The first dates for the Gagster’s Born This Way Ball Tour have been announced, with the first stop on the 110-date tour to kick off in Seoul on April 27th.
Though the entire tour schedule has yet to be announced, so far there’s a rather conspicuous absence of any mainland Chinese city on the first list of tour dates.
As it stands, Ms. Gaggle’s only brush with the Chinese market will take place in at Asia World Arena in Hong Kong on May 2nd, the second stop on her world-eating extravaganza.
Perhaps it isn’t the esteemed Lady’s fault she won’t be arriving on mainland shores, since her music was deemed vulgar by Chinese authorities last year, along with Katy Perry and the Backstreet Boys.
The first list of tour dates (with dates for ticket sales in parentheses):
27-AprSeoul // Olympic Stadium (TBC)
2-MayHong Kong // Asia World Arena (Feb 27th 10am)
10-MayTokyo // Saitama Super Arena(Mar 11th 10am)
28-MaySingapore // Indoor Stadium (Feb 27th 10am)
7-JunAuckland // Vector Arena (Feb 17th 9am)
13-JunBrisbane // Brisbane Entertainment Centre (Feb 17th 9am)
20-JunSydney // Allphones Arena (Feb 17th 9am)
21-JunSydney // Allphones Arena (Feb 17th 9am)
27-JunMelbourne // Rod Laver Arena (Feb 28th 9am)
7-Jul Perth // Burswood Dome(Feb 17th 9am)
The Born This Way Ball will include a medieval castle set, which is great news, because it means a Spinal Tap-esque Stonehenge tribute can’t be far off.
Hong Kong will of course be overrun with Gaga-loving mainland locusts for the concert (which coincides with the Labor Day holiday), possibly creating a tense situation which Mother Monster hopefully gets wind of and defuses with her kitschy love and acceptance schtick.
Honestly though, Hong Kong should be plenty happy with how far they’ve come as a destination for international artists, since it used to be considered a perennial backwater compared to neighboring markets like Singapore and Tokyo. Though we’d like to pretend otherwise, Michael Jackson’s 1993 snub of the city, when he chose to stop in Taipei instead of Hong Kong on his Dangerous World Tour, still stings.
Granted, there were issues surrounding noise complaints for residents living next to Hong Kong Stadium, but the emotional fact of the matter is that Michael chose to perform in Singapore, Taipei and eight times (!) in Tokyo, while Hong Kong was merely left to eat the bitter curd of jealousy.
The full dates for the tour have yet to be announced, and we’ll be the first to let you know if Lady Gaga and her all-dancing all-singing minions will indeed descend upon Shanghai.
Tickets for Lady Gaga’s Hong Kong date will be on sale at HK Ticketing on February 27th.