Lady Gaga cancels DC, national tour dates

Hip damage said to be the cause. Lupus rumored. Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, February 14, 2013 – Live Nation Global Touring issued a statement Wednesday confirming “that the remainder of the Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball performances have been cancelled, which includes a February 25th show at Verizon Center.”

According to the statement, “after additional tests…it has been determined that Lady Gaga has a labral tear of the right hip.  She will need surgery to repair the problem, followed by strict down time to recover. This unfortunately, will force her to cancel the tour so she can heal.” (The labrum is a ring of cartilage that surrounds the hip joint.) 

There have been rumors that the entertainer may be suffering from lupus—rumors that got a boost during her 2010 interview with Larry King, where she said, “You know, lupus is in my family. It’s genetic and … um … and the truth is I don’t show any signs, any symptoms of lupus, but I have tested borderline positive for the disease. As of right now, I do not have it, but I have to take good care of myself.” 

Lupus is an auto-immune disorder in which the immune system attacks bodily tissues, often the skin, joints, and kidneys, brain. Its symptoms may come and go with varying severity. There is no cure, but some treatments can help to combat symptoms.

No further information on Lady Gaga’s condition is available at this time. 

Starting today, Feb 14, 2013, Live Nation notes that refunds for the concert will be made available at “point of purchase.” Consult your ticket vendor for further details.


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Now writing on investing, politics, music, and theater for the Washington Times Communities, Terry was the longtime music and culture critic for the Washington Times (1994-2009). 

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