Recording artist Lady Gaga speaks at a rally in support of repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gay service members, in Portland, Maine, on Sept. 20.
We still don’t know how to feel about Lady Gaga; she always comes with a caveat. Sure, she brings notable attention to admirable civil causes, such as repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and legalizing gay marriage…but she insists on pushing her own fashion personality simultaneously, accessorizing in literal stars and stripes like Human Rights Barbie for every televised statement. She wears some of the most avant-garde fashion on the scene, promoting exciting designers and lending proper post-mortem attention to the sublime Alexander McQueen…but her music is generic pop, catchy yet not nearly as interesting or challenging as her sartorial choices.
But this juggernaut cannot be stopped. Now that Lady Gaga’s extracted herself from her strip-steak couture, she’s back on the road and New York is on the agenda. Yesterday, the singer added 12 new dates to her 2011 North American tour, aptly named the “Monster Ball,” including stops at Buffalo’s HSBC Arena on March 4 and Uniondale’s Nassau Coliseum on April 23. (Further gleaned from her website: she will also be stopping by Louisville, Kentucky’s “KFC Yum! Center,” which seems brilliantly lateral to her recent VMA frock and also an epochal name for a stadium.)
Gaga’s been on the road, with few breaks, for the majority of this year. Currently on a three-week hiatus, she next hits the Orpheum in Los Angeles on October 2 and will remain on tour steadily through these new dates.
Tickets for these new shows go on sale Friday. Celestial bra tops, Latin men fetish, and further Halle Berry film allusions sold separately.