Lady Gaga announces initial dates of "Born This Way Ball" tour
Pop superstar Lady Gaga has revealed plans to play 110 shows worldwide in 2012 and 2013 on her new tour, dubbed the "Born This Way Ball."
Along with Gaga's tour announcement came confirmation of the tour's first 11 shows, beginning with an April 27 gig in Seoul, South Korea. Other confirmed stops include Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore in May; and a trek through Australia and New Zealand in June and July. More dates will be announced soon, according to the press release.
At least some North American dates should be coming shortly, since the tour announcement says that ticket on-sales will begin on Friday, Feb. 17 via LiveNation.com.
"The Haus of Gaga and I have worked for months conceiving a spectacular stage," Lady Gaga said in a statement. "The Born This Way Ball is an Electro-Metal Pop-Opera; the tale of the Beginning, the genesis of the Kingdom of Fame. How we were birthed and how we will die celebrating."
Lady Gaga recently unveiled the medieval-style stage design for the tour via her Twitter feed; the artist's rendering can be seen below.
"To give you a bit of insight on the design of my new tour, the central area within the stage will be known as "The Monster Pit," she tweeted, adding that the area -- which will be General Admission only -- will be "relegated to the fans who have arrived first, waited all night, + dressed to "Ball."
Each night, "Haus of Gaga will choose fans from The Monster Pit to come back stage + meet me! These tickets are NOT more expensive."
The show is expected to be a hot ticket; Lady Gaga's "Monster Ball Tour" ran from late 2009 through 2011, playing about 200 shows and grossing more than $227 million, according to Billboard Boxscore.
27 - Seoul, South Korea - Olympic Stadium
2 - Hong Kong - Asia World Arena
10 - Tokyo, Japan - Saitama Super Arena
28 - Singapore - Indoor Stadium
7 - Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena
13 - Brisbane, Australia - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
20, 21 - Sydney, Australia - Allphones Arena
27, 28 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
7 - Perth, Australia - Burswood Dome