Perth goes Gaga over fame monster
Lady Gaga leaves Nobu restaurant at Burswood last night. Picture: Michael Wilson/The West Australian

AC/DC rode their rock'n'roll train into town, U2 rocked under a towering spaceship-like structure on their 360 tour and Kylie Minogue cavorted in a fountain of flesh and water during last year's Aphrodite concerts.

But Lady Gaga has the biggest prop of them all on her latest tour - herself.

In an age when simply turning up and performing your hits won't put enough bums on seats, the 26-year-old New Yorker formerly known as Stefani Germanotta pulls out all stops to entertain her fans - or "little monsters", as she calls them - on her Born This Way Ball tour, which hits Burswood Dome tonight and tomorrow.

More than 200,000 little Aussie monsters will have witnessed the biggest pop tour of 2012 by the time the 14th and final concert finishes tomorrow night.

And, make no mistake, the biggest tour of the year is also the weirdest.

A giant inflatable chicken gives birth to the pop superstar who morphs with a motorcycle, which then reveals a piano.

And a giant robotic Gaga head, or Mother G.O.A.T., floats above the stage.

The show, billed as an electro-metal pop-opera, also features a veritable butcher's shop worth of meat, along with meat grinders, in reference to the infamous raw beef dress she wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

Speaking of fashion, there are 15 costume changes, including bespoke creations from Italian designers Giorgio Armani and Versace.

All this over-the-top action, and more besides, takes place in front of a five-storey medieval castle, designed by the singer and her creative team, Haus of Gaga.

A circular catwalk extends from the castle, enclosing the Monster Pit where hand-picked super-fans - most of them dressed up in homage to their favourite Haus of Gaga creations - are close enough to literally reach out and touch the Bad Romance singer.

Lady Gaga flew into Perth on a private jet on Thursday afternoon.

After eluding fans yesterday, she emerged from her room at Burswood Entertainment Complex en route to dinner at Nobu.

She was also seen in the casino and browsing shops in the hotel's lobby shortly before being escorted to the restaurant.

The West Australian

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