By the Numbers: Lady Gaga's ArtRave: The Artpop Ball
By Stacy Lambe
In support of her third studio album, Lady Gaga is bringing the ArtPop experience to her fans with a 77-date concert, artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball, sponsored by Absolut Vodka. The tour, which will crisscross across North America before going overseas in mid-August, is Gaga's most frenetic live experience yet.
In what she described to Out magazine as a '90s warehouse party, Gaga and her team of backup dancers bounce on catwalks that stretch over a wave of fans throwing everything imaginable at the singer. Throughout the show there are inflatable gardens, glitter confetti explosions, on-stage costume changes, Frozen-like props, and wigs for days. At times, so much is happening, it's hard to take it all in.
Because it's hard to appreciate just how much goes into pulling off such an event, we break down the concert experience by the numbers:
21,346 labor hours went into the design and construction of the stage, which includes catwalks, an intergrated Absolut ARTPOP lounge in the middle of the floor, and pods with additional props and rooms for costume changes.
478 feet of air hosing, which inflates a garden on stage during the show. (See 15)
110 feet of runway spanning from the main stage over the audience on the arena floor. The runways connect to several platforms leaving fans guessing just where to stand on the floor. All the runways are visible from underneath.
26 people, who get to sit in Absolut Vodka's ARTPOP lounge, which is situated in the middle of the arena floor just below Gaga's piano and features a full-service bar during the show. Among those who get to sit in the lounge are two fans chosen by the sponsor for "daring to transform."
24 songs, including every song from the new album except the Rick Rubin-produced "Dope." Previously hits, including "Alejandro," "Born This Way," "Just Dance," and "Poker Face."
21 trucks, which hauls everything from the stage to the costumes from venue to venue.
15 inflatable trees, which sprout up on stage during "Venus" creating a bouncy garden in the middle of the show.
14 dancers, including several shirtless men, who do everything from voguing to shooting canons of teddybears out into the audience.
14 wardrobe changes — one of which happens on stage — with the fastest outfit swap taking only 30 seconds.
3 hours to break down the stage, which is carted in less than two days to the next tour stop.
1 wandering Taylor Kinney, who appeared on the floor during the Philadelphia stop at Wells Fargo Center.
?? things thrown on stage by fans. Among the items: a pair of tennis shoes, teddybears, an empty box of Cheerios, a bedazzled jean jacket, and an endless supply of notes to the singer herself. A few were read on stage and those fans were invited to meet the singer following the show.