Lady Gaga Promises ‘Life-Changing Experience’ With Fame Ball Tour

'It's not really a tour, it's more of a traveling party,' says the singer.

[artist id=”3061469″]Lady Gaga[/artist] isn’t your typical pop tart. The style, the songs, the swagger … it’s clear that she’s got a higher purpose than just, you know, pointing out how some chiseled cad is a “womanizer” (over and over again).

So, naturally, when it came time for her to launch her first-ever headlining jaunt — a 26-date run through the U.S. she’s dubbed the “Fame Ball,” which kicks off March 12 in San Diego — she decided to swing for the fences, going out-of-pocket to bring her fans what she describes as “the greatest, most life-changing experience.” Which means that whatever you do, don’t call it a “tour.”

“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,” Gaga told MTV News on Tuesday (February 3), where she was ducking paparazzi in a Belfast, Ireland, nail salon (for real). “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.”

And while she wouldn’t get into any further specifics (“I don’t want to ruin the surprise!” she laughed), Gaga did say that planning the Ball has become a full-time job. Which not only makes her current gig — opening up for the Pussycat Dolls on their European tour — difficult, but it’s driving her tour manager completely crazy.

“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,’ ” she said. “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.”

We told you she wasn’t your typical pop tart. And to further illustrate that point, we decided to ask Gaga about her plans for this Sunday’s Grammy Awards, where her song “Just Dance” is up for Best Dance Recording . Turns out, she’s not going to go — she’s busy working — but she is expecting to pick up the award, and she’s not afraid to admit it.

“A year ago at this time, I was gluing sequins on $4 bras,” she laughed. “So that should tell you how far I’ve come. Yeah, I feel like I’ve got a pretty good shot at winning.”

Will Lil Wayne grab all the gramophones? Is Katy Perry going to tell her girl rivals to kiss off? Can Coldplay march off with a win? MTV News is all over the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, so stay tuned for interviews, analysis and more before, during and after the big night, Sunday, February 8.