Lady Gaga makes a triumphant return to Tampa with her "Monster Ball" tour in 2011

Critics around the world raved about the first leg of The Monster Ball Tour, which Gaga described as “the first-ever pop-electro opera.” The Sun called it “breathtaking stuff” and “the best live show you will see this year,” while London’s Independent wrote: “Gaga’s got it, which is why, right now, the whole pop world wants to take a ride on her disco stick.”  Writing about her show at Radio City Music Hall, the New York Times noted that “her Monster Ball tour always provided something worth a snapshot: a sci-fi tableau, perhaps, or a skimpy, glittery costume. The more her image gets around, the better Lady Gaga does.”

“In just 2 years Lady Gaga has become an international superstar, selling out everywhere in the world,” said Arthur Fogel, CEO Global Touring and Chairman – Global Music Live Nation.

Lady Gaga is touring in support of The Fame Monster, which was released on November 18th, 2009, by Streamline/Konlive/Interscope. The album is the follow-up to 2008’s Grammy Award-winning album The Fame, which spawned the No. 1 singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” Combined, The Fame and The Fame Monster have sold 13.5 million albums worldwide, while Lady Gaga’s current singles, “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Lovegame,” “Paparazzi,” “Bad Romance” and “Telephone” have combined sales over 50 million worldwide. At this year’s BRIT awards, she took home awards for International Album (The Fame), International Female Solo Act and International Breakthrough Act. At the 2010 MTV VMA’s Lady Gaga took home a record 8 wins including ‘Video of the Year’.

Her music videos have received a combined total of over 1 billion views online – the first artist to reach this number.  Lady Gaga has made another video milestone with “Bad Romance” becoming the most viewed video of all-time on

Tickets (general admission floors and reserved seating in the stands) for The Monster Ball go on sale for Tampa beginning Saturday, October 2 / Noon at or charge-by-phone: (800)745-3000.

Last April when she was in town, Lady Gaga played the 1,100-seat The Ritz. This time around, she enjoys an arena-size upgrade when her tour stops at the St. Pete Times Forum. While the show doesn't actually take place until April 16, 2011, it has definite sell-out potential, so get your tickets early; sales starts this Saturday, October 2, beginning at noon. Here's the official release:

Lady Gaga has captivated audiences around the globe with her stunning international smash, The Monster Ball tour, presented by Virgin Mobile.  In 2010 the tour has taken her throughout Europe and North American, where she received rave reviews everywhere she stopped.  With the majority of North American dates already sold out, Lady Gaga has announced she will be extending her North American 2011 tour, now including a stop at Tampa’s St. Pete Times Forum on Saturday, April 16. The 2011 North American Monster Ball Tour, produced globally by Live Nation and presented by Virgin Mobile, will begin on February 19th, 2011 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, taking her spectacular show to top arenas and a host of new cities.

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