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KylieX2008 was the tenth concert tour by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue, in support of her tenth studio album, X (2007). The tour began on 6 May 2008 in Paris, France at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy and concluded on 22 December 2008 in Melbourne, Australia at the Rod Laver Arena, consisting of 53 shows in Europe, six shows in South America, seven shows in Asia and eight shows in Oceania.

KylieX2008
Tour by Kylie Minogue
KylieX2008 - promotional poster.jpg
Associated albumX
Start date6 May 2008
End date22 December 2008
Legs5
No. of shows53 in Europe
6 in South America
7 in Asia
8 in Australasia
74 in total
Box office$70 million ($81.75 million in 2018 dollars)[1]
Kylie Minogue concert chronology

With the announcement of the For You, for Me Tour the following year, Minogue's official website stated that KylieX2008 grossed more than US$70 million from 74 shows in ticket sales in 2008.[2]

BackgroundEdit

After months of speculation it was announced through Kylie's official website that "KylieX2008" would commence in Paris, traveling internationally.

By way of introduction, Minogue stated:[3]

While rehearsing for the tour, Minogue released several behind-the-scenes videos on her website. Concurrently, she released "X" in the United States and filmed two music videos for the third single, "All I See" (including an acoustic rendition).

As the tour began to sell out all over Europe and the UK, many fans speculated that Minogue would bring her tour to Australia and Japan. While promoting her ITV special, The Kylie Show on "Sunrise", she stated: "I just want to have in my head more solidly what the tour will be and if I can manage what I have so far, I would love to come back [to Australia]".[4] It was later revealed that Minogue would bring a limited number of shows to her home country, stating, "The reason I hadn't confirmed dates in Australia is I really didn't know what I was getting into [...] But now I know".[5]

Concert synopsisEdit

 
Minogue as a tsar

As with the X album, the tour rippled the "new wave" theme, made popular in the '80s. The show was divided into seven acts along with an encore. Throughout the course of the tour the show evolved, with numerous changes and revisions.

The concert consisted of a high-tech three-tier stage. On the left and right, mini-stages were made available for the band and backing singers. The main stage was minimalist, with an illuminated video floor and huge moving video curtains as the backdrop. For performances in amphitheaters, open air venues and small arenas the illuminated floor and the lavish props were removed due to technical limitations.

Minogue described the show as being "a show within a show", stating that each act is dramatically different from one another. Minogue stated she was inspired by Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury. "I'm releasing my inner Freddie Mercury. It's hard to explain but parts of the show are so over the top. When I sing 'Your Disco Needs You', it's a real Freddie moment."[6]

The first act Xlectro Static act opens the show with a futuristic video showing the outline of Minogue's face polarized in neon colours. The huge video curtains slide open to reveal Minogue perched in a giant hoop dressed in a 'spiderwoman' gown (the dress, however, changes as the tour reaches South America). On technically limited shows, the giant stereo speakers move to reveal Minogue. She performs "Can't Get You Out of My Head", an unreleased track entitled "Ruffle My Feathers" and "In Your Eyes".

The second act Cheer Squad opens with an homage to the Toni Basil hit "Mickey", with Kylie and her dancers appearing as American cheerleaders. Themed as a high-school pep rally, Minogue performs "Heart Beat Rock", "Wow" and "Shocked", the latter being reduced to a dance interlude at some dates.

The third act Beach Party begins with "Loveboat" and continues with a cover of the Barry Manilow hit "Copacabana". On the opening night, "That's Why They Write Love Songs", a tribute to the many romantic show tunes of the 1940s and 1950s, is also performed. Kylie closes the act with "Spinning Around".

 
Minogue performing "No More Rain"

For the fourth act Xposed, Minogue is dressed as an 'erotic bellboy'. She appears on a gigantic skull suspended high above the stage performing "Like a Drug". The skull descends to the stage and Kylie goes on to perform "Slow", with excerpts of "Free" (from Intimate and Live), and "2 Hearts". The skull received a very positive reaction from the fans, and was replaced by a CG reproduction at the concerts it could not be featured due to stage limitations (this additional projection was not present before the South American leg).

The Asian-influenced fifth act Naughty Manga Girl sees Minogue emerging on stage in a pyramid which unfurls to reveal Kylie in an outfit inspired by Japanese manga, performing "Come into My World", "Nu-di-ty" and "Sensitized". This segment, which opens with a video of "Sometime Samurai", was completely cut from the technically limited concerts.

The show progresses to its sixth act Starry Nights, with Minogue appearing in a blue satin gown and premiering another new song, "Flower", she then performs a ballad version of "I Believe in You". The act ended with "Cosmic" on the initial dates, but this song was later dropped.

In the seventh act Black Versus White, Minogue appears as a tsar, performing "On a Night Like This", "Your Disco Needs You", "Kids", "Step Back in Time" and "In My Arms". The act begins with a black and white theme and progresses into colour.

Minogue re-emerges on stage in a Cher-esque evening suit to perform an encore. This began with "No More Rain" at all shows except in South America. There, it was removed from the set after the 1 November show for the remainder of that leg. Many songs were added and swapped around during this act including "The One", "Love at First Sight", "I Should Be So Lucky" and the acoustic rendition of "All I See". Starting during the South American leg, "Better the Devil You Know" was performed. For the first two performances in South America only, "Somewhere" was performed, a song from the critically acclaimed musical West Side Story.

Critical receptionEdit

The tour received excellent reviews from many critics throughout the UK and Europe. Many called it Minogue's best tour to date.[7][8] The tour generally sold well throughout Europe and has been seen as a major success.[8] Due to large public demand, several additional dates were slowly added since the tour announcement. Tickets for the original eight shows of the UK leg sold-out in just thirty minutes, and Minogue went on to sell tickets for more than twenty-five shows in England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. The six shows at the Manchester Evening News Arena made Minogue the all-time most-featured artist at the venue.[9][10][11] The UK leg of the tour grossed over 26,000,000 USD (est. 14,000,000GBP), with Minogue performing to just under 300,000 spectators.[12]

Broadcasts and recordingsEdit

KylieX2008 premiered on 4 Music in late August 2008. The concert was one of the first broadcast on the new station. It was later shown on Channel 4. In October 2008, it was revealed that FremantleMedia would release a DVD entitled KylieX2008. The disc features the full length concert along with a photo gallery and screen projections. It was released in the United Kingdom and Australia on 1 December 2008.[13][14] A later release on Blu-ray followed.

Set listEdit

This set list represents the show on the DVD release.

  1. "Speakerphone"
  2. "Boombox" / "Can't Get You Out of My Head" (contains elements of "Can't Get You Out of My Head (Greg Kurstin Remix)" and "Blue Monday")
  3. "Ruffle My Feathers"
  4. "In Your Eyes"
  5. "Heart Beat Rock" (contains elements of "Mickey")
  6. "Wow"
  7. "Shocked" (DNA Mix)
  8. "Loveboat" (contains elements of "The Love Boat Theme Song")
  9. "Copacabana"
  10. "Spinning Around" (contains elements of "Got to be Real")
  11. "Like a Drug"
  12. "Slow" (with excerpts of "Free")
  13. "2 Hearts"
  14. "Sometime Samurai" (Video Interlude) (contains excerpts from "German Bold Italic")
  15. "Come into My World" (Fischerspooner Mix) (contains elements of "Finer Feelings" and "Dreams")
  16. "Nu-di-ty"
  17. "Sensitized"
  18. "Flower"
  19. "I Believe in You"
  20. "On a Night Like This"
  21. "Your Disco Needs You"
  22. "Kids"
  23. "Step Back in Time"
  24. "In My Arms"

Encore

  1. "No More Rain"
  2. "The One"
  3. "Love at First Sight" (Ruff and Jam U.S. Remix)
  4. "I Should Be So Lucky"
Additional Notes
  • The structure and set list of the show varied many times during the tours duration. This section aims to capture some of the differences.
  • At some dates, "Shocked" was performed as a dance interlude.
  • "The One" was sporadically performed in various arrangements throughout the tour.
  • An acoustic rendition of "All I See" was performed up until the 18 May show (with the exception of the 7 May show where it was absent). After this it was cut and then sporadically performed, it was included at the following dates: 23 June, 8 December, 14 December, 16 December and 19 December.
  • "Cosmic" was cut after the 12 May show.
  • "Your Disco Needs You" was added to the set order at the 10 May performance. It was then removed from the set after that and re-added at the 20 May show. It was removed once more on 20 June and then re-added permanently from the 22 June show.
  • Minogue performed "Confide in Me" impromptu during the "Encore" section at the 10 May show.
  • "I Should Be So Lucky" was added to the set order at the 17 May performance. It was removed from the set at the 6 November, 8 November and 17 December shows.
  • The set order in Zürich was altered to: "Xlectro Static", "Cheer Squad", "Starry Nights", "Beach Party", "Xposed", "Naughty Manga Girl" (with the video being the last performance in this act), "Black Versus White" and "Encore".
  • Starting during the South American leg, "Better the Devil You Know" was performed during the encore.
  • "No More Rain" was removed from the set in South America after the 1 November show for the remainder of that leg.
  • For the first two performances in South America only, Minogue performed "Somewhere" during the encore.
  • "Come Into My World" was performed impromptu during the "Encore" section in São Paulo.
  • Minogue performed a few lines from the controversial Juanes song, "La Camisa Negra", during her performance in Bogotá.
  • On 6 November, the "Encore" section was not performed. The "Starry Nights" and "Xposed" acts also swapped places in the set at this show.
  • "The Loco-Motion" was included during her performance in Santiago.
  • "Bésame Mucho" was performed with the band in Buenos Aires.
  • Minogue performed "I Believe in You" during the "Beach Party" act in Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore, Taipei and Auckland.
  • Minogue performed an excerpt of "Please Stay" in Beijing.
  • "Did It Again" and "The Loco-Motion" were performed impromptu following audience request on 17 December.
  • Minogue performed "Santa Baby" with the band and an excerpt of "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" on 22 December.

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
Europe[15]
6 May 2008 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy 17,008 / 17,008 $1,001,035
7 May 2008 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis 15,613 / 15,719 $996,383
9 May 2008 Stuttgart Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
10 May 2008 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
12 May 2008 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena 17,853 / 17,853 $877,906
14 May 2008 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
15 May 2008 Budapest Hungary László Papp Budapest Sports Arena
17 May 2008 Bucharest Romania Stadionul Cotroceni
18 May 2008 Sofia Bulgaria Lokomotiv Stadium
20 May 2008 Istanbul Turkey Turkcell Kuruçeşme Arena
22 May 2008 Athens Greece Terra Vibe Park
25 May 2008 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
27 May 2008 Cologne Germany Kölnarena
29 May 2008 Munich Olympiahalle
30 May 2008 Geneva Switzerland SEG Geneva Arena
1 June 2008 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier
3 June 2008 Madrid Spain Palacio de Deportes
5 June 2008 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal
7 June 2008 Hamburg Germany Color Line Arena
8 June 2008 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen
10 June 2008 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
11 June 2008 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena
13 June 2008 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
16 June 2008 Moscow Russia Olimpiyskiy 15,900 / 15,900 $904,472
18 June 2008 St. Petersburg Ice Palace
20 June 2008 Riga Latvia Arena Riga
22 June 2008 Berlin Germany Velodrom
23 June 2008 Rotterdam Netherlands Rotterdam Ahoy Sportpaleis
26 June 2008 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena 37,536 / 37,536 $3,549,422
27 June 2008
29 June 2008
30 June 2008
5 July 2008 Glasgow Scotland SECC Concert Hall 4 31,080 / 31,080 $2,980,262
6 July 2008
8 July 2008
9 July 2008
11 July 2008 Manchester England Manchester Evening News Arena 75,972 / 75,972 $7,268,153
12 July 2008
14 July 2008
15 July 2008
17 July 2008
18 July 2008
20 July 2008 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena 35,812 / 35,812 $3,116,320
21 July 2008
23 July 2008
24 July 2008
26 July 2008 London The O2 Arena 116,375 / 116,375 $9,881,561
27 July 2008
29 July 2008
30 July 2008
1 August 2008
2 August 2008
4 August 2008
South America[16][17][18][19]
1 November 2008 Bogotá Colombia Parque Jaime Duque 6,023 / 7,870 $416,544
4 November 2008 Caracas Venezuela Poliedro de Caracas 4,500 / 7,500 $814,912
6 November 2008 Lima Peru Explanada Del Monumental
8 November 2008 São Paulo Brazil Credicard Hall 5,082 / 6,938 $258,062
13 November 2008 Santiago Chile Pista Atlética del Estadio Nacional
15 November 2008 Buenos Aires Argentina Estadio G.E.B.A.
Asia[18][20][21][22][23][24][25]
21 November 2008 Dubai United Arab Emirates Dubai Festival City Concert Area
23 November 2008 Bangkok Thailand Impact Arena 11,250 / 12,900 $1,504,472
25 November 2008 Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium 7,259 / 10,599 $1,043,518
27 November 2008 Hong Kong AsiaWorld–Arena 8,798 / 10,598 $1,070,819
29 November 2008 Shanghai China Hongkou Stadium
1 December 2008 Beijing Beijing Workers' Gymnasium
4 December 2008 Taipei Taiwan Zhongshan Soccer Stadium
Australasia [26][27][28][29]
8 December 2008 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena 19,800 / 19,800 $1,187,399
9 December 2008
14 December 2008 Sydney Australia Acer Arena 51,462 / 51,462 $4,194,452
16 December 2008
17 December 2008
19 December 2008 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena 36,000 / 36,000[a] $2,639,839[a]
20 December 2008
22 December 2008
Total 502,073 / 514,022 (98%) $42,201,059

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Only 2 out of 3 Melbourne shows were estimated by Billboard Boxscore.

PersonnelEdit

Adapted from the KylieX2008 credits.[30]

Performers

  • Sarah deCourcy – keyboards
  • Matt Racher – drums
  • Jenni Tarma – bass
  • Adrian Eccleston – guitar
  • Barnaby Dickinson – brass
  • Graeme Blevins – brass
  • Graeme Flowers – brass
  • Dawn Joseph – backing vocals
  • Roxanne Wilde – backing vocals
  • Anoulka Yanminchev – dance captain
  • Jason Beitel – dancer
  • Hakim Ghorab – dancer
  • Marco Da Silva – dancer
  • Jessica DiDirolamo – dancer
  • Jamie Karitzis – dancer
  • Welly Locoh-Donou – dancer
  • Jerry Reeve – dancer
  • Tatiana Seguin – dancer
  • Nikki Trow – dancer
  • Terry Kvasnik – acrobat
  • Nicolas Bosc – acrobat
  • Vincent DePlanche – acrobat
  • Johan Guy – acrobat

Technical

  • Phil Murphy – technical manager, showcaller
  • Toby Plant – stage manager
  • Rodney Matheson – monitors
  • Audio Crew Chief: Al Woods – audio crew chief
  • Phil Down – audio technician
  • George Hogan – audio technician
  • Becky Pell – audio technician
  • Matt Harman-Trick – audio technician
  • Adam Birch – backline
  • Marcus Lindsay – backline
  • Nick Sizer – backline
  • Andrew Porter – lighting
  • John Sellors – lighting
  • Jim Mills – lighting
  • Hayden Corps – lighting
  • Victor Anderseen – lighting
  • Craig Lewis – lighting
  • Barry Bamford – lighting
  • Steve Belfield – lighting
  • Dave Rowe – rigger
  • Dave Brierley – rigger
  • Omar Franchi – rigger
  • Vinnie Rivenell – rigger
  • Steve Walsh – rigger
  • Ian Macdonald – motion control
  • Simon Wait – motion control
  • Chris Hansbury – motion control
  • John Richardson – motion control
  • Toby Pitts – carpentry
  • Andy Pearson – carpentry
  • Martyn Drew – carpentry
  • Jem Nicholson – carpentry
  • Pete Coryndon – carpentry
  • Lisa Williams – wardrobe
  • Naja Banz – wardrobe
  • Becky Belfield – wardrobe
  • Louise Martin – wardrobe
  • Madge Foster – hair and makeup
  • Gemma Flaherty – hair and makeup
  • Stuart Heaney – video
  • Andy Tonks – video
  • Patrick Vansteelant – video
  • Peter Laleman – video
  • Graham Holwill – cameras
  • Mark Cruickshank – cameras
  • Darren Montague – cameras
  • Gary Beirne – cameras
  • Luke Levitt – cameras
  • William Baker – creative director
  • Steve Anderson – music producer
  • Sarah deCourcy – musician director
  • Sean Fitzpatrick – tour manager
  • Kevin Hopgood – production manager
  • Chris Pyne – audio, FOH sound
  • Rod Matheson – audio
  • Blink TV – screen visuals production
  • Nick Whitehouse – lighting designer
  • Bryan Leitch – lighting designer
  • Nick Whitehouse – lighting director
  • Raury Macphie – tour video director
  • Michael Rooney – choreographer
  • Jean Paul Gaultier – costume design
  • Emma Roach – costume design
  • Steve Stewart – costume design
  • Gareth Pugh – costume design
  • LeAnne Buckham – personal assistant to Kylie Minogue
  • Michele Tankel – financial controller
  • Lynn Curtis – guest list and sponsorship
  • Juliette Baldrey – production coordinator
  • James Gentles – head of security
  • Jason Buckham – tour DJ

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Kylie announces her first North American tour". Minogue's Official Website. 6 May 2009. Archived from the original on 9 May 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
  3. ^ Schmidt, Veronica (28 November 2007). "Kylie Minogue announces European tour". Times Online. Retrieved 6 May 2008.
  4. ^ Minogue, Kylie (performer) (14 January 2008). Exclusive Kylie Minogue interview on Sunrise (Part 2/2). YouTube. Event occurs at 2:39. Retrieved 9 August 2008. I just want to have in my head more solidly what the tour will be and if I can manage what I have so far, I would love to come back here
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  8. ^ a b "Critics Wowed by X2008 London Shows!". Minogue's Official Website. 1 August 2008. Archived from the original on 22 August 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2008.
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  15. ^ European box scores:
    • Paris, Antwerp, Prague and Moscow: "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard. New York City. 5 July 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
    • Belfast: "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard. New York City. 12 July 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
    • Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and London: "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard. New York City. 27 September 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
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  18. ^ a b "KylieX2008 Live in Hong Kong!". Minogue's Official Website. Archived from the original on 10 October 2008. Retrieved 19 September 2008.
  19. ^ South American box scores:
    • Bogotá and Caracas: "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard. New York City. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
    • São Paulo: "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard. New York City. 17 January 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
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  24. ^ "TAPEI TO PLAY HOST TO KYLIEX2008!". Minogue's Official Website. Archived from the original on 11 October 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2008.
  25. ^ Asian box scores:
    • Singapore and Hong Kong: "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard. New York City. 20 June 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
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    • Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne: "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard. New York City. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
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