Lady Gaga is taking ARTPOP on the road. As MTV points out, the Mother Monster has announced her "artRave: The ARTPOP Ball Tour" will start May 4 at the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The tour is currently scheduled to run through a July 21 date at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Scroll down for the full list of dates, and for ticket information, visit LittleMonsters.com.
Gaga was previously scheduled to play a four-night stand at New York City's Roseland Ballroom in March and April 2014, bidding farewell to the soon-to-close venue. She had also hinted that her November "artRAVE" in Brooklyn would become something more, tweeting: "Oh my darling monsters, you will years from now know how important artRave really was. I can't wait to turn it into a tour."
While ARTPOP's declining sales have been the subject of much media discussion, Gaga the live performer has always been a sure ticket. True, she canceled the bulk of her 2013 dates to undergo hip surgery. But her 2012 "Born This Way Ball" tour took in a reported $124 million, good for sixth place between Coldplay and Kenny Chesney's joint tour with Tim McGraw (Madonna was No. 1 with $228 million). Her 2011 tour gross of $72 million put her at No. 7 overall, behind Usher but ahead of the Eagles, Katy Perry, and Justin Bieber.
Did we say "ball"? Gaga is also on course to become a doll. A life-size one, at that. As Billboard reports, she appeared at the silicon Gagadoll's unveiling in Tokyo on December 1. Japanese companies reportedly collaborated with Gaga's label to design the doll, which is still in a prototype phase and not yet on the retail market. Watch the video below to see how the doll plays Gaga's music if you put your face against its chest. Here's an image that Gaga tweeted.
Lady Gaga's "artRave: The ARTPOP Ball" tour dates:
May 4 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
May 6 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
May 8 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
May 10 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
May 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
May 13 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
May 15 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
May 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
May 20 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Entergy Center
May 22 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
May 25 - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
May 26 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
May 28 - Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
May 30 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
June 2 - San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
June 3 - San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
June 30 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
July 2 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
July 9 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
July 11 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
July 14 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
July 16 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
July 17 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines
July 19 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden
July 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center