Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour

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Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour
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Tour by Kylie Minogue
Associated album Aphrodite
Start date 19 February 2011 (2011-02-19)
End date 14 July 2011 (2011-07-14)
Legs 5
Shows 36 in Europe
9 in Asia
17 in North America
10 in Australia
5 in Africa
77 Total
Box office US $60 million ($62.9 million in 2014 dollars)[1]
Kylie Minogue concert chronology
For You, for Me
(2009)
Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour
(2011)
Anti Tour
(2012)

Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour (also known as Aphrodite Live in America) was the eleventh concert tour by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue. The tour supported her eleventh studio album, Aphrodite (2010). The tour visited Europe, Asia, North America, Australia and Africa.[2][3][4] Minogue has stated the tour was highly technical (as far as staging) yet it remained somewhat intimate. Given the nature of the show, the tour was officially acknowledged by two names; Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour[5] (in Europe and Australia) and Aphrodite Live[6] (in Asia, North America and Africa). The tour ranked 6th in Pollstar's "Top 50 Worldwide Tour (Mid-Year)", earning over $52.1 million from 68 shows.[7] At the conclusion of 2011, the tour placed 21st on Billboard's annual, "Top 25 Tours", earning over $32.6 million with 41 shows.[8] The tour earned over $52.8 million from 72 shows, placing 21st on Pollstar's "Top 50 Worldwide Tours".[9] Overall, the tour grossed an estimated $60 million.

Background[edit]

Minogue emerging as "Aphrodite" at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

During an interview in June 2010, Minogue was asked if she was going to tour with her latest album. She responded, "Oh yeah! [...] Yes, I have show concepts in mind but I can't tell you yet, because it really is in its infancy [...] But come on, with the name Aphrodite as the launch pad, we're going to have a lot to play with! [...] I would like the tour to be like, you're on that sea... and there are the rushes and the dips, and you're just feeling the love. The vibe that I've put out there with 'All the Lovers', and that I'm getting back, is 'feel love, share love'. That's what I want the show to be."[10] During a gay pride festival in Hamburg, Germany, an advertisement was displayed showing Minogue touring in Hamburg, Mannheim, Berlin, Munich and Oberhausen. During a promotional appearance in Germany to promote her album, Minogue expressed it will be a world tour stating she would like to return to tour the Americas and possibly perform a show in Ibiza. The tour was officially announced via Minogue's website on 6 September 2010. By way of introduction, Minogue stated,

"The reaction to 'Aphrodite' has been absolutely incredible and has inspired me and my creative team to develop a new show that will take all of us on a euphoric journey of joy, excitement and glamour. I can't wait to get on the road and see all my fans in 2011."[3]

Minogue later confirmed she would return to the United States to tour. This became the third time the singer has performed stateside since her breakthrough in 2002. She described her previous feat as one of her best decisions in her career.[11] She further commented, "The last couple of years I've really made the effort to visit a lot of places I'd never toured in before and that was so rewarding, fulfilling and inspiring. I'm a glutton for punishment so I want to do it again and I want to take it even further."[12]

At the beginning of the new year, Minogue stated that the tour would be her biggest to date. The stage is proclaimed to be the most extravagant staging built for any concert tour with several movable parts, seven lifts and nearly 600 light sources. It will also feature water jets created by The Fountain People, known for their work with the Disneyland Resort World of Color. The show will be a homage to Greek mythology and culture, with an aerial act inspired by the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.[13] The entire production is valued at over $25 million, and will see Minogue joined on stage by a cast of dancers and aerial performers along with her live band. The show will be moved throughout Europe by a crew of over 100 personnel in a fleet of 25 trucks.[14]

While promoting the tour, Minogue stated the main inspiration of the tour's name was inspired by the MGM film, Ziegfeld Follies. She further commented, "Ziegfeld Folies - I've been crazy about that movie and that period in music dance and film. My show has a bit of that so it became 'Aphrodite Les Folies'."[15] The arena show will feature an elaborate production featuring a water element. As the production moves to Asia and North America, Minogue will play smaller venues, giving the singer a chance to provide an intimate show for these territories. Here the show is known as 'Aphrodite Live 2011'.

Minogue performing "Slow" at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy

Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (Dolce & Gabbana) spoke of working with Minogue for the costumes of the tour. They stated, "Kylie has always been our Piccola Principessa [Little Princess], not just because of our work together but more so because of our friendship! Working with Kylie has always been very spontaneous and easy. We are given free reign [sic] to create because she trusts that we know exactly what she likes. This will be our third tour with Kylie and this time we have revisited iconic Dolce & Gabbana pieces, adapting them to different themes of the tour. This show definitely cannot be missed!"[16]

In January 2011, Minogue expanded the UK leg of her tour from four to fourteen shows. Further dates were added in Japan (Kylie's first dates there since her Rhythm Of Love Tour some 20 years earlier) and the United States. Minogue remarked, "Rehearsals are well underway and the show is shaping up to be more than I could have wished for. All departments are doing a stellar job and the combined level of expertise is nothing short of mind blowing. My friends, Dolce & Gabbana have designed an amazing wardrobe for me. I'm overwhelmed with the love and talent that is going into this tour and I can't wait for my fans to be part of it."[17]

Furthermore, it was announced the Harmonix game Dance Central would be the official sponsors of the European leg of the tour. According to the press release, booths will be staged in the lobby areas of the arenas giving spectators the opportunity to play the game to Minogue's dance hit "Can't Get You Out of My Head". Additionally, a crew has been assigned to record the audience, as well as, backstage footage for Minogue's official Facebook page.[18]

The tour premiered in Herning, Denmark at the Jyske Bank Boxen to a full house of nearly 12,000 spectators. Minogue posted a video on her official YouTube account thanking the crew for the hard work and dedication during rehearsals along with expressing her excitement for the opening night after "nearly a year of planning".[19] Later, a video was posted showing interviews with the audience as well as the performances of "Aphrodite", "Slow", "Can't Get You Out of My Head", "Better the Devil You Know" and "All the Lovers".[20] Minogue provided various tour updates via her official Twitter account, announcing winners of a "best dressed" contest at every venue.

Critical response[edit]

The tour received rave reviews from entertainment critics. Ed Power from The Daily Telegraph gave the concert a four star rating stating that "Kylie Minogue takes retro chic to dizzying extremes on her new tour. Channelling a hitherto unhinted at passion for Ancient Greece and Rome". Power said that "Through a stunning series of set-pieces Kylie proved herself a peerless conjurer of pop spectacle and demonstrated that, when it comes to the classier brand of arena kitsch, she, not Lady Gaga, remains supreme authority."[21] Elisa Bray from The Independent gave the concert four stars (out of five) and said that "Minogue's authenticity and down-to-earth persona has always made her the most likeable pop diva. From her earliest fame days as Charlene in Australian soap Neighbours, girly though she remains, Kylie has made the successful transition to show-woman."[22] Ian Gittins from The Guardian commented that "there is no denying the scale of the production. From the moment Minogue rises from the stage reclining in a golden conch shell in a tableau based on Botticelli's Birth of Venus, it's evident that understatement is not on the menu tonight." He praised her live vocals, describing Minogue's voice as "oddly endearing" and concluded by saying that "it is unfortunate that mainstream America has never taken Minogue to its heart. On this flamboyant evidence, nobody is more ready for a Las Vegas residency."

James Reed from The Boston Globe gave the Aphrodite Live 2011 concert a favourable review by saying that "all eyes were on Minogue, 42, and she was in regal form as both entertainer and singer."[23] Jason Lipshutz from Billboard gave the concert a positive review saying that "Minogue is still an under-appreciated musical force, and one that should not be missed on an all-too-rare U.S. trek."[24] Santiago Felipe from The Village Voice said that "at the center of it all was Kylie, who was by turns bashful and jokingly chiding and absolutely in command, changing dresses as quickly as some people change their mind, flirting with the audience through performances [...] She might be a bit of a cult popstar in the U.S., but she radiated at maximum wattage throughout the evening".[25]

Opening acts[edit]

Concert synopsis[edit]

Aphrodite: Les Folies was split 7 sections and encore. The tour included 7 costume changes and 27 songs / interludes. The set was very grand, a heart shaped stage with a big projection screen at the back, three lifts, a cake lift and a B-stage. The show begins with an instrumental entitled The Birth of Aphrodite. This is a section where two male dancers 'awaken' the other male dancers whilst the female dancers remain where they stand. The backing vocalists enter the stage singing the chorus of Aphrodite. The male dancers then climb the stairs at the back of the set, as Minogue states the place at where she's performing followed by asking of they're ready for their Aphrodite. She then enters the stage via a lift standing on a golden shell, wearing a white dress with a headdress and bodice. She sings the song Aphrodite and moves to center stage. As she finishes with the 'Oh!', the music changes to a soft piano ascend and descend. During this 8-bar period, the males dancers exit the stage, the female dancers move to center stage and two harps move onto the stage via lifts with a dancer on the front of each. The One then plays and Minogue asks how the audience are feeling. In this performance, the original and the Freemasons version are mixed together. Minogue then goes back to the back of the set and ends the song. The Death Metal Disco Scene mix of Wow begins and the male dancers re-enter the stage with a shield and golden armour. The original version of Wow then plays. Kylie leaves the stage early to allow time to change saying All yours girls.

The second section begins with another instrumental with a feel of a desert. It sees the female dancers dancing around the main stage. Illusion then plays and Minogue ascends the lift seated on a big golden Pegasus. After the bridge of the song, Minogue and the dancers break into a dance, where they descend to the main stage and the tempo of the music increases rapidly. The song then continues and Minogue moves to a podium of the right of the stage. She then lies down as the song ends. As the crowd cheer, I Believe in You plays. The male dancers then enter the stage dressed to resemble horses paired with a golden chariot. Minogue then boards it and gets pulled around the set over the course of the song.

Act 3 begins with an instrumental and video introduction that uses parts and phrases of Cupid Boy. The male dancers then re-enter the stage wearing black briefs and matador hats. Cupid Boy then plays and Minogue ascends the lift in a black crinoline and top hat. She finishes Cupid Boy, reaching up to the projection screen where a man is shown. A new version of Spinning Around begins where Minogue tells the male dancers to "Shoo!" and that she "needs time with the girls". The female dancers and backing vocalists enter the stage and they go on to perform the rest of the song. This immediately leads into Get Outta My Way. The male dancers re-renteron the side lifts seated on chairs. After this performance, the dancers exit through the side lifts and Minogue and the backing vocalists move to the B-stage to sing What Do I Have to Do. Minogue then leaves the stage early and the backing vocalists leave via the big lift.

Act 4 begins with the notes of Everything is Beautiful playing. The female dancers enter in exuberant outfits before Minogue enters in front of a stone head. She moves centre stage and dances with Jason Beitel. The female dancers then lie on the surrounding silver stage and the lights go down. When the music begins, it has a jazzy feel. The silver staging is rising and spinning. On the dates where the space were limited, Kylie and the dancers remained on the middle set of stairs with different choreography. The female dancers have feathers and use them to dance. The song is Slow. When it reaches the bridge, it picks up tempo and changes to the Chemical Brothers version, as the set returns to normal. Minogue then climbs the stairs and says Slow and the lights go out.

Kylie performing on the tour.

Act 5 begins with an excerpt of the Big Brothers Mix of Confide in Me. This is where the male dancers are dancing round the main stage. After about 2 minutes, a new, up-beat version of Confide in Me begins where Kylie comes out from the side of the stage, wearing a big open holographic dress (see picture) and a pair of silver Louboutins. After this, the lits dim and she goes onto sing a rock version of her worldwide hit single Can't Get You Out Of My Head, thought to be inspired by Janet Jackson's "Black Cat."[37] The act ends with a rock-oriented version of In My Arms. It finishes with Minogue and the dancers descending the lifts on either side of the stage.

The start of Act 6 sees smoke covering the stage and the dancers coming on looking slightly dazed and in awe of the surroundings, all dressed in white. Minogue then enters the stage on the back lift dressed in a gold mini dress and the same shoes she opened the show with, singing Looking For an Angel. At the end of the bridge one of the dancers emerges from the back of the set clipped to a harness with big angel wings. Minogue then goes to him and is covered by the dancers whilst she clips herself on. The dancers then move and Minogue begins Closer, flying to the B-stage on top of the angel. The tempo then slows and There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart) begins. The angel then leaves and the rest of the dancers fill the walkway with Kylie at the B-stage with the backup singers. She then begins a mashup of Love at First Sight and Can't Beat the Feeling. Which takes her to the back of the set where a small staircase is where she sits to sing If You Don't Love Me. The lift descends and the next act begins.

Act 7 begins with a fanfare-type introduction where the dancers jump and dance around the stage. This then leads into a salsa-type Better the Devil You Know. The stage crew then descend to B-stage where Minogue thanks the crew and talks to the audience. She then goes onto sing Better than Today. At this point, Minogue took requests from the audience. The most requested songs were In Your Eyes, Come into My World, I Should Be So Lucky, The Locomotion, Hand on Your Heart, Breathe and Your Disco Needs You. To close the act she sings Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love), where she descends the back lift.

The encore begins with an instrumental interlude dubbed "Million Dollar Mermaid". It shows screen visuals of a group of woman performing a synchronised swim. Minogue then appears on the back lift with a beaded dress, a cloak and a cap. She sings a new version of On a Night Like This that has a dubstep-type interlude. Then all the dancers enter and Minogue finishes the show with All the Lovers. When the heart-shaped stage is used, Minogue and the dancers use a cake lift at the end of the B-Stage, otherwise, it was on a podium on the back lift.

Setlist[edit]

  1. "Aphrodite"
  2. "The One"
  3. "Wow" (contains elements of the "Death Metal Disco Scene Mix")
  4. "Illusion"
  5. "I Believe in You"
  6. "Cupid Boy"
  7. "Spinning Around"
  8. "Get Outta My Way"
  9. "What Do I Have to Do" (contains elements of the "Movers & Shakers Mix")
  10. "Everything Is Beautiful"
  11. "Slow" (containing elements of the "Chemical Brothers Mix")
  12. "Can't Get You Out of My Head" (contains elements of the "Soulwax KYLUSS Remix" and "Uprising")
  13. "In My Arms"
  14. "Looking for an Angel"
  15. "Closer"
  16. "There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)"
  17. "Love at First Sight"/"Can't Beat The Feeling"
  18. "If You Don't Love Me"
  19. "Better the Devil You Know" (contains elements of "Fanfarra (Despedida)")
  20. "Better than Today"
  21. "Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)"
  22. "On a Night Like This" (contains elements of "Heaven")
  23. "All the Lovers"

Source:[38][39][40]

Notes

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe[2][3][13][44]
19 February 2011 Herning Denmark Jyske Bank Boxen
22 February 2011 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
23 February 2011 Tallinn Estonia Saku Suurhall Arena
25 February 2011 Riga Latvia Arena Riga
26 February 2011 Vilnius Lithuania Siemens Arena
28 February 2011 Hamburg Germany O2 Hamburg
1 March 2011 Berlin O2 World
2 March 2011 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena
4 March 2011 Leipzig Germany Arena Leipzig
5 March 2011 Munich Olympiahalle
6 March 2011 Mannheim SAP Arena
8 March 2011 Milan Italy Mediolanum Forum
9 March 2011 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
11 March 2011 Toulouse France Zénith de Toulouse
12 March 2011 Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi
14 March 2011 Metz France Galaxie Amnéville
15 March 2011 Paris Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
17 March 2011 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
18 March 2011 Oberhausen Germany König Pilsener Arena
19 March 2011 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
22 March 2011 Dublin Ireland The O2
23 March 2011
25 March 2011 Cardiff United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
26 March 2011
28 March 2011 Glasgow Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
29 March 2011
30 March 2011
1 April 2011 Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena
2 April 2011
4 April 2011
5 April 2011
7 April 2011 London The O2 Arena
8 April 2011
9 April 2011
11 April 2011
12 April 2011
Asia[13][45]
23 April 2011 Chiba Japan Makuhari Event Hall
24 April 2011
25 April 2011 Osaka Osaka-jō Hall
North America[13][46]
28 April 2011 Montreal Canada Bell Centre
29 April 2011 Boston United States Agganis Arena
30 April 2011 Fairfax Patriot Center
2 May 2011 New York City Hammerstein Ballroom
3 May 2011
4 May 2011
6 May 2011 Atlanta Fox Theatre
7 May 2011 Sunrise BankAtlantic Center
8 May 2011 Orlando Hard Rock Live
10 May 2011 Houston Verizon Wireless Theater
12 May 2011 Mexico City Mexico Palacio de los Deportes
14 May 2011 Guadalajara Auditorio Telmex
16 May 2011 Monterrey Arena Monterrey
18 May 2011 Grand Prairie United States Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
20 May 2011 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl
21 May 2011 San Francisco Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
22 May 2011 Las Vegas The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Australia[47]
3 June 2011 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
4 June 2011
7 June 2011 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
8 June 2011
11 June 2011
14 June 2011 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
15 June 2011
16 June 2011
18 June 2011 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
22 June 2011 Perth Burswood Dome
Asia[48][49]
25 June 2011 Bangkok Thailand Impact Arena
27 June 2011 Bogor Indonesia SICC Auditorium
29 June 2011 Singapore Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
1 July 2011 Wan Chai Hong Kong HKCEC Hall 5BC
3 July 2011 Taipei Taiwan TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall
5 July 2011 Quezon City Philippines Araneta Coliseum
Africa[50]
8 July 2011 Johannesburg South Africa Sun City Super Bowl
9 July 2011
10 July 2011
13 July 2011 Cape Town Grand Arena at Grand West Casino
14 July 2011
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
14 March 2011 Nantes, France Zénith de Nantes Métropole This concert was moved to Galaxie Amnéville in Metz, France[51]
17 March 2011 Arnhem, Netherlands GelreDome XS This concert was moved to the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands[52]

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
O2 World Hamburg Hamburg 6,786 / 10,249 (66%) $448,384[53]
O2 World Berlin 7,771 / 12,204 (63%) $571,139[54]
Sportpaleis Antwerp 12,153 / 14,511 (84%) $756,761[55]
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff Cardiff 8,420 / 8,800 (96%) $771,549[55]
Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre Glasgow 18,500 / 20,250 (92%) $1,882,260[55]
Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester 44,578 / 45,000 (99%) $4,449,280[56]
The O2 Arena London 70,100 / 70,500 (99%) $6,754,860[56]
Bell Centre Montreal 4,891 / 6,114 (80%) $456,262[57]
Agganis Arena Boston 2,694 / 3,749 (72%) $253,987[58]
Patriot Center Fairfax 3,246 / 4,821 (67%) $307,722[59]
Hammerstein Ballroom New York City 7,451 / 9,120 (82%) $721,161[59]
Fox Theatre Atlanta 2,838 / 4,515 (63%) $248,686[57]
BankAtlantic Center Sunrise 4,000 / 4,441 (90%) $253,756[56]
Hard Rock Live Orlando 2,011 / 2,723 (74%) $155,555[59]
Verizon Wireless Theater Houston 1,831 / 3,202 (57%) $156,915[59]
Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie Grand Prairie 2,239 / 2,989 (75%) $218,105[59]
Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles 9,052 / 9,986 (91%) $809,146[59]
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Francisco 5,670 / 6,074 (93%) $482,455[59]
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas 4,062 / 4,062 (100%) $445,612[60]
Brisbane Entertainment Centre Brisbane 15,540 / 22,686 (68%) $2,442,780[59]
Sydney Entertainment Centre Sydney 26,689 / 30,000 (89%) $3,730,000[58]
Rod Laver Arena Melbourne 25,598 / 27,600 (93%) $3,510,740[61]
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Adelaide 8,537 / 8,537 (100%) $1,124,185[61]
Burswood Dome Perth 12,626 / 15,000 (84%) $1,608,139[61]
TOTAL 307,144 / 347,133 (88.48%) $32,559,439

Broadcasts and recordings[edit]

Aphrodite Les Folies: Live in London
Video by Kylie Minogue
Released 19 June 2011
Recorded 11–12 April 2011 (The O2 London, England)
Genre Pop
Length 120 min (Film version)
90 min (TV version)
Director William Baker
Marcus Viner[62]
Producer Kylie Minogue
William Baker
Kylie Minogue chronology
KylieX2008
(2008)
Aphrodite: Les Folies
(2011)

Aphrodite Les Folies: Live in London is a concert film of its corresponding tour. The show was filmed in 3D over two nights at London's The O2 Arena and directed by William Baker. A 2-CD LP was released with the film. It aired on Sky 3D as well as in cinemas in the United Kingdom and Ireland on 19 June 2011.[63] It has since been shown in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil and Poland in August 2011. Then in Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Croatia, El Salvador, The Netherlands, Peru, South Africa, Serbia, Bulgaria and Indonesia in September 2011. It was also shown in Belgium and Argentina in October 2011, and debuted in the United States on Palladia in December 2011. A CD/DVD/Blu-ray was released on 28 November 2011.[64] The film was released in three formats. Firstly, as a DVD with bonus two-disc audio recording of the concert. Secondly, as a limited edition box set with a DVD, two-disc audio recording and booklet. Lastly, there was also a Blu-ray release which includes a 2D and 3D recording of the show. All three packages also include the behind-the-scenes tour documentary, Just Add Water.[65]

Critical response[edit]

So far the live album and DVD has been met with positive response from critics. Contact Music gave it a positive review, while the UK's The Independent gave the bundle a total of 4/5.

Tracklist[edit]

Charts[edit]

DVD Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian DVD Chart[66] 3
Belgian Vlandern Top 10 DVD Chart[67] 8
Belgian Wallonia Top 10 DVD Chart[68] 8
Czech Music DVD Chart[69] 7
Dutch Music DVD Chart[70] 16
French Albums Chart[71] 25
Swedish Music Video Chart[72] 19
Albums Chart (2011) Peak
position
French Albums Chart[71] 94
German Albums Chart[73] 48
Mexican Albums Chart[74] 46
Spanish Albums Chart[75] 46
UK Albums Chart[76] 72

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