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Lady Gaga Postpones European Tour Dates, Citing Chronic Pain


Lady Gaga performing at the Super Bowl in February. The European leg of her “Joanne” tour was scheduled to start Thursday in Barcelona.

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Lady Gaga postponed the European leg of her “Joanne” tour three days before it was scheduled to start, announcing on Monday in an Instagram post that “trauma and chronic pain” would keep her from performing there until early 2018.

On Thursday, Lady Gaga had canceled a Friday appearance at the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil, saying that she was in “severe pain” and in the care of “the very best doctors.”

The European concerts were scheduled to begin Thursday in Barcelona and run through Oct. 28 in Germany. Fans were told to keep their existing tickets until the dates were rescheduled, according to a statement from Live Nation, the concert promoter. A second North American leg of the tour, set to start Nov. 5 in Indianapolis, was expected to go on as scheduled, the statement said.

The first United States leg of Lady Gaga’s tour started in Tacoma, Wash., on Aug. 5. Reviewing that show for The New York Times, Jon Caramanica wrote that the juxtaposition of her biggest pop hits with material from “Joanne,” her latest album — including the title track, performed on acoustic guitar — could prove disorienting. “Lady Gaga finds herself in tugs of war with herself — sincerity versus artifice, extravagance versus asceticism,” he wrote.

Lady Gaga has said she suffers from fibromyalgia, a syndrome of unknown causes that can lead to lasting muscle pain and fatigue. Her struggles with chronic pain are a focus of “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” a documentary about her that will be available on Netflix on Friday.

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