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Lady Gaga Announces Massive Summer Monster Ball Arena Tour

March 15, 2010 9:21 AM ET

Lady Gaga first announced the idea for her Monster Ball tour in October 2009, after her planned Fame Kills trek with Kanye West was canceled, and she debuted the live spectacle a month later. The singer revamped the show into a massive arena show for its European kick-off in February. And now the pop diva is upping the ante once again, announcing an ambitious 31-date summer tour that launches June 28th in Quebec. The tour will make stops at arenas in Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Detroit and other major U.S. and Canadian markets. Tickets for most dates go on sale this Friday, March 19th, through Live Nation; special guests will be announced shortly. Fans have already noted there's no Chicago date on the schedule, as well as a sizable hole in Gaga's itinerary from approximately August 6-8th, lending credence to rumors that she'll perform at the 2010 Lollapalooza fest.

Check out photos from Lady Gaga's Monster Ball show.

Gaga — who describes the tour as the first ever "pop-electro opera" — told Rolling Stone last year the idea for the show is rooted in futuristic stage drama. "The theatrics and story elements are in the style of an opera. Imagine if you could take the sets of an opera, which are very grand and very beautiful, and put them through a pop-electro lens. The design of the show is very, very forward, very, very innovative. I've been thinking about ways to play with the shape of this stage and change the way that we watch things."

Get a look at Lady Gaga's wildest outfits.

As Rolling Stone reported from her first U.S. Monster Ball date, Gaga's show features extreme wardrobe changes, the singer tackling numerous instruments and all of her biggest hits from The Fame and its reissue follow-up The Fame Monster. When the show returned in England, Gaga added a new narrative (she and her pals race to a party) and a 40-foot animatronic sea monster.

Last week, Lady Gaga made headlines by premiering her new video for "Telephone", which co-stars Beyoncé and features a Quentin Tarantino-inspired narrative of sex, violence and product placement. This morning Gaga called in to Ryan Seacrest's radio show to discuss the clip and her mutual fandom with Beyoncé.

Lady Gaga's Little Monsters invade Radio City: photos from the crowd.

Lady Gaga Monster Ball Tour Dates:
June 28 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
July 1 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
July 4 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hal
l July 6 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
July 11 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
July 14 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
July 15 - Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
July 17 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
July 20 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Ford Center
July 22 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
July 25 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
July 28 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
July 31 - Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
August 3 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
August 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
August 13 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand
August 16 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
August 19 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden
August 21 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
August 23 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
August 26 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
August 30 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Sept. 1 - Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center
Sept. 4 - Detroit, MI @ The Palace Of Auburn Hills
Sept. 5 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
Sept. 7 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Sept. 8 - Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena
Sept. 14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
Sept. 16 - Hartford, CT @ XL Center
Sept. 18 - Charlotte, NC @Time Warner Cable Arena
Sept. 19 - Raleigh, NC @ RBC Center

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