Hey everyone. I have something interesting to share with you guys.
I'm part of a U2 fansite called Interference, which is similar to Bandaids.
Recently, someone on the forum posted a thread claiming that Lady Gaga could top U2's record-breaking 360 Tour.
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This thread suggests that Gaga could surpass U2's overall concert grosses if she does "450 concerts in 2 years".
Now a few of my fellow U2 fans are big Gaga fans. In the above thread, some of these fans say that Gaga is an "original artist" and "works her ass off". They also say that "the Little Monsters are just as rabid as U2 fans".
But then, towards the end of the thread, a more sensible U2 fan came up with this post:
So is Gaga currently experiencing a dip in popularity? Will she be able to top U2?Yes, her popularity is fading.
Sure, she has more hits on the radio than U2 do right now(i.e. 2 instead of Zero), but in terms of drawing as a live act?
No way. She sold out 2 arena shows in Boston in July 2010 and then barely sold out one in March 2011. And even in 2010, her tour was nowhere near the level of a U2 arena tour in terms of number of shows and total attendance/revenue.
I mean, I'm not a fan, but neither show completely sucked(I work concert security in Boston), but there was a hell of a buzz around the 2010 shows that seemed to be almost completely gone by last March.
Gaga has never played stadiums, which is what you need to do in order to run up the massive numbers U2 did with 360. She can't play to 45-100K people every 3-5 nights, and she couldn't even match U2's arena numbers at her peak in 2010, so how could she possibly top 360? She would easily saturate every market if she tried to go for it in arenas and by the 4th or 5th show in the same city on the same tour, it would be 70% full.
Personally, I don't think Gaga will EVER surpass U2. Unlike U2, Gaga isn't that unique or original. Her image is based on shock value, and is nothing that Madonna couldn't have pulled off back in the 80s. And, unlike U2, her music isn't exactly groundbreaking, as it's easily lumped into the repetitive electropop/dance-pop trend.
Plus, I don't think Gaga's Little Monsters are as diehard as U2 fans. U2 have sustained a worldwide, Dead-like fanbase that has never left their side. U2 fans are willing to travel the world over to attend dozens of concerts by their favorite band era after era. As a result, U2 have always had enormous drawing power as a live act. Gaga may be a contemporary chart topper, but she does not (and probably never will) have the super-massive following that U2 have built during more than three decades.
Who knows how many Little Monsters that Gaga will have ten years from now. I mean- Look at what happened to Avril's fanbase.