The lady is a vamp ... Gaga has announced her Australian tour. Photo: AP
Late 2014 could yet rival last year's extraordinary run of big gigs with the news today that two of the world's biggest pop stars - Lady Gaga and Robbie Williams - will tour Australia within a few weeks of each other.
Gaga – known to fans as the “Mother Monster” - is set to tour in August, while the revitalised Williams will play in September.
Both artists are at this point set to play the same indoor venues: Perth Arena, Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena, Brisbane's Entertainment Centre and Sydney's Allphones Arena.
Swing set ... Williams will bring his big band sound to Australia.
Last year pop megastars Pink, Rihanna, Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber amongst others toured Australia. Gaga and Williams will join an already remarkable roster of pop talent playing here this year: Eminem (February), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (March), Pharrell Williams (March), Kanye West (May), John Mayer (April) and Avicii (January). Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Lorde are also expected to announce solo headline tours soon for late 2014.
Gaga, 27, who was in the news this week after being bitten by a slow loris while filming a music video, starts her Artpop Ball tour in Perth on August 20, while Williams kicks off his Swing Tour in the west on September 11.
Despite mixed reviews and solid but not spectacular sales of her 2013 album, Artpop, Gaga remains one of the pop world's most creative and intriguing performers and should quickly sell out the announced shows. The schedule leaves plenty of scope for extra dates to be added.
Gaga - real name Stefanie Germanotta - is known not only for her music but also for her off-the-wall costumes and performance art roots and is one of music’s most influential artists and one of its highest earners. She has sold an estimated 24 million albums but is best known for singles including Poker Face, Telephone and Born This Way. She's sold an estimated 125 million singles, mostly online.
Her huge army of passionate fans are known as Little Monsters and she's the fourth most popular person on Twitter, with more than 41 million followers. She last toured Australia in 2012, playing five shows in Melbourne and four in Sydney.
Williams, who just turned 40, re-formed the hugely successful boy band Take That in 2010. The band played at the London Olympics closing ceremony.
Williams' own enormously successful solo career has yielded 55 million album sales. In 2013 he released his 10th studio album, Swings Both Ways, featuring duets with Lily Allen, Olly Murs, Rufus Wainwright and Michael Buble.
He last toured Australia during his huge 2006 world tour, playing stadium gigs.
Lady Gaga's artRAVE, The ARTPOP Ball
Perth Arena: Wednesday August 20
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne: Saturday August 23
Brisbane Entertainment Centre: Tuesday August 26
Allphones Arena, Sydney: Saturday, August 30
Lady Gaga ticket information
Members of littlemonsters.com and American Express members can buy tickets tomorrow from midday, while Live Nation pre-sales start at 2pm on Monday and general sales begin on Tuesday, Febuary 25. For more information visit livenation.com.au
Robbie Williams: The Swing Tour Live.
Perth Arena: Thursday September 11
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne: Tuesday September 16
Brisbane Entertainment Centre: Monday September 22
Allphones Arena, Sydney: Saturday September 27
Robbie Williams ticket information
Visa cardholders can buy pre-sale tickets from 9am on February 26 from visaentertainment.com.au General sales begin on March 4 at 10am via ticketek.com.au
not this bitch announcing dates and having tickets up for sale tomorrow