Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour
Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour was the eighth concert tour by Australian singer Kylie Minogue, in support of her second major greatest hits compilation, Ultimate Kylie (2004). The tour began on 19 March 2005 in Glasgow, Scotland at SECC Concert Hall 4 and concluded on 7 May 2005 in London, England at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, consisting of 37 shows in Europe.
|Tour by Kylie Minogue|
Promotional poster for tour
|Associated album||Ultimate Kylie|
|Start date||19 March 2005|
|End date||7 May 2005|
|No. of shows||37 in Europe|
|Box office||US$19.97 million|
|Kylie Minogue concert chronology|
Eighteen dates in Australia and three dates in Asia originally scheduled for the tour, as well as a headlining slot at the 2005 Glastonbury Festival, but were postponed due to Minogue being diagnosed with breast cancer. The tour resumed on 11 November 2006, renamed Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour, with a revised set list and new costumes.
Performances in the United Kingdom grossed nearly $20 million and, at the conclusion of 2005, the tour placed 46th on Pollstar's 2005 "Top 100 Worldwide Tours". The tour sold 339,105 tickets throughout the year.
On 24 October 2004, it was announced that Minogue would go on tour to promote her compilation album Ultimate Kylie. Minogue described the tour as "a celebration of pop songs and my career, but also a long-term relationship with my audience".
The tour was set to visit both Australia and Asia in May and June 2005, with a further 35 shows scheduled for performance; once the European leg had finished, Minogue made the journey to Australia where she was diagnosed with breast cancer just two days before the first show; henceforth, the shows were cancelled. The shows in Australia were rescheduled for November in the following year under the new title of "Homecoming" and the Asian dates never came to fruition.
Minogue was also scheduled to be the first female to headline Glastonbury Festival since 1999 in June 2005 but was subsequently forced to withdraw; her slot was filled by Basement Jaxx, who performed "Can't Get You Out of My Head" in honour of Minogue.
There were originally plans to record the show on Minogue's birthday at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena but plans had to be cancelled after her breast cancer diagnosis. The show was later released on DVD by using a recording at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre that was meant to be used for UK TV broadcast only.
The show was split into seven acts, being them Showgirl, Smiley Kylie, Denial, What Kylie Wants, Kylie Gets, Dreams, Kyliesque, Minx in Space, with the addition of an encore. The show opens with an instrumental introduction that features writing on the video screen introducing Minogue. She then rises out of the stage on a platform dressed in a blue showgirl outfit. She begins singing "Better the Devil You Know", which is quickly followed by performances of "In Your Eyes" and "Giving You Up". Minogue then performs "On a Night Like This", which begins in the style of a ballad, before resuming with the original after the first chorus. The ending is in the same style as the beginning of the song, where Minogue is taken below the stage, closing the section. The second section begins with a dance interlude, that uses excerpts of "Shocked" and "Do You Dare?", before Minogue rises out of the centre of the stage as the DNA intro of "Shocked" is heard. She sings up to the middle eight, before a short segue is played using excerpts of "It's No Secret", "Keep on Pumpin' It", "Give Me Just a Little More Time" and "What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)", which leads into a two-verse-two-chorus performance of "What Do I Have to Do", which is succeeded by another segue using an excerpt of "Over Dreaming (Over You)" and then a performance of "Spinning Around" (sampling the instrumentation of "Finally"), which is followed by a dance interlude after the middle eight using excerpts of "Step Back in Time" and "Such a Good Feeling". The third section begins with a performance of "In Denial", a virtual duet with Neil Tennant. This is followed by a performance of "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi", before Minogue closes the act with a performance of "Confide in Me".
The fourth act begins with a spraying sound effect during which fake showers and gym equipment rises onto the stage, before Minogue appears on a box singing "Red Blooded Woman" which features a chorus of "Where the Wild Roses Grow" before the middle eight. Minogue then performs "Slow" which is followed by a small flamenco interlude which precedes a performance of "Please Stay". The fifth section begins with a cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" where Minogue rises from behind the stage on a sequined moon. This is then followed by a torch version of "Come into My World". Minogue then performs "Chocolate" on the stage, which morphs at the end of the catwalk to form a "cake", from which Minogue performs "I Believe in You". The act closes with a performance of "Dreams". The sixth section opens with a performance of "Hand on Your Heart", where Minogue emerges on stage in front of a big heart. She then goes on to perform a jazz version of "The Locomotion" which is followed by a performance of "I Should Be So Lucky". Minogue then closes the act with a performance of "Your Disco Needs You". The penultimate section opens with a performance version of "Put Yourself in My Place", and a performance of "Can't Get You Out of My Head" closes the main body of the show. Minogue then performed a two-song encore, talking to the audience before performing a sing-a-long version of "Especially for You", with the audience invited to sing Jason Donovan's part. Minogue then closed the show with a performance of "Love at First Sight", with a video montage of her career shown on the video screens behind her.
Act 1: Showgirl
Act 2: Smiley Kylie
- "Shocked" (contains excerpts from "Do You Dare?", "It's No Secret", "Give Me Just A Little More Time", "Keep on Pumpin' It" and "What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)")
- "What Do I Have to Do" (contains excerpt from "I'm Over Dreaming (Over You)")
- "Spinning Around" (contains excerpts from "Step Back in Time" along with elements of "Finally" and "Such a Good Feeling")
Act 3: Denial
Act 4: What Kylie Wants, Kylie Gets
Act 5: Dreams
Act 6: Kyliesque
Act 7: Minx in Space
|19 March 2005||Glasgow||Scotland||SECC Concert Hall 4||43,100 / 43,100||$3,040,468|
|20 March 2005|
|22 March 2005|
|23 March 2005|
|24 March 2005|
|26 March 2005||Paris||France||Zénith de Paris||—||—|
|27 March 2005||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Rotterdam Ahoy Sportpaleis||—||—|
|28 March 2005||Antwerp||Belgium||Sportpaleis||—||—|
|30 March 2005||Vienna||Austria||Wiener Stadthalle||—||—|
|31 March 2005||Munich||Germany||Olympiahalle||—||—|
|1 April 2005||Basel||Switzerland||St. Jakobshalle||—||—|
|3 April 2005||Aalborg||Denmark||Gigantium||—||—|
|4 April 2005||Hamburg||Germany||Color Line Arena||—||—|
|5 April 2005||Cologne||Kölnarena||—||—|
|7 April 2005||Dublin||Ireland||Point Theatre||—||—|
|8 April 2005|
|9 April 2005|
|11 April 2005|
|12 April 2005|
|15 April 2005||Birmingham||England||NEC Arena||65,976 / 65,976||$4,572,554|
|16 April 2005|
|17 April 2005|
|19 April 2005|
|20 April 2005|
|21 April 2005|
|23 April 2005||Manchester||Manchester Evening News Arena||74,060 / 74,060||$5,234,740|
|24 April 2005|
|26 April 2005|
|27 April 2005|
|28 April 2005|
|30 April 2005||London||Earls Court Exhibition Centre||105,840 / 105,840||$7,125,132|
|1 May 2005|
|2 May 2005|
|4 May 2005|
|5 May 2005|
|6 May 2005|
|7 May 2005|
|TOTAL||288,976 / 288,976 (100%)||$19,972,894|
|20 May 2005||Sydney||Australia||Sydney Super Dome||Cancelled due to cancer diagnosis|
|21 May 2005|
|23 May 2005||Melbourne||Rod Laver Arena|
|24 May 2005|
|25 May 2005|
|27 May 2005|
|28 May 2005|
|31 May 2005||Sydney||Sydney Entertainment Centre|
|1 June 2005|
|2 June 2005|
|4 June 2005||Brisbane||Brisbane Entertainment Centre|
|5 June 2005|
|6 June 2005|
|8 June 2005||Adelaide||Adelaide Entertainment Centre|
|9 June 2005|
|12 June 2005||Perth||Burswood Dome|
|13 June 2005|
|14 June 2005|
|17 June 2005||Singapore||Singapore Indoor Stadium|
|20 June 2005||Bangkok||Thailand||IMPACT Arena|
|23 June 2005||Hong Kong||HKCEC Hall 3|
|26 June 2005||Pilton||England||Glastonbury Festival|
Broadcasts and recordingsEdit
Minogue performance in London, England on 6 May 2005 was filmed for TV broadcast and DVD release. The performance was released on DVD and Universal Media Disc on 28 November 2005. The DVD also featured "Behind the Feathers", a documentary, screensavers and exclusive photographs.
The DVD reached number twenty-six on Australia's End of the Year Music DVD Chart in 2005. It was certified platinum in the UK in 2005 and four times platinum in Australia in 2006. Kylie Showgirl was nominated for "Best Music DVD" at the 2006 ARIA Music Awards, losing to Eskimo Joe.
- Russel Thomas – director
- Bill Lord – executive producer
- Kylie Minogue – executive producer
- Terry Blamey – executive producer
- William Baker – creative director
- Alan MacDonald – creative director
- Steve Anderson – musical producer
- Sean Fitzpatrick – tour manager
- Michael Rooney – choreography
- Rafael Bonachela – choreography
- John Galliano – costume design
- Karl Lagerfeld – costume design
- Julien Macdonald – costume design
- Ed Meadham – costume design
- Gareth Pugh – costume design
- Manolo Blahnik – shoes
- Bvlgari – jewelry
- Stephen Jones – millinery
- Karen Alder – hair stylist
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