British classic rock wannabes The Darkness will join Lady Gaga as the main support for her forthcoming European tour.
The unusual union between both acts is the latest move from Gaga to be associated with rock acts.
It started early in 2011, when Gaga claimed to be inspired by Bruce Springsteen and Def Leppard. Before long, she was proclaiming that Iron Maiden "changed her life", and more recently claimed that her new album drew inspiration from classic rock acts.
To top it off, she's seen high praise from Alice Cooper
and Brian May
, who even suggested her as a contender to front Queen
in the future.
Gaga isn't the only pop singer to try attaching themselves to the rock world over the last year. Ke$ha has made similar claims of being influenced by classic rock, and believes her new album will "resurrect" rock. Meanwhile, Lana Del Rey is working hard to be spotted next to rock icons like Marylin Manson and Axl Rose.
Why has it become fashionable for pop artists to connect themselves to the rock world?
One theory suggests that U2's stellar touring revenue last year made dollar signs appear in the eyes of pop managers. These classic acts have a huge global audience who are willing to pay big money for a live experience, and bands like Iron Maiden and Queen aren't getting any younger.
Or maybe these young pop singers are just from a generation where their idols really were rock artists, and they're just taking the opportunity of their fame to spend time with their heroes.