Lady Gaga’s upcoming concert tour “ArtRave: The Artpop Ball” will include a decidedly simpler and less pompous sounding act: Crayon Pop.
Lady Gaga tweeted that Crayon Pop will tour with her for her upcoming tour dates in America and Canada:
I’m excited to announce June 26 through July 22 of Lady Gaga’s artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball will be opened by CRAYON POP! http://t.co/MhIoXyP0qC
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 20, 2014
There’s some similarity between Gaga and Crayon Pop which makes this less random than it would seem otherwise. Both acts subvert their particular genres through dress and song (granted, Crayon Pop’s outfits probably cost less than one of Gaga’s eyelashes) and there is an idiosyncratic element to Gaga at her best and Crayon Pop which makes them somewhat of international kindred spirits.
Of course, the joy of Gaga has been off lately (Artpop lumbers around like an overweight, groaning traveling carnival) as she tries to navigate the perilous road from knowingly cheeky pop music rogue to prominent pop icon (it’s hard to go from poking fun at an industry to trying to headline it without bumps along the way).
The joy of Crayon Pop – from the bare bone but imminently danceable beats to easily sung hooks to quirky but simple outfits – kind of work as a distilled version of the better side of Lady Gaga. So, the two acts coming together, bike helmets and meat dresses and all, isn’t out of left field.
Lastly, the mind can’t help but think of a potential collaboration between the two acts. There’s a remix of “Applause” that works “Bar Bar Bar” into it somewhere. Hopefully, this won’t end with Crayon Pop hopping around on their pogo sticks while vomiting neon green liquid all over Gaga though.