Gaga arrived in Brisbane last night for the first Australian show on her Born This Way Ball tour starting tomorrow, posing for photos which required her publicist’s approval.
The extroverted pop star’s sudden bout of camera-shyness will extend to her arena concerts.
In an unusual move for an image-driven artist, no media can film or photograph the event, just fans on mobile phones.
Instead, Gaga’s personal photographer will document the concert and the singer will choose an approved photo to send to media once she has come off stage.
Media were also unable to photograph the Born This Way Ball on its initial legs in Asia and New Zealand.
Reviews in New Zealand ran with a generic supplied publicity photo of the star.
Gaga seemed pleased with her Kiwi press, tweeting: “much gratitude to the New Zealand press for the lovely reviews of our show.”
Refusing to be photographed on stage is rare – both Prince and the Killers shunned the media but belatedly supplied live photos, which they personally approved after coming off stage.
Media were able to photograph Gaga on her last two tours of Australia.
The first Melbourne show for Gaga is not until June 27 at Rod Laver Arena.
She will perform an impressive five nights at the venue.
Part of the new tour sees Gaga choosing fans from the “Monster Pit” to take backstage each night.
She tweeted she invites “between 5 and 20 every night!”
In an effort to stop fans sleeping out in winter, Gaga’s Australian promoters Live Nation have warned that any fans who arrive prior to 8am on the day of their applicable show will be “disqualified from possibly being selected” to enter the Monster Pit for that show.
Gaga is bringing her New York DJ pal Lady Starlight to open for her on the Born This Way Ball. Starlight will perform from 7.30pm, with Gaga on stage at 8.30pm.
The singer announced she will release a new album in September.