The new Lady Gaga 'Born This Way Ball' tour kicked off at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on April 27. You had to be 18 to attend but the show was sold out, with fans showing up dressed to replicate one of the Fame Monsters many costumes.
There was an effort in the country by a small but vocal group of right wing and Christian protesters who had a gathering in the city last week, trying to get the government to revoke Lady Gaga's permits to play there. Music concerts there are rated much like films are in other countries and Lady Gaga's tour has been deemed unsuitable by the government only for those under the age of 18.
The Agence France Presse (AFP) reported earlier that some 300 protesters at a 'prayer rally' got together to pray the concert would not go on but, given it did, their prayers would seem to have been ignored. “We will pray to God that the concert will not be realized so that homosexuality and pornography will not spread around the country,” an organizer had told AFP.
Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way Ball'
Her concert in Seoul was reported to have gone off without a hitch. In the U.K., the BBC reported that "those who attended saw the pop artist introduce some new designs, among them a leotard fashioned from four guitars and a giant piano keyboard headpiece."
The tour is in support of her newest album, 'Born This Way', released in 2011. She now moves on to play other dates in southeast Asia, including four nights in each of Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore, and in Australia and New Zealand before moving to Europe. There will be dates in America and South America announced as the tour moves along.