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The Fame Kills Starring Kanye West and Lady Gaga

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Fame Kills: Starring Lady Gaga and Kanye West, also known as The Lady Gaga/Kanye West Tour, was a scheduled 2009-2010 tour featuring Lady Gaga and Kanye West. After the tour, Gaga was scheduled to start her World Tour now known as "The Monster Ball" in early February of 2010. However, she embarked on her tour early because, the tour was cancelled in October 2009.

Background

In May of 2009, during an interview with Edmonton Sun Gaga declared plans for a bigger North American tour including Canada. Gaga explained that the show is supposed to be much bigger than the previous version. She was referring to Fame Kills which was cancelled and replaced by the Monster Ball.

Development

Fame Kills Stage Model 001
Gaga said the shows would feature an unusual stage that extended from one end of the arena floor to the other. "The stage is called a traverse," she said. "It's something that we designed together. Instead of being on just one end of the arena, the stage traverses the entire arena. It's not really in-the-round; it's more of a runway. ... [It extends] from one end to the other so the audience can see everywhere from 360, but it's like a rectangular runway shape.
"We're on each end of the stage, and I want to get to where Kanye is, which is 'the fame,' " she continued. "He wants to get where I am, which is home and humble beginnings. For the whole show, we are battling each other [for their positions]. It's been a really incredible creative experience.
"We did not do this tour for each other," she added. "We did this tour for everybody else. We wanted to do something that no one has ever seen. We wanted our fans to feel like we were doing something special and we wanted to merge two groups of fans — two different [groups of] music lovers into one room. He's going to play every Kanye West hit, which is a lot, one after the other. I'm going to play all my hit records which, knock on wood, I had a lot this year. And then I'm going to play all my new music and then do a ton of duets."

Cancellation

On October 1, 2009, the tour's promoter released a statement announcing that the tour was officially cancelled. Lady GaGa's choreographer, Laurie-Ann Gibson, Tweeted that it was due to "creative differences" - but she did not elaborate further. "It was a mutual decision," Gaga said as she arrived for the Billboard Women in Music Event, where she is receiving this years Rising Star Award. "Kanye's going to take some time off. But the good news is that I'm going on tour in a few weeks." Many of the crew hired for the tour were kept for The Monster Ball.

Dates

The tour was 35 shows accross America and Canada starting in November into the end of January, 2010.

Date City Country Venue
North America
November 10, 2009 Phoenix United States US Airways Center
November 11, 2009 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
November 13, 2009 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center
November 15, 2009 Anaheim Honda Center
November 16, 2009 Los Angeles Staples Center
November 18, 2009 Sacramento ARCO Arena
November 19, 2009 San Jose HP Pavilion
November 24, 2009 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place
November 26, 2009 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome
November 28, 2009 Edmonton Rexall Place
November 29, 2009 Saskatoon Credit Union Centre
December 2, 2009 Denver United States Pepsi Center
December 4, 2009 St. Louis Scottrade Center
December 9, 2009 Miami American Airlines Arena
December 11, 2009 Atlanta Philips Arena
December 12, 2009 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
December 13, 2009 Norfolk Scope Arena
December 16, 2009 Worcester DCU Center
December 18, 2009 Philadelphia Wachovia Center
December 19, 2009 Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena
December 20, 2009 Buffalo HSBC Arena
December 22, 2009 East Rutherford IZOD Center
December 23, 2009 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arenar
December 26, 2009 Hartford XL Center
December 30, 2009 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
January 3, 2010 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
January 6, 2010 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
January 8, 2010 Ottawa Scotiabank Place
January 11, 2010 Montreal Bell Center
January 14, 2010 Auburn Hills United States Palace of Auburn Hills
January 16, 2010 Chicago United Center
January 19, 2010 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
January 21, 2010 San Antonio AT&T Center
January 22, 2010 Houston Toyota Center
January 24, 2010 Dallas American Airlines Center

Promotion

A short video was released to promote the tour around September of 2009. The footage of the video came from the photo shoot they did together with David LaChapelle. Monsters sounds are played during the video and Kanye says "Fame Kills" at the end of it. The picture they did was released for the first time inside the Book of Gaga. The poster for the tour was taken by photographer Hanna Liden at Milk Studios but was never released.

Poster

Video

Kanye West posted up this video on his blog with the headline “WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE ROCK STARS? THE FAME KILLED THEM!”

[2] Photoshoot by Hanna Liden

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