
Sept. 16 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
Sept. 18 – Charlotte, NC @Time Warner Cable Arena
Sept. 19 – Raleigh, NC @ RBC Center