In September 2009, Lady Gaga and Kanye West announced a major nationwide tour dubbed “Fame Kills.” When word of the tour first broke, West insisted that they were doing joint performances on the same stage. “She's talented and so incredible that she's not an opening act. We're doing it together, with no opening act,” he told Rolling Stone. Once the tour dates were announced, the show became one of the hottest concert tickets for the fall.
Later, in October, Gaga and West decided to cancel the tour, drawing speculation that it was because of poor ticket sales. In actuality, Gaga wanted to embark on her own headlining tour, while West planned on taking time off after his Taylor Swift incident at the MTV VMAs. Lori Ann Gibson, Gaga’s longtime choreographer, claimed that it was because of “creative differences.”