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Now heralded as one of the biggest pop acts of the 21st Century, Lady Gaga burst onto the scene in 2008 with the chart-topping The Fame. The eccentric superstar subsequently embarked on a world tour to support the record and its extended version The Fame Monster. But as Gaga herself admitted to years later, this particular show nearly cost her everything.

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The Monster Ball Tour kicked off at Montreal’s Bell Centre in November 2009. Hailed as the “first-ever pop electro opera,” the tour took in a further 119 dates across America. It also hit Europe, Asia and Oceania, before wrapping up at Mexico City’s Foro Sol more than 18 months later in May 2011.

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