Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 | 6:28 a.m.
If You Go
- WHAT: Kanye West and Lady Gaga “Fame Kills” tour
- WHERE: Mandalay Bay Events Center
- WHEN: 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13
- TICKETS: $99.50 and $129.50, plus taxes and fees
Two of the most controversial artists in pop music have joined forces and are coming to Las Vegas.
The speech-interrupting, spotlight-stealing rapper otherwise known as Kanye West and oddball pop sensation Lady Gaga will play Mandalay Bay on Nov. 13.
The duo is set to hit the road together in November as they kick off their somewhat ironically titled "Fame Kills," tour.
The Las Vegas date will be the third stop along what is scheduled to be a 34-city tour of North America.
Both artists made headlines earlier this month following their appearances at the MTV Video Awards.
While Lady Gaga is known for having quirky costumes, eyebrows were raised higher than normal when she gave a blood-soaked live performance during the Sept. 13 televised event. The fact that the blood was fake was little reassurance to fans who were left disgusted and outraged by performer’s antics.
Still, it was West who attracted the most criticism after he snatched the microphone from country starlet Taylor Swift as she was accepting the spaceman for best female video of the year. The 32-year-old rapper launched into a now-notorious tirade and suggested Beyoncé Knowles deserved the statue more than young Swift did.
“I'm sorry, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time," he announced before returning the mic to a stunned Swift, who stood silent.
West later apologized for the incident and, the following night, told Jay Leno that he realized he needed to take some time off to reflect and re-center himself.
Despite his pledge, the upcoming tour was announced the very next day, on Sept. 15.
Still, West will have nearly two months before having to return to work and hit the road.
One would think that 50-plus days would be enough time for West to get his act together – yet one could also imagine the potential entertainment value if two months proves to not be enough, and West tries to steal Lady Gaga’s mic or place in the spotlight.
Suffice to say it will be entertaining tour, either way.
Tickets for the Friday the 13th show at Mandalay Bay are priced at $99.50 and $129.50, and are on sale now.
Melissa Arseniuk writes about Las Vegas entertainment and celebrity events. She can be reached at 702-948-7823 or by e-mail at [email protected].