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This page includes content related only to the Arena Version/ 2.0 Version of the Monster Ball Tour. For the DVD and HBO Special, see this page. For the Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson book, see this page.

Development

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Sketch shown on Oprah.

Near the end of the U.S. leg of the tour, Lady Gaga said on twitter: "monsterball is amazing,enjoy while u can. im already redesigning it for 2010, the haus tells me there's hospitals who accept people like me" (Dec. 19, 2009)

Gaga told MTV News on Saturday, hours before her Monster Ball stop in San Diego.

"The re-vamping of the Monster Ball Tour is just something feel she has to do, especially since the current version of the tour came together at the very last second. "It's kind of funny because, after Kanye and I split up for this tour, I was really unsure if I could get a show together in time for my fans," "But I didn't want to disappoint them and not tour over Christmas, and I had a new record coming out, so... what's exciting about this show is that I was able to put together something that, in truth, I never would have done if I had a longer amount of time." "So, I put together a show that is so perfectly an avant-garde-performance-art-fashion installation, put in a blender and vomited on as a pop show. It's kind of this amazing theme of evolution, but it's in a garage, and me and all my friends are kind of exploring the music." "But it's a very vacuous space. It's a box, it's a runway, and we have to transform that space to feel like eight different acts throughout the entire show. But for the next version of the Monster Ball, which is going to be in February when I begin in the U.K. with my arena tour, I'm throwing out the stage. My team thinks I'm completely psychotic. But I don't fucking care what they think."
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Performing Just Dance during act I - New York City.

Gaga wouldn't divulge too many secrets of the new Monster Ball, but she did say that Danish pop act, Alphabeat, will serve as the opening act. And she also hinted that her fans will be in for a very big show, in just about every conceivable way.

"Well, just to give you an idea, the stage is about four times the size of the one we're on now and conceptually, it's completely different."
"One thing that has been lost over the past 10-15 years, in pop music, is the idea of showbiz. And this is definitely going to bring that back."

Opening acts

We Scissor Sisters are thrilled to be a part of Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour 2011. It’s a perfect opportunity to join forces with a such a kindred spirit

—Scissor Sisters

Set list

Act I — NYC

  1. Jumping Film (Video Introduction)
  2. "Dance in the Dark"
  3. "Glitter and Grease"
  4. "Just Dance"
  5. "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich"
  6. "Vanity"
  7. "The Fame"
  8. Puke Film (Video Interlude)

Act II — Subway

  1. "LoveGame"
  2. "Boys Boys Boys"
  3. "Money Honey"
  4. "Telephone"
  5. "Speechless"
  6. "Born This Way" (Acoustic)
  7. "Yoü and I"
  8. Twister Film
  9. "So Happy I Could Die"
  10. Antler Film (Video Interlude)

Act III — Central Park

  1. "Monster"
  2. "Teeth"
  3. "Alejandro"
  4. Manifesto of Little Monsters (Video Interlude)
  5. "Poker Face"
  6. Apocalyptic Film (Video Interlude)

Act IV — Monster Ball

  1. "Paparazzi"
  2. "Bad Romance"

Act V - Encore

  1. "Born This Way"
  2. Fan Film (Outro Video)
Notes

Interludes

Dates

The Arena version of the Monster Ball Tour started on February 18, 2010 and ended on May 6 of 2011 after 167 shows (not including the White Tie and Tiara Ball).

2010

[A] Special concert

Globe-green Date Location City
Gb Feb 18 MEN Arena Manchester
Ie Feb 20 The O2 (Dublin) Dublin
Feb 21
Gb Feb 22 Odyssey Arena Belfast
Feb 24 Liverpool Echo Arena Liverpool
Feb 26 The O2 (London) London
Feb 27
Mar 1 SECC Glasgow
Mar 3 Cardiff International Arena Cardiff
Mar 4 Metro Radio Arena Newcastle
Mar 5 LG Arena Birmingham
Nz Mar 13 Vector Arena Auckland
Mar 14
Au Mar 17 Sydney Entertainment Centre Sydney, NSW
Mar 18 Sydney Entertainment Centre
Mar 20 Newcastle Entertainment Centre Newcastle, NSW
Mar 23 Rod Laver Arena Melbourne, VIC
Mar 24
Mar 26 Brisbane Entertainment Centre Brisbane, QLD
Mar 27
Mar 29 AIS Arena Canberra, ACT
Apr 1 Burswood Dome Perth, WA
Ap 3 Adelaide Entertainment Centre Adelaide, SA
Ap 5 WIN Entertainment Centre Wollongong, NSW
Apr 7 Sydney Entertainment Centre Sydney, NSW
Apr 9 Rod Laver Arena Melbourne, VIC
Jp April 14 World Memorial Hall Kobe
April 15
April 17 Yokohama Arena Yokohama
April 18
Se May 7 Ericsson Globe Stockholm
May 8
De May 10 O2 World Hamburg Hamburg
May 11 O2 World Berlin
Nl May 15 Gelredome XS Arnhem
Be May 17 Sportpaleis Merksem Antwerp
May 18
Fr May 21 Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy Paris
May 22
De May 24 Konig Pilsner Arena Oberhausen
Fr May 25 Zénith Strasbourg
Gb May 27 Trent FM Arena Nottingham Nottingham
May 28 LG Arena Birmingham
May 30 The O2 Arena London
May 31
Jun 2 MEN Arena Manchester
Jun 3
Jun 4 Sheffield Arena Sheffield
Jun 24 The White Tie and Tiara Ball [A] Windsor
Ca Jun 28 Bell Center Montreal, Qc
Us Jul 1 TD Garden Boston, MA
Jul 2
Jul 4 Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City, NJ
Jul 6 Madison Square Garden Arena New York, NY
Jul 7
July 9
Ca Jul 11 Air Canada Center Toronto, On
Jul 12
Us Jul 14 Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, OH
Jul 15 Conseco Fieldhouse Indianapolis, IN
Jul 17 Scottrade Center St. Louis, MO
July 20 Ford Center Oklahoma City, OK
July 22 American Airlines Center Dallas, TX
July 23
July 25 Toyota Center Houston, TX
July 26
July 28 Pepsi Center Denver, CO
July 31 Airways Center Phoenix, AZ
Aug 3 Sprint Center Kansas City, MO
Aug 6 Lollapalooza Chicago,IL
Aug 11 Staples Center Los Angeles, CA
Aug 12
Aug 13 MGM Grand Las Vegas, NV
Aug 16 HP Pavilion at San Jose San Jose, CA
Aug 17
Aug19 Rose Garden Portland, OR
Aug 21 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, WA
Ca Aug 23 General Motors Place Vancouver, BC
Aug 24
Aug 26 Rexall Place Edmonton AB
Aug 27
Us Aug 30 Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, MN
Aug 31
Sep 2 Bradley Center Milwaukee, WI
Sep 4 The Palace Of Auburn Hills Detroit, MI
Sep 5 Consol Energy Center Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 7 Verizon Center Washington D.C., MD
Sep 8 John Paul Jones Arena Charlottesville, VA
Sep 14 Wachovia Center Philadelphia, PA
Sep 15
Sep 16 XL Center Hartford, CT
Sep 18 Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte, NC
Sep 19 RBC Center Raleigh, NC
Fi Oct 13 Hartwall Arena Helsinki
Oct 14
No Octr 16 Oslo Spektrum Oslo
Ocr 17
Dk Oct 20 MCH Multiarena Herning
Ie Oct 26 The O2 (Dublin) Dublin
Oct 27
Oct 29
Oct 30 Odyssey Arena Belfast
Nov 1
Nov 2
Hr Nov 5 Arena Zagreb Zagreb
Hu Nov 7 Budapest Sports Arena Budapest
It Nov 9 PalaOlimpico Turin
At Nov11 Wiener Stadthalle Vienna
Ch Nov 14 Hallenstadion Zürich
Nov 15
Cz} Nov 17 O2 Arena Prague
Se Nov 19 Malmö Arena Malmö
Be Nov 22 Sportpaleis Merksem Antwerp
Nov 23
Pl Nov 26 Ergo Arena Gdańsk
Nl Nov 29 Ahoy Rotterdam
Nov 30
Fr Dec 2 Halle Tony Garnier Lyon
It Dec 4 Mediolanum Forum Milan
Dec 5
Es Dec 7 Palau Sant Jordi Barcelona
Pt Dec 10 Pavilhão Atlântico Lisbon
Es Dec 12 Palacio de Deportes Madrid
Gb Dec 16 The O2 London
Dec 17
Fr Dec 20 Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy Paris
Dec 21

2011

[A] On February 21 and 22, recorded the show for "Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden" the HBO special and DVD.

Globe-green Date Location City
Us Feb 19 Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City, NJ
Feb 21 Madison Square Garden [A] New York, NY
Feb 22
Feb 24 Verizon Center Washington D.C., MD
Feb 26 Consol Energy Center Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 28 United Center Chicago, IL
Mar 1 Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, MI
Ca Mar 3 Air Canada Centre Toronto, ON
Us Mar 4 HSBC Arena Buffalo, NY
Ca Mar 6 Scotiabank Place Ottawa, ON
Us Mar 8 TD Garden Boston, MA
Mar 10 Jerome Schottenstein Center Columbus, OH
Mar 12 KFC Yum! Center Louisville, KY
Mar 14 American Airlines Center Dallas, TX
Mar 15 AT&T Center San Antonio, TX
Mar 17

Qwest Center Omaha

Omaha, NB
Mar 19 EnergySolutions Arena Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 22 Oracle Arena Oakland, CA
Mar 23 ARCO Arena Sacramento, CA
Mar 25 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, NV
Mar 26 US Airways Center Phoenix, AZ
Mar 28 Staples Center Los Angeles, CA
Mar 29 Viejas Arena San Diego, CA
Mar 31 Honda Center Anaheim, CA
Apr 4 BOK Center Tulsa, OK
Apr 6 Frank Erwin Center Austin, TX
Apr 8 Toyota Center Houston, TX
Apr 9 New Orleans Arena New Orleans, LA
Apr 12 BankAtlantic Center Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Apr 13 American Airlines Arena Miami, FL
Apr 15 Amway Center Orlando, FL
Apr 16 St. Pete Times Forum Tampa, FL
Apr 18 The Arena at Gwinnett Center Duluth, GA
Apr 19 Bridgestone Arena Nashville, TN
Apr 22 Prudential Center Newark, NJ
Apr 23 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, NY
Ca Apr 25 Bell Centre Montreal, QC
Us Apr 27 Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, OH
Mx May 3 Estadio Tres de Marzo Zapopan, GDL
May 5 Foro Sol Mexico City
May 6

Cancelled & Postponed Shows

  • Postponed: October 22 and 23 (Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy) for December 19 and 20
  • Postponed: December 19 (Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy) for December 21.

Summary

This section will be a complete summary of the Monster Ball: Arena with dialog transcript, props/costumes/backdrops/films details. A complete archive of what this version of the tour was.

To do list for this section:

  • Move the transcription of the show under each song.
  • See "LoveGame" as a model on how to do each song segment.
  • Write details about each backdrop, stage lights, choreography, etc.
  • Fashion credits complete with dates.
  • Eyes makeup on the piano (dates)
  • 2010, Starting the second half of October, Gaga started wearing a police hat during the piano set.
  • After her Madison Square Garden performance, Gaga cut verses from "Dance in the Dark" and "Poker Face".

Cast

  • Bang Bang — Ameera Perkins
  • Champagne — Charity Davis
  • Posh — Posh! The Prince (2010 dates only)
  • Victor — Victor Rojas (2011 dates only)
  • Lady Gaga — Lady Gaga
  • PLACE: She used the name of the country she was in or the city.

Wigs

For this version of the Monster Ball, Gaga used a couple of wigs by Frederic Aspiras.

  1. Blonde long straight wig with bangs: (February 18, 2010)
  2. Blonde long curly wig with yellow underneath: (February 18, 2010 - April 9, 2010; August 19, 2010 - August 31, 2010)
  3. Blonde short curly bob wig with yellow underneath: (April 14, 2010 - July 28, 2010; August 3, 2010; September 3, 2010 - September 7, 2010)
  4. Yellow long straight wig with bangs and blonde ends: (July 31, 2010)
  5. Blonde long straight wig with bangs and yellow streaks: (August 6, 2010 - August 16, 2010)
  6. Yellow short straight bob wig with bangs and brown roots: (September 8, 2010)
  7. Yellow long straight wig with no bangs (sometimes with curly ends and brown roots): (September 14, 2010 - October 30, 2010; March 26, 2011 - March 31, 2011)
  8. Yellow long curly wig with bangs and brown roots: (November 1, 2010 - December 21, 2010; February 21, 2011 - February 26, 2011; April 4, 2011 - May 6, 2011)
  9. Yellow long straight wig with high-cut bangs and brown roots: (February 19, 2011; February 28, 2011 - March 25, 2011)

Act I — New York City

Jumping Film

The concert began with this intro shown on the white curtain. The song featured in the film is a reworked and extended introduction of "Dance in the Dark". The "D-D-D-D" sample vocals with stripped beats in the beginning leading up to a remix of Finally 2008 by Denzal Park (Kam Denny & Paul Zala) which end directly 10-20 seconds before the first verse of "Dance in the Dark" (Starts at Silicone, saline).

The first scene is a white grid moving slowly in and out before a random assortment of countdown numbers being shown rapidly. Shorthly after, Gaga appear in the middle of the grid shown in slow-motion of her jumping doing a 360 degree in the air. This sequence is followed by a similar countdown fading to reveal a skull with a drape on it. The following scenes include footage from the Monster Ball: Theater, the Tank Girl Film. The first scene is Lady Gaga with red lipstick in slow-motion after she received a slap in the face. The second one is Gaga spraying hair spray while being squatting with one leg extended but they removed the tank that Gaga standed on. And the last is Gaga spraying hairspray while standing up. This sequence leads to a countdown from 10 to 1 till the beginning of "Dance in the Dark".

Lady Gaga — Corset and a heavily frilled top by Marko Mitanovski (Spring/Summer 2010 Collection).

"Dance in the Dark"

Surrounded by violet light, her silhouette appeared on top of a fire escape ladder behind the curtain with a neon rectangle with 176 (her old New York City apartment number) inside of it while she performed "Dance in the Dark". On the first few dates, the light used to make the silhouette was blue. The ladder was decorated with upside-down syringes with a red liquid inside of it.

For the first few lines of the song, Gaga stayed still and only did some movements on select cues. Once the curtain was removed and the chorus reached, the New York cityscape and neon lights (one reads "Sexy ugly" and the other "Liquor") were revealed. Gaga gyrated on the set dressed while her friends (Posh/Victor, Peppah, Bang Bang) were getting ready to go to the Monster Ball:

[Before the "Marilyn, Judy, Sylvia" verse]
Posh: Girls? Are ya'll getting ready? Peppah?
Peppah: Yes, Posh I'm getting ready? Hey Bang Bang, are you getting ready?
Bang Bang: Of Course I'm getting ready. Hey Champagne, you getting ready girl?
Peppah: I'm already ready, baby.
Posh: Well, let's get it honey!

Aditional notes:

  • After February 22, 2011, Gaga cut a verse in the song.
  • On the opening night of the arena version, Gaga was surrounded by a blue light, instead of a violet light.
  • Also on the opening night, the curtain rose as soon as the song started.
Lady Gaga — Shoulder pads vest by Haus of Gaga, sunglasses by Stevie Boi (All dates), shoes by Pink Cobra (All dates except Feb 18, 2010)
Dancers — Masks, outfits with leather skirt by Haus of Gaga (for Asiel, Michael and Ian)

"Glitter and Grease"

After "Dance in the Dark", her car (Nadine, the green Rolls-Royce) breaks down, causing Posh, Peppah, and Bang Bang to become frantic before Gaga tells them that she will take them to the Monster Ball:

Posh: Ohh No!
Bang Bang: Posh are we breaking down?
Posh: Uopp! Just give me a second.
Bang Bang: Where's Gaga anyways ? and where's my lipstick?
Posh: Shut up!
Peppah: Now we're never gonna make it to the Monster Ball!!
Gaga: Yes you will... I'll take you there!
["Glitter and Grease" begins]

The backdrop is drops of water falling down. The song is the only unreleased song performed at the revamped Monster Ball Tour. For this particular song, the studio track is used with Gaga and the chorist singing alongside it while the live band played over it. The scripted part had Posh even if Victor replaced him as it was a pre-recorded segment.

Lady Gaga — Black lightning bolt bodysuit by unknown (only on February 18)

"Just Dance"

Growing up in NYC I fell in love with a boy in a watermelon green El Camino "Nadine." We recreated a fantasy version of this car, a car that inspired all the music I wrote on "The Fame." As a moment of symbolism I decided to turn this car into an instrument: a piano. So when "Nadine" breaks down on the way to the Monster Ball, I open her hood to play Just Dance and she starts back up again.

—Lady Gaga, iTunes Ping (2010)

[Near the end of Just Dance]
Gaga: "Alright, Jesus, let's show PLACE how do we play guitar in New York city."
Gaga: PLACE
Gaga: Now Jump PLACE

After "Glitter and Grease", the dancers left the stage, leaving Gaga alone. She usually stayed in place for a couple of seconds, leaving the crowd chanting her name before she dropped her jacket, opened the hood of Nadine, revealing a Yamaha keyboard. She then started to play a new introduction on the piano leading to the start of "Just Dance".

The backdrop used the same bright colors moving in a kaleidoscope kind of effect as the Monster Ball: Theater. Along the dates, the dancers added inscription, cut parts on their vest.

Lady Gaga — [A] Bodysuit by Armani Privé (February 19-April 14, 2010), [B] Leopard 50’s cup body by Atsuko Kudo (April 14, 2010-May 6, 2011)
Dancers — Shorts by Haus of Gaga with a vest by Jaiden rVa James (All dates)

"Beautiful, Dirty, Rich"

[About 1 minute into the song]
Gaga: Now get your pockets out and shoot that money 'cause you don't need it. PLACE

The show continued straight to "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" while Ian McKenzie (or another dancer) added a crystal hat on Gaga at the beginning ot the song. During the song, Gaga moved accross a giant boxe with lights on it.

Lady Gaga — Crystal hat (all dates) with a crystal purple jacket (only on February 18) by Armani Privé

The Glitter Way / "Vanity"

After the song, the storyline of the Monster Ball continued with Posh (or Victor) asking Gaga what the Monster Ball exactly is, the dialogue for the Glitter Way segment went as follow:

Posh/Victor: So... Gaga, what's The Monster Ball really all about?
Gaga: Well Posh [or Victor]... The Monster Ball will set you free!!
Posh/Victor: Do you mean... I could be who ever... what ever... that I want to be free?
Gaga: Yeah Posh, tonight at The Monster Ball, were gonna be super free.

[Pause]

Gaga: And the best thing about The Monster Ball is that I created it so my fans have a place to go. A place where all the freaks are outside and I lock the fucking doors. It don't matter who you are, where you come from, or how much money you got in your pocket because tonight and every other after night you could be who ever is that you want to be. And to get to The Monster Ball all you got to do is follow The Glitter Way.

As Gaga said her line "all you got to do is follow the Glitter Way", the catwalk lights came up. On February 18 to September 16, 2010, the following part was "Vanity" [A]. There was no backdrop during this song, but the screen splits, and horizontal lights are used to illuminate the stage.

[Vanity begins]
Gaga: I wrote this song about four years ago when I was living in New York with Posh. This record is called Vanity.

On the rest of the tour [B], a backdrop of sparkles was shown while Gaga grabbed her outfit for the next song.

"The Fame"

Underneath my old NYC apt at "176" I arise from the basement to sing about my dream of "The Fame." To tell the story I designed and engineered "Emma" a hybrid electric bass, keytar, and drum machine that echoes "I'm a free bitch."

—Lady Gaga, iTunes Ping (2010)

Gaga: Do you love me? Well I love you PLACE! So come on! Take my picture I wanna be a PLACE star.

["The Fame" begins]

[In between the chorus]

Lady Gaga: You don't need money or plastic surgery to be a star PLACE.

Later Gaga disappears and then returns in a red cape with extended shoulders with her instrument Emma and performs "The Fame". She usually played with Emma and ended the song in the stairway with the upside-down syringes with a red liquid inside of it There is no backdrop during this song.

Lady Gaga — Red cape with shoulder pads by Haus of Gaga (All dates)

Puke Film

This interlude had two versions of it. Both videos began with Gaga standing on a white cube wearing a pleated white dress by Marko Mitanovski [A]. Later, she is shown sitting while performance artist Millie Brown pukes some bright green vomit on her.

The next scene feature Gaga eating a bovine heart [B]. During her interview with SHOWstudio, Lady Gaga revealed that Nick Knight made her eat a bovine heart so she could confront her fears of her father's heart surgery and also for artistic purpose.

On February 18 to July 4, 2010, Gaga is seen again being dressed like a mannequin by Dada [D]. This part of the interlude was inspired by the way Alexander McQueen dressed a model for a photoshoot.

From July 6, 2010 to May 6, 2011, the scene with Dada dressing her was cut from the film. A new scene where Gaga is seen holding the heart on her laps, blood dropping from her mouth [C] was added along with some scenes from the Tattoo Filmwas added at the end of it [E].

Lady Gaga — [A] White dress by Marko Mitanovski, [E] ecto-skeleton hat by Gary Card

Act II — NYC Subway

"LoveGame"

This moment of the show is one of my favorites, my vision and fantasy of New York, a glass-slipper subway, and the true fairytale of my life: a catholic school girl on the run to discover herself, and on the way she finds the Monster Ball.

—Lady Gaga, iTunes Ping (2010)

MB Program 11-12

Josh Olins (2010)

The stage is black and the following pre-recorded segment is played:

[Subway noises]
Operator: Welcome aboard the Gaga Express!
Watch your step!
Next stop, "Glitter Way".
[Blue lights on the subway while music was played: snippet of "Just Dance" and "Poker Face"]
Operator: Emergency, Emergency there's something in the tracks!

At the end of the operator emergency message, Gaga emerged from the subway standing on the opened door. Confusion on her face until drums and snaps sounds are played. This part was a reworked version of the introduction music used on her 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards performance. There is no backdrop during this song, but the subway is present at the back of the stage. On the windows of the train: 42nd St / Glitter Way / Monster Ball.

Near the end of the song, Gaga used the same modification created with The Band for The Fame Ball Tour. The song ending fades with a reworked and shortened version of the Chew Fu Ghettohouse Fix of "LoveGame" featuring Marilyn Manson's vocals. During that part, Gagas usual speech went like this:

Okay... I don't know if you've heard, but I have a pretty tremendous dick. So come on! Get your dicks out. Because I heard, they have some pretty big cocks here in PLACE! Welcome to The Monster Ball... NOW DANCE YOU MOTHERFUCKERS!

Lady Gaga — Dress by Rachael Barrett (All dates), hat, Disco Stick (Feb 18-24, 2010 [A]), Disco Torch (Feb 26, 2010 to May 6, 2011 [B]) by Haus of Gaga, boots by Pleaser (All dates), bloody skeleton hands by Unknown (May 7, 2010 to May 6, 2011 [C])
Dancers — Outfits by Haus of Gaga, masks by Gary Card

"Boys Boys Boys"

Uh no, I don't know what I'm going to do. You see I told my friends about The Monster Ball. I told them that The Monster Ball will set them free. So we got into the car but my car broke down. So I took them to the subway which always gets me where I need to go. But the Subway has left us in a strange place. And I just have no fucking clue where we are. Do you think I should ask my friends for some help? You know my deepest and most loyal friends? You know all my PLACE gay kids!

["Boys Boys Boys" begin]

This is for boys and girls! Celebrate your gay pride!

—Lady Gaga

The screen also splits and horizontal lights are used on the back of the stage. Used footage from the first Apocalyptic Film including the part where Gaga is nude inside the gun. Half way through the second chorus, GaGa exits the stage to change into her outfit for "Money Honey". The back-up singers sing the rest of the song and the bridge is played with pre-recorded vocals.

Lady Gaga — Body by Haus of Gaga (Feb 18, 2010 for Boys Boys Boys only)

"Money Honey"

Gaga is risen to the stage and tells the audience that the thing she hates most is money and then goes into "Money Honey". For he 2011 dates, Gaga did a 1 minute keytar intro minute and performed the first verse and chorus of "Money Honey" afterwards.

The backdrop was a black and white reworked version of the footage used as backdrop during the Egypt Act of the theater version of the Monster Ball.

Lady Gaga — [A] Suit by Unknown (Feb 18, 2010 only), [B] Coat by Unknown (Feb 20-24, 2010), [C] Coat & Sunglasses by Armani Privé (Feb 26, 2010 to May 6, 2011), shoes straps by Keko Hainswheeler (Feb 26, 2010 only [D]), shoes by Pink Cobra
Backdrop — Sunglasses by Versace, shoes by Alexander McQueen (Spring/Summer 2010)

"Telephone"

Lady Gaga then walks down to the end of the runway wear she recalls when she was in jail and her friend Beyoncé bailed her out, Lady Gaga takes off the trench coat and also hands her glasses to the dancers who take them off stage. There is no backdrop during this song, but the screen splits, and horizontal lights are used to illuminate the stage. On some shows, her cell phone would ring and she would answer it and it would be Beyonce. She would then say that Beyonce always interrupts her shows, followed by her performing Telephone. Beyonce's parts of the song are played with pre-recorded vocals.

[A] Outfit by Unknown (Feb 18, 2010 only),
[B] Studded latex bra, pantie by Haus of Gaga (Feb 20-Mar 5, 2010),
[C] Pantie and disco Bra by Haus of Gaga (Lollapalooza 2010),
[D] Latex bra & Pantie by Atsuko Kudo (Mar 14, 2010 to May 6, 2011)
Dancers — Outfits by Keko Hainswheeler

"Brown Eyes" / "Speechless" / "Stand By Me" / "Living on the Radio" / "Yoü and I" / "Born This Way" (acoustic) / Americano

A piano is then brought in and Gaga goes into the song "Brown Eyes", which was removed from the setlist in early July 2010. "Speechless", only performed in 2010 and on February 21 and 22, 2011, is performed afterwards. On 2010 shows she would sing the full song and the band would join in at the second verse. On 2011 shows, Gaga performs a shortened version of the song, removing the second verse and chorus, with a much slower tempo and the band did not join in. During this song, she tells her audience the Monster Claw Story, her life as a teen in New York, and how she became who she is today. 

Starting on June 28, 2010, Gaga performs "You And I" either after "Brown Eyes" or "Speechless". On selected dates, Gaga performed "Stand By Me" and "Living On The Radio". Starting on March 10, 2011, Gaga performs an acoustic version of "Born This Way". On the final two shows in Mexico, Gaga performed an acoustic version of "Americano".
[A] Body by Haus of Gaga (Feb 18, 2010)

Twister Film

Gaga and her friends then continue down the Glitter Way, and soon they run into an angel, who plays a tune that summons a twister, taking them closer to the Monster Ball, but landing them in a strange place that they don't know. Gaga and her friends are struck by a twister which leads to the transition from the Subway (Act II) to the Forest (Act III). The whole interlude has a strong "Wizard of Oz" inspiration. Transcription of the dialogue can be found here. The Twister Film was played after "Yoü and I" (previously "Speechless"), and before "So Happy I Could Die", which gave Gaga the time to change into the original outfit or the Living Dress. This interlude is displayed on the two rows of cylindrical screens from the catwalk after being lowered onstage.  During the first four shows, the video screens would rise as soon as Gaga was finished changing, not after the video ended.

"So Happy I Could Die"

There is no backdrop during this song, but live footage while Gaga is singing is shown in the projector screen. During 2011 shows, Gaga performs a shortened version of the song that removes the second verse. Gaga performs the song at the end of the runway. After the first chorus, an elevator platform rises Gaga above the stage.

  1. Dress by Miuccia Prada (February 18-22, 2010)
  2. Living dress by Haus of Gaga (Feb 24, 2010 - February 26, 2011), Shoes by Armani Privé
Note on the fashion: Lady Gaga had to use the Living Dress as her new costume, due to an incident on Feb. 22. During the song, in the last part, the outfit got broke due to a rose thrown on stage. She kissed it 2 times and threw it to the audience. Meanwhile, 30 fans died in a battle for the rose.

Paws Up Film

"The twister has left us in a very strange place... in a deep, dark, and evil place... a forest... in the deepest and darkest part of Central Park. "

—Gaga pre-written speech before the interlude.

Then the Paws Up Film is played, featuring Gaga with antlers dancing and playing with translucent strings. The music is a remix of "Fancy Footwork" by Chromeo with vocals sample from "Shook One Pt. II" of Mobb Deep with new recorded vocals by Gaga saying "Put your paws up" at the beginning and the end of the interlude. This particular film was used on the Theater Version (called the Antler Film) minus the "Put your paws up" vocals and written. On stage, giant trees with sharp branch that look like spines.

Lady Gaga — [A] Outfit, hat, shoes by ???, [B] Antlers by Nina Butkovich-Budden for Marko Mitanovski (Spring/Summer 2010 "Lady Macbeth" collection), corset by ???, shoes by Alexander McQueen (Spring/Summer 2010)

Act III — Central Park

"Monster"

She then returns and sings "Monster". Gaga jump, old outfit come back. The Sacred Heart Chimera is “a flesh body suit with Swarovski diamond sacred heart on the chest, hairy crotch and breast and feathered shoulders with long tonal hair cape and a gold hood”. The original backdrop for this song during the first Monster Ball Tour is used, but instead of using a red background color, it uses a purple background color.

  1. Hair monster outfit by Charlie le Mindu (February 18 - December 21, 2010)
  2. Sacred Heart Chimera by Alex Noble (February 18 - December 21, 2010) (Worn under costume 1)
  3. Black feather outfit by Zaldy Goco (February 19 - May 6, 2011)
  4. Black bra by Jean Paul Gaultier and tights by Capezio (February 19 - May 16, 2011) (Worn under costume 3)
Dancers — Outfits by Alex Noble

"Teeth"

Gaga then states that the thing she hates more than money is the truth. ("Teeth").  She then performs an extended version of "Teeth" where she introduces her band at the end.

Lady Gaga — Body by Zaldy Goco (Feb 18 to Aug 17, 2010), latex body by Unknown (August 19 - Dec 22, 2010), bra by Jean Paul Gaultier and tights by Capezio (Feb 19 - May 6, 2011)
Dancers — Outfits by Alex Noble and Keko Hainswheeler

"Alejandro"

Gaga and her friends then find the Eternal Fountain, the only fountain that bleeds for you. Gaga then goes into "Alejandro" while she jumps into the fountain and sings as blood pours over her. To be expanded. Angel Fountain, blood with fire. This backdrop is the same as the Raven Film, but colored in sea-green instead of red.

Manifesto of Little Monsters

This interlude featuring some footage of Lady Gaga wearing costumes of Marko Mitanovski, Alexander McQueen, masks by NOKI, Jaiden rVa James with an old piano in background while she reads a slightly modified version of the Manifesto of Little Monsters featured in the Book of Gaga.

Recorded vocals

This is the Manifesto of Little Monsters.

There's something heroic about the way my fans operate their cameras. So precisely, so intricately, and so proudly. Like Kings writing the history of their people. Its their prolific nature that both creates and procures what will later be perceived as "The Kingdom." So, the real truth about Lady Gaga fans, my little monsters, lies in this sentiment: They are the kings. They are the queens. They write the history of the kingdom, and I am something of a devoted Jester.

It is in the theory of perception that we have established our bond. Or, the lie, I should say, for which we kill. We are nothing without our image. Without our projection. Without the spiritual hologram of who we perceive ourselves to be, or rather, to become, in the future.

When you're lonely,
I'll be lonely too.
And this is The Fame.

Love and art,
12/18/1974
Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga — Costumes by Marko Mitanovski (Spring/Summer 2010 "Lady Macbeth"), Alexander McQueen (Spring/Summer 2010 "Plato's Alantis) , Mickey mask by NOKI (1997), nail covered hood by Jaiden rVa James (Youth by Youth Spring/Summer 2010), clear rubber mask by Franc Fernandez

"Poker Face"

Gaga then returns and sings "Poker Face". There is no backdrop during this song, but live footage while Gaga is singing is shown in the projector screen. If she had a show without a runway she uses the old backdrop. Since February 28, 2011, Gaga only wore the Alejandro outfit with the scarf and the jacket from the previous costume.

Fashion
  1. Leopard outfit by Haus of Gaga (February 18 - April 9, 2010)
  2. Second Skin lace bodysuit by SOMARTA, leather underwear by Dog, cuffs by Odradek (April 14, 2010-February 26, 2011)
  3. Bra by Jean Paul Gaultier and tights by Capezio (February 28, 2011 - May 6, 2011)
Dancers — Outfits by Haus of Gaga

Apocalyptic Film

After being shown only on the opening night of the Theater Version, this interlude was recut to include the stars backdrop of "Paparazzi". The first scene is Gaga being shown on the screen with the backdrop of Paparazzi during the original version (Note: On July 2, The first scene was Gaga's smoking from "Paper Gangsta"). The second scene is a rebuilt city of the original version. The third scene is the backdrop from Paper Gangsta during the original version. It ends with Gaga smoking.

Act IV — The Monster Ball

"Paparazzi"

Gaga and her friends find themselves in a dark place, and after some dialogue, Gaga's friends run off, leaving her alone to deal with the Fame Monster, a giant angler fish. ("Paparazzi") Gaga eventually kills the Fame Monster by using her Pyro-Bra and Pyro-Underwear. There is no backdrop during this song, but the Angler Fish is present at the back of the stage.

Lady Gaga — Green origami dress by Haus of Gaga, Pyro-bra & pyro-panty by Tom Talmon Studio
Dancers — Angler Fish

"Bad Romance"

She then leaves for the Monster Ball. At the Monster Ball, Gaga asks her fans if it's the best party on the planet, and tells them to dance. The backdrop are mostly black-and-white kaleidoscopes while some hands are shown in black-and-white too. ("Bad Romance")

Lady Gaga
Dancers — Helmets & Armors by Alun Davies, outfits by Haus of Gaga

"Born This Way"

The song was only performed on shows in 2010. The performance was just like the 2011 Grammy Awards performance, except GaGa did not emerge from the egg vessel.

  • During the April 15, 2011 show, GaGa debuted the Born This Way album artwork.
Lady Gaga — Nude latex & shoes by MUGLER
Dancers — Nude latex by MUGLER, sandal by Unknown
Boudoir Organ

Fan Film

At the very end of the show, the Fan Film is shown on the screen.

The Fan Film was replaced on Apr 23 with "Judas" being played with the artwork on the main screen.

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