Simon Sweetman of New Zealand's praised the tour's Auckland date as the best pop concert since Janet Jackson 's Velvet Rope Tour .  South African publication The New Age gave Gaga's performance in Johannesburg five stars, stating that "Gaga's energy teamed with a bevy of spectacular dancers made for an electric show".  National newspaper The Times ' s Nikita Ramkissoon shared this praise, writing that she "was really taken by was her natural talent... From arriving on stage on a horse, birthing herself, dancing dripping with sex and magnificence, Black Jesus and legs splayed open on an armchair made of meat, this performance was nothing short of spectacular. Every minute of it... Everyone [she] know who was there was blown away. You just had to be there to see how impressive it was".