Lady Gaga coming to Van Andel Arena Tuesday

Elijah Brumback

It might be true to say only a very minute number of people have ever experienced being transported in an egg-like vessel by a foursome of golden, chiseled beefcakes in loincloths, let alone having the same voyage be their arrival to Grammys.

To some it must be a wonder that a person, whose pseudonym was begotten from the language of infant humans, could possibly be taken seriously. But these few discerning people of the world have apparently misjudged the artistic importance and cultural magnitude of projecting a persona – they forget the show.

Lady Gaga clearly is a cultural phenomenon, whose trajectory from humble beginnings to immense fame took only a few short months. Her career crashed through the roof of the Billboard charts and she amassed a staggering 340.35 million Youtube views by Feb. 9 of last year for the song “Bad Romance,” off ofher second studio album, “The Fame Monster.”

Her current tour, The Monster Ball, started Nov. 27, 2009 and will end May 6 of this year. The tour has covered North America, Europe, Oceania and Asia in eight legs with a total of 201 shows, grossing more than $133.6 million.

According to Rolling Stone in 2009, Kanye West and Lady Gaga had plans to launch a joint tour together. “Fame Kills: Starring Lady Gaga and Kanye West”, as the tour was known, was confirmed in September 2009, though West’s Taylor Swift moment put a quick end to the proposed mega-tour. Described by Gaga as “the first-ever ‘pop electro opera’”, The Monster Ball Tour has been host to a new set of rumors and speculations about what the performance will encompass in the last leg of the tour. Several U.K. media outlets in late 2010 reported that GaGa was speaking with corpse-preserving German scientist Gunther Von Hagens to spice up her Monster Ball Tour. Von Hagens, a controversial figure, has outraged some with his Body Worlds exhibition of dead people. Gunther’s Body Worlds show, which has traveled the world, features dead people who have been preserved through his trademark plastination process – in which bodily fluids are replaced by hardened silicone – similar to Bodies Revealed, on display at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

While nothing has been confirmed, it is likely that if the collaboration were to come to fruition, it would not appear until GaGa’s performance in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Arena.

Lady GaGa will perform in Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena on Tuesday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m. Currently tickets are still available, though the tours partnership with Virgin Mobile has full control over ticket sales. Prices are expected to reach over $200 per ticket Monday.

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