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No more mystery: Kanye, Gaga unveil tour dates, $45 tour membership

September 18, 2009 | 12:35 pm


Apologies have been accepted and talk shows received their ratings boosts. Now everyone appears ready to go back to making money.

Concert promoter Live Nation officially unveiled the tour dates for Kanye West's co-headlining trek with Lady Gaga, which will include two Los Angeles-area appearances. Dubbed the "Fame Kills" tour, the trek will hit the Honda Center in Anaheim on Nov. 15 and the Staples Center downtown on Nov. 16.

The tour dates were unveiled on the website for industry trade Pollstar earlier this week, but in the wake of West's MTV Video Music Awards appearance, which practically caused a national crisis, reps for both artists and tour promoter Live Nation refused to confirm the tour's existence.

The parties involved went so far as to strike the tour from the Ticketmaster database, removing dates that were to initially go on sale on Sept. 16. A "no comment" was offered rather than an explanation (really, fans, Live Nation loves you).

But all mysteries were put to rest this morning. Now, rather than debate West's award show antics, fans can instead discuss the merits of the presale protocols for the "Fame Kills" tour. Presale tickets for most markets, including the two Southland dates, will be available Sept. 22.

For $45, fans will have the right to then purchase tickets before the general public, including VIP passes, which will surely push three figures. Early reports had the cost of tickets ranging from $39.50 to $250. If true, the ability to gain access before the riffraff will cost more than some tickets. 

However, fans will receive a T-shirt. Kanye/Gaga completists who want to hit both L.A.-area dates should skip the fan club, however. The $45 purchase only gives you the right to buy tickets to "one show per membership year," according to the website for the "Fame Kills" tour. Hey, what do you expect for an extra $45? 

On the flip side, there is a free membership option, but Pop & Hiss has no idea why it exists. After signing up, we received this message: "Currently, free memberships offer no benefits, but we'll keep you posted if this changes."

General on-sales begin Sept. 26.

--Todd Martens

Photo, top left: Kanye West. Credit: EPA
Photo, top right: Lady Gaga. Credit: Getty Images