Why Lady Gaga's already cheesed off with Dublin
BORN THIS WAY: Gig rider shows wacky star likes simple food
AMERICAN superstar Lady Gaga is jetting into Dublin this weekend to take to the stage at the Aviva Stadium.
But far from making any outlandish demands when it comes to her concert rider, the Herald can reveal how the Born This Way star (26) has kept things remarkably simple.
She may be best known for wearing a dress made out of meat, but when it comes to her own palate the controversial singer is surprisingly refined.
Her concert rider has given everyone food for thought, given its sheer normality and lack of outlandish items.
It stipulates that she'd like instant coffee in her dressing room -- not even a French press -- along with a small plate of cheese, but she insists that it must be "non smelly and non sweaty".
As proof that she's really a normal girl under all the fancy stage outfits, she has also requested some Redbull, tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa along with roasted chicken, dried fruit, hummus and pitta bread and starfish tuna.
"Considering how outlandish she comes across, her tastes in food and drink are really simple. It shows that maybe she's quite down to earth at heart," said a source.
There are just four days left until the singer follows in the footsteps of Madonna by performing at the southside venue, supported by special guests The Darkness.
And her Irish fans are certainly in for a treat, judging by recent reviews of her Born This Way Ball. She'll be treating them to no less than 15 costume changes, with her outfits designed by couture favourites including Versace, Moschino and Armani.
Five-time Grammy winner Gaga will also be taking a leaf out of Madonna's book by donning a skimpy outfit consisting of fishnets and a white shirt as she shows off her shapely derriere.
She will be performing all her best-known hits for attendees, including Just Dance and Bad Romance, as well as a cover of the John Lennon classic Imagine.
The extravagant sets include a medieval castle, a mechanical horse, the motorbike piano and even a giant meat grinder as she pulls out all the stops to make sure it is a night to remember.
The last time she performed here was in October 2010 when she brought her chart-topping tour The Monster Ball to the O2 Dublin.
A handful of tickets to her Dublin show are still available from Ticketmaster.ie.