On April 27th the world’s biggest pop star of the moment, the New York City-born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (aka Lady Gaga) kicked off her enormous world tour with a sell-out concert —in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, followed by a date in Hong Kong, before going on to Bangkok, Singapore and Jakarta. Surprising, perhaps, as any self-respecting Western pop superstar used to begin their world tours almost exclusively in America or Britain.
Does her “Born this Way ball” tour provide yet more evidence that the economic pendulum has now made its full swing from West to East? Alan Ridgeway, the worldwide promoter for the shows, certainly seems to think so.
Americans will have to wait until next year. And what of poor old downgraded Europe? The little monsters there will have to wait until September or October to see their idol. And it looks as if someone from Standard & Poor’s might have drawn up the itinerary.