After scrapping scrapped her Fame Kills Tour with Kanye West, Lady Gaga says she has conjured up an equally elaborate show for when she hits the road with opening acts Kid Cudi and Jason Derulo this November. Gaga promises that when fans attend the Monster Ball Tour, she and the Haus of Gaga will give them quite a spectacle.
"I wanted to really put together a show that would be the most beautiful, expensive-looking, delicious show, but that my fans wouldn't have to pay a ton of money to come see," she told Rolling Stone about the tour, which was originally supposed to kick off next year after she finished up her tour with 'Ye. "So we're playing a few nights in a row. I've got super loyal fans, so I feel this tremendous obligation to take care of them."
The tour, which has been billed as the "first ever" pop-electro opera, is "very, very forward, very, very innovative," the singer insists. And that aesthetic, she explains, has been captured in the very design of the show.
"The theatrics and story elements are in the style of an opera. Imagine if you could take the sets of an opera, which are very grand and very beautiful, and put them through a pop-electro lens," she said. "I've been thinking about ways to play with the shape of this stage and change the way that we watch things. So what I've done is I've designed a stage with Haus of Gaga that is essentially a frame with forced perspective, and the frame is put inside the stage."
So what does that mean for the audience? "It's got kind of a triangular inset, like a diamond, and everywhere we're playing, the dimensions fit this box that I'm bringing, so it's this giant box that fits into every show. So no matter where I go, my fans get the same experience," she explained. "So often you go into theaters and there's ambient light flying in from all sorts of places, and the audience is in different spots, and the stage is in different shapes and lengths and widths and depths, so this is a way for me to control all the light and all of the different elements of the show. The theme of the show is evolution."
And for any fans who are coming to her show to get a taste of what she may have done with West on their tour, think again: This tour is a monster of Gaga's own creation. It's 100 percent Kanye-free.
"I'm certainly inspired by what we were doing, but I made a decision based on integrity not to use any of the things that we had designed together," she said. "Yeah [it probably is a lost tour]. I guess that's kind of perfectly epic, isn't it, though? Isn't that exactly what's supposed to happen? It just wasn't the right timing. I don't want to embellish on it too much, because I want to respect Kanye's privacy. But we just had our own reasons. We're real friends, real friends can make decisions like that, and we wanted to keep the momentum going in terms of pop music staying innovative with hip-hop and R&B, and we really wanted to do it, and it just wasn't the right time. But who's to say what will happen in the future?"
At the end of the day, a big part of the Gaga spectacle is what she's wearing (or not wearing) at any given moment. So, expect over-the-top fashions on her tour. "The fashion, certainly, is going to be another exploration and another level from where we were with the Fame Ball," she said. "The theme of monsters is certainly going to be an influence, as well as the theme of evolution and change. It's going to be a truly artistic experience that is going to take the form of the greatest post-apocalyptic house party that you've ever been to."