Lady Gaga kicks off UK ‘Monster Ball’ tour in Manchester

Singer makes 15 costume changes for spectacular stage show

Lady Gaga brought her mammoth ‘Monster Ball Tour’ to the UK last night (February 19) for a spectacular Manchester show which saw the star make 15 costume changes.

The singer performed a host of hits and new tracks from her 2009 debut ‘The Fame’ and expanded version ‘The Fame Monster’ during a theatrical set which featured a giant octopus prop, a subway train and a giant green Rolls Royce.

The show, which was put together in four weeks and saw Gaga adding the final touches just 30 minutes before the doors opened, was split into four acts – ‘City’, ‘Subway’, ‘Forest’ and ‘Monster Ball’.

It told the story of how the singer lost her friends across New York as she made her way to a ball.

The singer told fans at the MEN Arena, “We were doing another show in the United States… but I got very bored, so I threw it away.”

The set kicked off with ‘Dance In The Dark, which she debuted at the Brit Awards, which she performed against a seedy New York street scene backdrop, before performing a few bars of another new song, ‘Glitter And Grease’.

The second act saw the singer dressed as a PVC-wrapped nun in a subway carriage as she launched into ‘Love Game, and set her piano on fire for ‘Speechless’.

The star was then raised above the crowd on a platform and rolled into the third act set against a forest, donning a new outfit shaped like a tasselled lampshade.

Lady Gaga rounded off the set in spectacular fashion, returning for the final act featuring a huge animatronic octopus, as she closed the show with ‘Paparazzi’ and recent Number One hit ‘Bad Romance’. She next plays in the UK in Liverpool on February 24.

Lady Gaga played:

‘Dance In The Dark’
‘Glitter And Grease’
‘Just Dance’
‘Beautiful, Dirty, Rich’
‘The Fame’
‘Love Game’
‘Boys Boys Boys’
‘Money Honey’
‘Brown Eyes’
‘So Happy I Could Die’
‘Poker Face’
‘Monster’s Ball’
‘Bad Romance’