|Tour by Kylie Minogue|
|Start date||6 May 2008|
|End date||6 August 2009|
|Shows||58 in Europe
6 in South America
7 in Asia
8 in Oceania
1 in Africa
80 in Total
|Box office||US $96 million ($105.53 million in 2015 dollars)|
|Kylie Minogue concert chronology|
X Tour (also known as X 2008 or X 2009) was the tenth concert tour by Australian singer-songwriter Kylie Minogue, in support of her tenth studio album, X (2007). Originally announced as just a European tour, rumors of Minogue taking the tour to Australia, Asia, and America had surfaced in the international media. At the conclusion of the European leg, Minogue announced that the tour would continue onto South America, Asia and Australasia. The tour continued in 2009, as Minogue performed at festivals and other music events. With the announcement of the 2009 North American Tour, Minogue's official website stated that the tour grossed more than US$96 million from 74 shows in ticket sales in 2008.
About the tour
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:
|“||I am putting together a show that is going to be a new and exciting experience for both the audience and myself. The eclectic mix of sounds on X is affording me an opportunity to explore and develop a new live show that will be fresh, exhilarating and innovative. After two celebratory tours, X will be a look to the future but will definitely include favourites alongside the new. I can't wait to share it with you next year.||”|
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]". It was later revealed that Minogoue would bring a limited numbers 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".
About the show
As with the X album, the tour rippled the "new wave" theme, made popular in the '80s. The show was divided into seven acts with the addition of an encore and interlude. Throughout the course of the tour, the show evolved, with numerous changes to the running order, costumes, set list and even Kylie's hairstyle.
The set 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 gigantic moving video curtains as the backdrop. For performances in amphitheaters, open air and small arenas the illuminated floor and the lavish props, such as the giant skull and purple hoop, 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 alluded 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."
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 massive video curtains slide open to reveal Minogue perched in a giant hoop dressed in a 'spiderwoman' gown (the dress, however, was changed as the tour reached South America). On technically limited shows, the giant stereo speakers (and other related props) moved rapidly to reveal Minogue. She performed her worldwide hit "Can't Get You Out of My Head" as well as "In Your Eyes" and an unreleased track entitled "Ruffle My Feathers".
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 performed "Heart Beat Rock", "Wow" and "Shocked", the latter being reduced to a dance interlude on some dates. Kylie has cited this act as her personal favourite on the concert.
The third act Beach Party begins with "Loveboat" and goes on 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, was also performed, having been dropped since then. Kylie closed the act with the celebratory "Spinning Around".
For the fourth act X-posed, 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, being then 'replaced' by a screen CG reproduction on the concerts it could not be featured due to stage limitations (this additional projection, however, 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 the rare single "Sometime Samurai", was completely cut from the technically limited concerts.
The show takes a sombre tone as it progresses into its sixth act Starry NIghts, with Minogue appearing in a blue satin gown and premiering another new song, the power ballad "Flower" together with a ballad version of "I Believe in You". She was described as a blue train by newspapers. 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 19th-century coachman, 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. "Love at First Sight" was performed during this act on initial dates, being later reallocated to the encore section.
Minogue re-emerged on stage in a Cher-esque evening suit performing "No More Rain". 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". For the first two performances in South America, Minogue performed "Somewhere", a song from the critically acclaimed musical West Side Story, and "Better the Devil You Know" dressed on a green feather dress, before the regular encore. Later, the new costume was dropped and "Better the Devil You Know" was placed in the encore.
- "Your Disco Needs You" was added to the set order at the 10 May performance in Frankfurt. Minogue also performed "Confide in Me" a cappella during the "Encore" section.
- "I Should Be So Lucky" was added to the set order at the 17 May performance in Bucharest.
- The set order in Zurich 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".
- "All I See" was performed impromptu/acoustically as the final song of the encore on 23 June in Rotterdam.
- "The One" was performed impromptu/acoustically during the "Encore" section in Oslo and Stockholm. The album version was performed on 27 June while the Freemasons Remix was performed on 29 June and in São Paulo and Santiago. In Buenos Aires, the remixed version followed an acoustic intro.
- "Come Into My World" was performed as an impromptu a cappella during the "Encore" section in São Paulo.
- Minogue performed a few lines from Juanes' controversial song, "La Camisa Negra", during her performance in Bogota.
- The "Encore" section was not performed by Minogue on 6 November in Peru.
- "The Loco-Motion" was included during her performance in Santiago and Auckland.
- "Bésame Mucho" was fully performed, with the band, in Buenos Aires.
- Minogue performed "I Believe in You (Ballad Version)" during the "Beach Party" act in Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore, Taipei and Auckland.
- Minogue performed an excerpt of "Please Stay" in Beijing.
- Minogue performed "Better the Devil You Know" at all shows in Sydney and in Auckland. Additionally, Kylie sang "All I See" and "The One" at the 14 and 16 December shows. "Did It Again" and "The Loco-Motion" were performed, impromptu, a cappella during the "Encore" section on 17 December.
- Minogue performed "The Loco-Motion" and an excerpt of Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" in Melbourne, on 20 December.
- Minogue performed "Santa Baby" with the band and an excerpt of Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" in Melbourne, on 22 December.
- Minogue performed "Como un Lobo" with Miguel Bosé at the MTV Day in Madrid on 2 July 2009.
Box office score data
|Venue||City||Tickets Sold / Available||Gross Revenue|
|Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy||Paris||17,008 / 17,008 (100%)||$1,001,035|
|Sportpaleis||Antwerp||15,613 / 15,719 (99%)||$996,383 |
|O2 Arena||Prague||17,853 / 17,853 (100%)||$877, 906|
|Olimpiyskiy||Moscow||15,900 / 15,900 (100%)||$904,472|
|Odyssey Arena||Belfast||37,536 / 37,536 (100%)||$3,549,422 |
|Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre||Glasgow||31,080 / 31,080 (100%)||$2,980,262 |
|Manchester Evening News Arena||Manchester||75,972 / 75,972 (100%)||$7,268,153 |
|Metro Radio Arena||Newcastle||35,812 / 35,812 (100%)||$3,116,320 |
|The O2 Arena [a]||London||116,375 / 116,375 (100%)||$9,881,561 |
|Parque Jaime Duque||Bogotá||6,023 / 7,870 (77%)||$416,544 |
|Poliedro de Caracas||Caracas||4,500 / 7,500 (60%)||$814,912 |
|Credicard Hall||São Paulo||5,082 / 6,938 (73%)||$258,062 |
|Singapore Indoor Stadium||Kallang||7,259 / 10,599 (68%)||$1,043,518 |
|AsiaWorld Arena||Hong Kong||8,798 / 10,598 (83%)||$1,070,819 |
|Vector Arena||Auckland||19,800 / 19,800 (100%)||$1,187,399 |
|Acer Arena||Sydney||51,462 / 51,462 (100%)||$4,194,452|
|Rod Laver Arena[b]||Melbourne||36,000 / 36,000 (100%)||$2,639,839 |
|TOTAL||434,720 / 445,056 (97.68%)||$37,111,034|
The tour received excellent reviews from many critics throughout the UK and Europe. Many called it Minogue's best tour to date. The tour generally sold well throughout Europe and has been seen as a major success. 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. 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.
Broadcasts and recordings
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 4/4 HD. In October 2008, it was revealed that FremantleMedia will release a DVD entitled Kylie Live: X2008. 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. A later release on Blu-ray followed.
In late 2009, Kylie brought her tour to the United States and Canada, to meet the demands of fans since her breakthrough with Fever and its relating singles. The tour would promote X as well as incorporate segments, performances and screen visuals from previous tours. These included: Intimate and Live, KylieFever2002, both Showgirls and, of course, The X Tour. The tour would include new remixes, new costumes, costume re-colours and a new song, which was "Better than Today".
Creative Director: William Baker
Music Producer: Steve Anderson
Musical Director: Sarah deCourcy
Tour Manager: Sean Fitzpatrick
Production Manager: Kevin Hopgood
Audio: Chris Pyne and Rod Matheson
Screen Visuals Production: Blink TV
Lighting Designer: Nick Whitehouse and Bryan Leitch
Lighting Director: Nick Whitehouse
Tour Video Director: Raury Macphie
Choreographer: Michael Rooney
Costume Design: Jean Paul Gaultier, Emma Roach, Steve Stewart, Gareth Pugh
PA to Kylie Minogue: LeAnne Buckham
Financial Controller: Michele Tankel
Guest List & Sponsorship: Lynn Curtis
Production Coordinator: Juliette Baldrey
Head of Security: James Gentles
Tour DJ: Jason Buckham
Keyboards: Sarah deCourcy
Drums: Matt Racher
Bass: Jenni Tarma
Guitar: Adrian Eccleston
Brass: Barnaby Dickinson, Graeme Blevins and Graeme Flowers
Backing Vocals: Dawn Joseph and Roxanne Wilde
Dance Captain: Anoulka Yanminchev
Dancers: Jason Beitel, Hakim Ghorab, Marco Da Silva, Jessica DiDirolamo, Jamie Karitzis, Welly Locoh-Donou, Jerry Reeve, Tatiana Seguin, Nikki Trow
Acrobats: Terry Kvasnik, Nicolas Bosc, Vincent DePlanche and Johan Guy
Technical Manager: Phil Murphy
Stage Manager: Toby Plant
Showcaller: Phil Murphy
FOH Sound: Chris Pyne
Monitors: Rodney Matheson
Audio Crew Chief: Al Woods
Audio Technicians: Phil Down, George Hogan, Becky Pell, Matt Harman-Trick
Backline: Adam Birch, Marcus Lindsay, Nick Sizer
Lighting: Andrew Porter, John Sellors, Jim Mills, Hayden Corps, Victor Anderseen, Craig Lewis, Barry Bamford, Steve Belfield
Riggers: Dave Rowe, Dave Brierley, Omar Franchi, Vinnie Rivenell, Steve Walsh
Motion Control: Ian Macdonald, Simon Wait, Chris Hansbury, John Richardson
Carpentry: Toby Pitts, Andy Pearson, Martyn Drew, Jem Nicholson, Pete Coryndon
Wardrobe: Lisa Williams, Naja Banz, Becky Belfield, Louise Martin
Hair & Makeup: Madge Foster, Gemma Flaherty
Video: Stuart Heaney, Andy Tonks, Patrick Vansteelant, Peter Laleman Cameras: Graham Holwill, Mark Cruickshank, Darren Montague, Gary Beirne, Luke Levitt
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