One year ago today, Lady Gaga kicked off her Born This Way Ball Tour in Seoul, South Korea. To celebrate the milestone of her international success, Gaga posted an exclusive video on her YouTube showing the incredible amount of work required to build the impressive stage for the tour.
With her song ScheiBe as the soundtrack for the video, fans can watch a complete time-lapsed transformation as the Born This Way Ball stage is built, performed on and completely dismantled. The stage is described on YouTube as “the largest scenic structure ever been built to tour.”
The description also gives a run down of some mind-blowing statistics for the stage, including 30 active windows and doors, a 50 foot tall castle, 620 feet of custom LED lights and two sets of automated castle gates.
Gaga was forced to cancel her Born This Way Ball Tour in February after undergoing surgery in February to repair a tear in her hip.
Wondering what has happened post-surgery to Mother Monster? Lady Gaga’s manager Vincent Herbert has said in an interview that Gaga is “doing wonderful, doing great.” Lady Gaga had to cancel her Born This Way Ball tour last month due to an injured hip. Gaga endured a hip surgery and is now healing. Herbert also commented that Gaga is well on her way finishing up her upcoming album ARTPOP and is “ready to get back to work”. Apparently Lady Gaga is keeping up with her avant garde self and will keep on “push[ing] the envelope”. In the interview Herbert also commented, “I can’t wait for the world to hear her new music and see her come back healthy, strong and better than ever.”
Are you ready for some new Lady Gaga? We are! Check out Gaga’s hit video Marry The Night here and share your positive Little Monster well wishes to Gaga in the comments section below!
Yesterday we told you guys that Lady Gaga had to cancel the North American leg of her tour due to her hip injury (and subsequent surgery and heal-time). Gaga wrote to her followers saying, “I’ve been hiding this injury and pain from my staff for a month, praying it would heal, but after last night’s performance I could not work.” But what does this mean on the business end of things for Gaga? The fine folks at Billboard broke it down saying, “In total, 22 shows were cancelled, forcing the refund of roughly 200,000 tickets worth approximately $25 million in gross ticket sales… The North American leg, which was to wrap the tour and was almost completely sold out, would have likely put the tour at more than $200 million gross, easily in the top 20 tours of all time and probably in the top 15. As it stands, Gaga finished sixth among all touring artists in 2012, with a gross of $125 million and attendance of more than 1.1 million, according to Boxscore.”
$25 million dollars in ticket sales!? That’s a lot of money for the Mother Monster. Billboard quoted Live Nation Global Touring chairman Arthur Fogel who called the cancellation “a tremendous disappointment for her, for her fans, for all of the people in the touring party— the crew, the staff, the band, the performers, the dancers— and for my team.” So sad! We bet Lady Gaga would have preferred to have danced for her little monsters instead of getting surgery and disappointing fans.
Watch Lady Gaga’s hit video for Marry The Night here and tell us if you had tickets to any of her cancelled shows in the comments section!
I think Lady Gaga is confused by the term ‘paper training’ when it comes to her dog. The eccentric singer has a pet labradoodle called Fozzi and has been letting his creative juices flow backstage on her Born This Way Ball tour. A source told The Sun newspaper “She’s training up her beloved Fozzi to be a artist. She’s been attaching pens to his legs and propping him on to paper. All of her crew have been treated to a portrait by him.” I think we’re using the word ‘treated’ loosely.
Fozzi has accompanied Gaga around the world on the tour and has often been photographed with her. The artistic pooch met Donatella Versace when they traveled to Italy, and was photographed with Gaga and two Finnish soldiers when they went to Helsinki.
Gaga, 26, is not the only celebrity to pamper her pet. Kelly Osbourne is known to treat her Pomeranians, Story and Sid and Blue, a Doberman, to luxuries fit for humans. After taking Sid to a special spa for pooches, Kelly tweeted “Sid just came back from the doggy day spa he had a blue berry facial, oatmeal bath, many-pedy & blow dry he looks #scrumdiddlyumptious (sic).” Kelly, 28, also likes to dress Sid up, and has previously posted photos of him in light blue leg warmers, and an outfit fashioned to look like a shirt, dinner jacket and red and white spotted bow tie.
These people have too much money.
Like the rest of the world, Lady Gaga is a huge fan Michael Jackson and would love to see his old home restored it to its former glory. The late King of Pop bought the 3,000 acre ranch in 1988 at the height of his fame and modified it with a rail track, petting zoo and a fairground. It later fell into disrepair as he came into financial difficulties.
A source told The Sun newspaper “Lady Gaga is obsessed with Michael. She’s become good friends with his sister La Toya and would love more than anything else to restore Neverland to its original state. His kids are all desperate to hold on to their childhood home so they can decide what they want to do with it properly when they’ve grown up. Gaga would love to help with the financial costs by buying a share.”
Although Neverland was sold in 2008 to investment group Sycamore Valley Ranch Company, Michael’s children, including Prince, 15, Paris, 14, and ‘Blanket’, 10, and his mother Katherine all still hold a share of it. Gaga, 26, also recently bought 55 items in an auction of Michael Jackson’s costumes. After making the purchases she tweeted “The 55 pieces I collected today will be archived & expertly cared for in the spirit & love of Michael Jackson, his bravery, & fans worldwide (sic).”
The star has also recently said she was in talks to open for Michael on his This is It 50 show run in London, which was scheduled to start just days after his death. She said “There was some talk about the openers doing duets with Michael on stage. But Michael’s death was devastating for me regardless of whether I was supposed to go on tour with him.”