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Tokyo is one of the first shows on the itinerary for Lady Gaga's upcoming world tour, which is expected to take in a total of 110 dates worldwide (a figure that sounds impressive until you consider that she originally said it'd be a record-breaking 450). The singer has described the Born This Way Ball as 'an electro-metal pop-opera', and of all the artists in the world of contemporary pop, she's probably the one best positioned to deliver on such an extravagant concept. Extravagance comes at a price, mind you: tickets for Gaga's show at Saitama Super Arena run to as much as ¥25,000 (for access to a 'Super Premium Arena Standing' area from which you can presumably reach out and stroke Ms. Germanotta's hair throughout the performance). There are also a range of packages that bundle tickets and merchandise, dubbed 'Government Hooker' (¥32,000), 'Highway Unicorn' (¥25,000) and 'Heavy Metal Lover' (¥36,000), the latter coming complete with free booze and eats.