Lady Gaga’s Chromatica Ball Tour won’t be stopping in Indonesia when it finally kicks off in July 2021. The mini tour will head to North America and Europe, without any attempts to branch out into Asia. There were so many protests involving her Born This Way Ball tour in 2012 that it is unlikely she will ever attempt to perform there.
Lady Gaga fans might see her in concert again in 2021
Gaga performed a medley of “Chromatica II,” “911,” “Rain on Me,” and “Stupid Love” at the 2020 MTV video music awards on Aug. 30, 2020. Ariana Grande joined the pop artist on the stage for “Rain on Me,” and they both wore face masks the entire time. Fans and critics both loved the performance.
“For an energetic, bonkers and wholly cathartic nine minutes, Lady Gaga was so committed to a good old-fashioned awards-show performance that you almost forgot that it was anything less than business as usual,” the New York Times reported about the show.
The Chromatic Ball tour is scheduled to begin on July 25, 2021, in Paris, France. It was postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. If all goes as planned, Gaga will head to London, Boston, Toronto, East Rutherford, and Chicago. However, she won’t be heading to Asia.
Religious leaders threatened force if Lady Gaga tried to step off a plane in Indonesia
In 2012, Islamic leaders and lawmakers protested Lady Gaga touring in Indonesia. They felt that her revealing clothing and dances would corrupt the young people in their country. The show in Jakarta, Indonesia, was going to be the largest on Gaga’s Asian tour. However, the Born This Way Ball Tour was denied a permit for the sold-out show less than three weeks before she would take the stage.
Jakarta’s local police recommended that the permit for the show be denied because they could not guarantee Gaga’s safety. Many Islamic hard-liners criticized her performance. They claimed the “suggestive nature of her show threatened to undermine the country’s moral fiber.”
The critics were very outspoken. They even said they would use force to stop Gaga from stepping off the plane in their country. While many fans were disappointed, it is not likely that the artist would try to return to Indonesia anytime soon.
The ‘Born This Way Ball’ tour was met with protests in the Philippines
Christian groups in the Philippines also attempted to ban Lady Gaga from performing in Manila in 2012.
“This protest is not against Lady Gaga as a person but on her music and on how she declares distorted views about the Lord Jesus Christ,” said Reuben Abante, the secretary-general of Biblemode Youth, which is leading the protests.
However, the show did go on in the Philippines.