Lady Gaga Postpones Paris Shows Due To Strikes

Singer pushes back dates, citing fuel/transportation concerns amid refinery workers' protests.

Lady Gaga’s French fans will have to wait until the end of the year to catch the Monster Ball spectacle in concert. The pop superstar’s tour backer, Live Nation, announced Wednesday (October 20) that her Paris dates, scheduled near the end of the month, will be pushed back as a result of ongoing strikes in the region.

“As a result of the logistical difficulties due to the strikes in France, Live Nation today announced that the Lady Gaga performances in Paris at Bercy previously scheduled for this Friday and Saturday 22 & 23 October are postponed until 19 & 20 December, 2010,” read a statement posted on the star’s website.

The European nation has been in the throes of civil upheaval for weeks since French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced a proposal to bump the minimum retirement age up from 60 to 62 and raise the age that citizens can receive pension benefits from 65 to 67. Many workers have gone on strike, including employees of France’s oil refineries, leading to fuel shortages throughout the country.

“Unfortunately, as there is no certainty that the trucks can make it to the Bercy for this weekend’s shows, the Lady Gaga performances are now postponed,” the statement continued. “The December 19th concert will replace the 22-October show and December 20th concert will replace the 23-October performance.”

According to the statement, Gaga’s little monsters have until mid-November to turn in tickets for a refund or swap out a new ticket for either of the winter dates.

“Fans with tickets to the rescheduled shows must exchange their tickets or claim for refund from now through November 14th at their point of purchase,” the statement read. “Tickets dated October 22 and 23 will not be valid at the new dates.” The statement concluded with “Lady Gaga apologizes to her fans for any inconvenience.”

The postponed dates are a setback for an acclaimed global trek that has racked up cash around the world. Gaga’s tour is projected to pull in roughly $200 million when it winds down in April 2011.

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