Shortly after cancelling her planned run with lightning rod performer Kanye West, music industry It girl Lady Gaga has new plans in the works.
At Billboard‘s annual Women In Music event on October 2, the rising star told MTV News that the decision to cancel was a mutual one for her and West. But she also had some good news for her fans.
“I’m not taking any time off,” Lady Gaga explained to MTV, “so I’ll be leaving just a week later than I was supposed to on my own solo tour, going to the same places.”
That would place the singer on the road by the end of November, since her outing with West was set to launch November 10. The Fame Kills Tour itinerary was routed through 34 cities across the U.S. and Canada.
Early plans for the co-headlining Fame Kills venture were announced to the public over the summer. During an appearance on The View, West briefly explained his intention to tour with the Yonkers-born performer.
“She’s talented and so incredible that she’s not an opening act,” West had enthused. “We’re doing it together, with no opening act.”
Despite her ever-increasing fame over the past year, Lady Gaga is still relatively new to the headlining experience. The performer set out on her first headlining tour of North America in spring 2009, after wrapping dates with New Kids on the Block.
Based on those tour specs, the Fame Kills plans with West would’ve been a major change for the pop-art singer. As opposed to the intimate clubs Lady Gaga was used to selling out, the co-headlining route would have taken her through some of the nation’s largest arenas and for a much higher ticket price.
Some reports have speculated that the tour’s large scale was a main reason behind the cancellation, while choreographer Lori Ann Gibson told her Twitter followers that the cancellation was the result of “creative differences.”
Meanwhile, Rolling Stone conjectured that ticket sales were probably the real killer for Fame Kills. The publication noted that presales were slow for several tour dates, leaving many tickets available long after the initial sale dates.
If the tour did suffer a sale-related death, backlash from West’s much-publicized recent antics could have been one cause. On September 13, the rapper and producer barged onstage during the acceptance speech of young country star Taylor Swift — an act which many mainstream audiences have seemingly deemed unforgiveable. After multiple apologies, both public and private, West’s popularity has continued to suffer.