October 2, 2009
Late Thursday, rumors began online that the much-hyped Kanye West and Lady Gaga Fame Kills tour was being cancelled, though tickets had recently gone on sale. Live Nation confirmed the rumors in a brief press release, without giving a reason for the cancellation, adding that refunds are available at point-of-purchase and tickets bought online and on the phone will be refunded automatically.
Many have begun speculating that West's negative publicity in recent weeks is a major factor in the tour cancellation. The tour dates were announced just days after his now-infamous appearance onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, interrupting Taylor Swift.
However, Gaga said today as she arrived for the Billboard Women In Music Event that "It was a mutual decision. Kanye's going to take some time off. But the good news is that I'm going on tour in a few weeks."
Meanwhile, Lori Ann Gibson, Gaga's choreographer who was working on moves for the shows, wrote on Twitter that "creative differences" between Gaga and West led to the tour's demise.
MTV News reports that Gaga went in-depth about the tour's stage layout in a pair of recent radio interviews with Hot AC KMYI (Star 94.1)/San Diego and CHR KLUC/Las Vegas. "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 added. "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."
The Fame Kills tour had been slated to kick off November 10 in Phoenix and end up in Dallas on January 24, 2010.