The Fame Ball Tour
|The Fame Ball Tour|
Official poster for the tour
|Tour by Lady Gaga|
|Associated album||The Fame|
|Start date||March 12, 2009|
|End date||September 29, 2009|
|Shows||24 in North America
29 in Europe
9 in Oceania
8 in Asia
|Lady Gaga concert chronology|
The Fame Ball Tour was the debut concert tour by American recording artist Lady Gaga, in support of her debut studio album The Fame (2008). North American shows began in March, followed by dates in Oceania and a solo trek through Europe. Dates in Asia soon followed, as well as two performances at England's V Festival and two shows in North America that had been postponed from April. Gaga described the tour as a traveling museum show incorporating artist Andy Warhol's pop-performance art concept. Tickets were distributed for charity also. Alternate versions of the show with minimal variations were planned by Gaga to accommodate different venues.
The show consisted of four segments, with each segment being followed by a video interlude to the next segment, and it ended with an encore. The set list consisted of songs from her debut album only. Gaga appeared on the stage in new costumes including an innovative dress made entirely of bubbles and premiered an unreleased song called "Future Love". An alternate set list with minor changes were performed after the first North American leg of the tour. The show has received critical acclaim with critics complimenting her vocal clarity and fashion sense as well as her ability to pull off theatrics like a professional artist.
The tour was officially announced on January 12, 2009 through Gaga's official MySpace page. It was her first headlining tour; she has previously served as opening act for New Kids on the Block's New Kids on the Block: Live tour, as well as The Pussycat Dolls' World Domination Tour. Gaga stated, "I consider what I do to be more of an Andy Warhol concept: pop performance art, multimedia, fashion, technology, video, film. And it's all coming together, and it's going to be traveling museum show." Gaga started planning for the show while on the tour with The Pussycat Dolls. In an interview with MTV News, she described the tour as,
"It's not really a tour, it's more of a traveling party. I want it to be an entire experience from [the] minute you walk in [the] front door to [the] minute I begin to sing. And when it's all over, everyone's going to press rewind and relive it again. [...] It's going to be as if you're walking into New York circa 1974: There's an art installation in the lobby, a DJ spinning your favorite records in the main room, and then the most haunting performance that you've ever seen on the stage. [...] I'm on the phone every minute of every day, talking to people, being creative, planning this Ball, and my tour manager is constantly saying, 'Come on, we have to go, we've got to go right now,' [...] But to me, the Ball is so important. I want so much to make every depression dollar that everyone spends on my show worth it. And, yeah, I'm paying a lot for it — out of my own pocket. But that's OK. I just don't care about money."
Gaga prepared three versions of her show to cater to different sizes of the venues she played. In an interview with Billboard she said,
"I am so mental and sleepless and excited for this tour, [...] This is so different than anything you've seen from me in the past year. What's fantastic about [the show] was I was able to plan it while I was on another tour that was on a much smaller scale, opening for the Dolls. This is going to be, like, the ultimate creative orgasm for me 'cause I'm ready to move on. I'm not restricted to a certain structure for my show anymore. No limitations. I'm free. [...] I want to have a clear schedule of the dimensions for each venue so that we can properly execute all the technology and visuals. I need to mentally prepare days in advance if things are going to be taken out; otherwise, I won't have a good show...Every show's gonna be an A show by the time I'm done screaming at everyone – 'Hang it! Hang everything! Find a place to hang it!' That's gonna be my motto."
The set list consisted of songs from her debut album mainly, but some new songs like "Fashion" from the Confessions of a Shopaholic soundtrack were also considered. In May, during an interview with Edmonton Sun Gaga announced that the tour would continue through European festivals in summer. She also declared plans for a bigger North American tour including Canada. Gaga explained that the show is supposed to be much bigger than the previous version. She said, "Oh, you have no idea, [...] The tour that we're about to announce is such a dream that I have to pinch myself almost every day to remind myself that it's happening."
The show is mainly divided into four parts with the last part being the encore. The main show began with a video introduction called "The Heart" where Gaga appeared as alter-ego Candy Warhol. She was shown dressing up and displayed the symbol of a pink heart on her t-shirt and said "My name is Lady Gaga, and this is my Haus". The video was projected on a giant screen in front of the stage. As the video approached towards the end, a countdown from ten to one happened, Gaga's face was shown wearing the video sunglasses, and flames engulfed the screen as it dropped. Gaga appeared in the middle of the stage being surrounded by her dancers holding glass encrusted plates which camouflage them. She wore a futuristic black dress in geometric patterns with a triangular piece on her right breast and peplum. DJ Space Cowboy was present at a corner, playing the backing music. Gaga came out in the center as the plates rolled around and started singing "Paparazzi". The performance ends with continuous clicking of the camera. Gaga comes to the top of the pillar and sings a combination of "Starstruck" and "LoveGame" as she is joined by her dancers in tracks and jackets and hands Gaga her trademark disco stick. After "LoveGame", she talks a monologue about the year "3009". And says that "The kids came out of New York and shot the paparazzi." followed by saying "It was a thousand years before when the monster first entered the city, vanished for our hearts and for our brains and for our faces (referencing to the three video interludes of the tour)" and "we knew we could co-exist with this monster with our MUSIC!!! With our art and with our fashion. My name is Lady Gaga." and tells the crowd she feels "beautiful and dirty rich" and sang "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich". This leads to the end of the first part wherein a video introduction called "The Brain" starts with Gaga appearing again as Candy Warhol and brushing her hair. After the video ends, Gaga appears on the stage in a black and white leotard with high-pointed "puff" shoulders and lightning shaped symbols, while riding on a similarly colored vespa. She then starts singing "The Fame". This is followed by a speech. Gaga said she's been "travelling the whole world, but when I get back, I can still smell the stench of greed." And then she performs "Money Honey" with the dancers who are wearing backpacks. "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" starts immediately, accompanied by hand-waving and Gaga wore a hat made of toppled dominoes.
Gaga then leaves the stage only to appear shortly after in a dress completely made of plastic bubbles. She sits in front of a glass piano and starts singing an acoustic version of "Poker Face". She sometimes puts her leg on the piano and even plays it with her stilettos. And then, thanks the audience and surprises them by performing an unreleased and new song called "Future Love" whose lyrics referenced far-off galaxies, mechanical hearts and constellations. She was surrounded by a glowing mannequin while singing the song. The stage had a blue setting amidst mechanical cloudings. Gaga left for a costume change as the third video interlude titled The Face starts. After the video ended, she then came on the stage wearing a tutu shaped dress with pointed shoulder pads and peplum. Her dancers were clad in Louis Vuitton Steven Sprouse printed trousers which matched Gaga's shoes. The backdrop changed to show blinking disco lights and Gaga stood in the center wearing her video sunglasses which display the line "Pop Music Will Never Be Low Brow". A remix of the intro for "Just Dance" started and Gaga was joined by her dancers on stage. When the song shifts to the bridge, Gaga once again is handed her disco stick and performs the bridge with it. The ending shifts to a remixed version of the song. Then Gaga and the dancers, joined by DJ Space Cowboy or DJ Nicodemus, take a bow in front of the audience. Gaga comes back with her dance to perform the encore. The encore of the tour consisted of "Boys, Boys, Boys" and the original version of "Poker Face". Gaga was dressed in a khaki leotard embellished with crystals. She wore an admiral's cap and gloves on her hands, both were decorated with the word Gaga on them.
Notable changes from Oceania shows
Since the Fame Ball show in Auckland, New Zealand, Gaga performed a different setlist during the rest of the tour, involving outfit changes as well. "Paparazzi", "LoveGame", and "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" were performed in a similar, this time tinfoil tutu with a triangular piece. "The Fame" and "Money Honey" was then followed by "Boys Boys Boys" – all three songs were performed in a glittering silver leotard with small pointy wings, riding a similarly colored vespa. "Just Dance" and "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" were performed in the yellow dress from the American leg of the tour. After performing "Brown Eyes" (replacing "Future Love") and "Poker Face" on the piano, Gaga closed the show with the album version of "Poker Face", wearing a nude corseted leotard embelished with crystals.
The Fame Ball Tour received acclaim from critics. Whitney Pastorek from Entertainment Weekly gave a mixed review of the concert saying, "Her onstage banter was at times a bit silly ("I travel the whole world, and when I come home, I can still smell the stench of greed") and the visuals occasionally lacking in coherent theme, but her voice was strong and refreshingly free of overbearing tracking vocals. For all her cocky bluster, perhaps the most undeniable aspect of GaGa's talent is this: The girl can, and does, sing." The show was described to be a "sartorial experimentation that it made Rocky Horror look like cotillion. One presumed the Lady approved – and somewhere, to be sure, Andy Warhol stirred in his grave." Sheri Linden from Yahoo! gave a positive review of the concert saying "Gaga's first theater tour is a hot ticket – and the Lady did not disappoint. Borrowing from Madonna, Grace Jones, David Bowie and Daryl Hannah's "Blade Runner" replicant, Gaga put on a compelling show revolving around her mysterious persona, a trio of leather-jacketed dancers, multiple costume changes and props and a lone DJ providing musical accompaniment." Christopher Muther from The Boston Globe reviewed the concert in House of Blues and said "The combination of song and spectacle was crowd-pleasing and exhilarating. Her club-ready songs were delivered by a woman who is clearly studied, intelligent, and talented." Lynn Saxberg from Ottawa Citizen gave a positive review of the concert at Bronson Centre in Ottawa and said, "Accompanied by a DJ who also played a funky electric guitar, the curvy dynamo (Gaga and Space Cowboy) fronted one of wildest spectacles ever mounted at Bronson Centre, an action-packed circus of sound, lights, video images, fog and choreography. Though heavy on theatrics, there was no skimping on the music." She also commented on Gaga's fashion sense and style in her costumes by saying, "In an hour, Gaga proved her star power by packing in all her hits, displaying influences that ranged from Motown to 80s pop, and exhibiting a fearless fashion sense in several costume changes, none of which covered her bum."
Andy Downing from Chicago Tribune was impressed by the show at House of Blues and said "The work is paying off. Just weeks into her first nationwide headlining tour, the 22-year-old New Yorker [...] already commands the stage like a seasoned pro." Jill Menze from Billboard also gave a positive review for the performance and complimented songs like "Just Dance", LoveGame", Poker Face", "Boys, Boys, Boys" and the fame obsessed "Paparazzi". The reviewer also said that "[From] her chart success, Lady Gaga has proven herself to be an of-the-moment pop sensation. Dig deeper, and it’s clear she’s versatile and talented enough to have staying power." Mikel Wood from Rolling Stone also gave a positive review saying "The tongue-in-cheek tabloid-victim shtick that provides some laughs on The Fame grew somewhat tiresome at the Wiltern, especially when the singer started spewing half-baked media-studies nonsense like, 'Some say Lady Gaga is a lie, and they’re right: I am a lie, and every day I kill to make it true.' Fortunately, this is a woman who knows how to lighten a mood: Within 10 minutes or so, she’d donned a flesh-colored leotard and a bedazzled admiral’s cap and was rhyming 'boys in cars' with 'buy us drinks in bars." On March 13, 2009 Gaga was presented with a plaque from the Recording Industry Association of America by social blogger Perez Hilton commemorating three million sales of her debut single "Just Dance", during her performance at the Wiltern Theatre. This show was also attended by rapper Kanye West. Craig Rosen from The Hollywood Reporter said that "Lady Gaga showed she's a serious contender to Madonna's crown Friday at the Wiltern. She might be a relative newcomer, but the artist born Stefani Joanne Germanotta commanded the stage with a royal air during her hourlong set, at times even sporting a glowing scepter."
- The White Tie Affair (North America)
- Chester French (North America)
- Cinema Bizarre (North America)
- Gary Go (Great Britain)
|March 12, 2009||San Diego||United States||House of Blues|
|March 13, 2009||Los Angeles||Wiltern Theatre|
|March 14, 2009||San Francisco||The Mezzanine|
|March 16, 2009||Seattle||Showbox at the Market|
|March 17, 2009||Portland||Wonder Ballroom|
|March 18, 2009||Vancouver||Canada||Commodore Ballroom|
|March 21, 2009||Englewood||United States||Gothic Theater|
|March 23, 2009||Minneapolis||Fine Line Music Cafe|
|March 24, 2009||Chicago||House of Blues|
|March 25, 2009||Royal Oak||Royal Oak Music Theatre|
|March 26, 2009||Kitchener||Canada||Elements Nightclub|
|March 27, 2009||Ottawa||Bronson Centre Theatre|
|March 28, 2009||Montreal||Métropolis|
|March 30, 2009||Boston||United States||House of Blues|
|April 4, 2009[A]||Palm Springs||Oasis Hall|
|April 6, 2009||Orlando||House of Blues|
|April 7, 2009||Tampa||The Ritz Ybor|
|April 8, 2009||Fort Lauderdale||Revolution Live|
|April 9, 2009||Atlanta||Center Stage Theater|
|April 11, 2009[B]||Palm Springs||Oasis Hall|
|April 25, 2009||Moscow||Russia||Famous|
|April 28, 2009[C]||Stuttgart||Germany||Club Zapata|
|May 1, 2009||Philadelphia||United States||Electric Factory|
|May 2, 2009||New York City||Terminal 5|
|May 3, 2009[D]||Agawam||Northern Star Arena|
|May 4, 2009[E]||Boston||House of Blues|
|May 6, 2009[F]||Austin||Austin Music Hall|
|May 8, 2009[G]||Chula Vista||Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre|
|May 9, 2009[H]||Irvine||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre|
|May 10, 2009[I]||West Sacramento||Raley Field|
|June 8, 2009||Tokyo||Japan||Shibuya-AX|
|June 14, 2009||Clarke Quay||Singapore||The Dome on Merchant Loop|
|June 16, 2009||Seoul||South Korea||Club Answer|
|June 19, 2009||Toronto||Canada||Kool Haus|
|June 26, 2009[J]||Pilton||England||Worthy Farm|
|June 29, 2009||Manchester||Manchester Academy|
|July 1, 2009[K]||Cork||Ireland||The Docklands|
|July 3, 2009[L]||Werchter||Belgium||Werchter Festival Grounds|
|July 4, 2009||London||England||G-A-Y|
|July 8, 2009[M]||Floriana||Malta||Fuq il-Fosos|
|July 9, 2009||Paris||France||L'Olympia|
|July 11, 2009[N]||Perth and Kinross||Scotland||Balado|
|July 12, 2009[O]||County Kildare||Ireland||Punchestown Racecourse|
|July 13, 2009[P]||Manchester||England||O2 Apollo Manchester|
|July 14, 2009||London||O2 Academy Brixton|
|July 16, 2009||Munich||Germany||Zenith die Kulturhalle|
|July 17, 2009||Cologne||Palladium|
|July 18, 2009||Berlin||Columbiahalle|
|July 20, 2009||Amsterdam||Netherlands||Melkweg|
|July 21, 2009||Zürich||Switzerland||Maag Event Hall|
|July 22, 2009||Vienna||Austria||Gasometer Halle|
|July 24, 2009||Ibiza||Spain||Eden|
|July 25, 2009||Amsterdam||Netherlands||Paradiso|
|July 26, 2009||Hamburg||Germany||Stadtpark Freilichtbühne|
|July 28, 2009||Helsinki||Finland||Kulttuuritalo|
|July 30, 2009||Oslo||Norway||Sentrum Scene|
|July 31, 2009||Copenhagen||Denmark||K.B. Hallen|
|August 1, 2009[Q]||Östersund||Sweden||Storsjöyran Festligterräng|
|August 2, 2009||Stockholm||Lilla Scen|
|August 7, 2009[R]||Osaka||Japan||Maishima Sports Island|
|August 8, 2009[R]||Chiba||Makuhari Messe|
|August 9, 2009||Seoul||South Korea||Olympic Gymnastics Arena|
|August 11, 2009||Quezon City||Philippines||Araneta Coliseum|
|August 12, 2009||Downtown Core||Singapore||Fort Canning Park|
|August 15, 2009||Cotai||Macau||Venetian Arena|
|August 19, 2009[S]||Tel Aviv||Israel||Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center|
|August 22, 2009[T]||Weston-under-Lizard||England||Weston Park|
|August 23, 2009[T]||Chelmsford||Hylands Park|
|September 28, 2009||Richmond||United States||Landmark Theater|
|September 29, 2009||Washington, D.C.||DAR Constitution Hall|
- Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
- A This concert was a part of the "Dinah Shore Weekend"
- B This concert was a part of the "White Party"
- C This concert was a part of the "SWR3 Party"
- D This concert was a part of Kiss 95.7's "Summer Kick Off"
- E This concert was a part of the "Grammy Celebration Concert Tour"
- F This concert was a part of the "Second Chance Prom"
- G This concert was a part of Channel 933's "Summer Kick Off"
- H This concert was a part of "Wango Tango"
- I This concert was a part of 107.9 The End's "EndFest 2009"
- J This concert was a part of the "Glastonbury Festival"
- K This concert was a part of "Live at the Marquee"
- L This concert was a part of "Rock Werchter"
- M This concert was a part of "Isle of MTV"
- N This concert was a part of "T in the Park"
- O This concert was a part of "Oxegen"
- P This concert was a part of "Orange Rockcorps Live Concert Event"
- Q This concert was a part of "Storsjöyran"
- R These concerts were a part of the "Summer Sonic Festival"
- S This concert was a part of "Non-Stop Musix"
- T These concerts were a part of "V Festival"
- Cancellations and rescheduled shows
|March 13, 2009||Los Angeles, California||Avalon||Moved to the Wiltern Theatre|
|March 25, 2009||Pontiac, Michigan||Crofoot Ballroom||Moved to the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan|
|March 31, 2009||New York City, New York||Webster Hall||Cancelled|
|April 1, 2009||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Theatre of the Living Arts||Cancelled|
|April 2, 2009||Washington, D.C.||9:30 Club||Cancelled|
|April 3, 2009||Richmond, Virginia||Toad's Place||Moved to the National Theater|
|April 3, 2009||Richmond, Virginia||National Theater||Cancelled|
Box office score data
|Venue||City||Tickets sold / available||Gross revenue|
|Wiltern Theatre||Los Angeles||2,700 / 2,700 (100%)||$52,904|
|Metropolis||Montreal||2,255 / 2,255 (100%)||$50,387|
|Royal Oak Music Theater||Royal Oak||1,700 / 1,700 (100%)||$34,000|
|Gothic Theater||Englewood||1,088 / 1,088 (100%)||$20,000|
|House of Blues||San Diego||1,000 / 1,000 (100%)||$18,500|
|The Ritz Ybor||Tampa||1,545 / 1,560 (99%)||$31,065|
|DAR Constitution Hall||Washington DC||3,500 / 3,500 (100%)||$141,004|
|TOTAL||13,788 / 13,803 (99%)||$1,347,862|
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