|Tour by Kylie Minogue|
|Start date||6 May 2008|
|End date||22 December 2008|
|No. of shows||53 in Europe
6 in South America
7 in Asia
8 in Australasia
74 in total
|Box office||US $1 ($109.51 million in 2017 dollars)|
|Kylie Minogue concert chronology|
KylieX2008 was the tenth concert tour by Australian recording artist 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. 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.
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".
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 Minogue'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 huge 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 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 (and other related props) move rapidly to reveal Minogue. She performs "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 performs "Heart Beat Rock", "Wow" and "Shocked", the latter being reduced to a dance interlude on some dates. Minogue 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, is also performed. Kylie closes the act with "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 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. "Love at First Sight" is performed during this act on initial dates, being later reallocated to the encore section.
Minogue re-emerges 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 performs "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.
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.
- Additional notes
- "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 on a fan's request.
- "I Should Be So Lucky" was added to the set order at the 17 May performance in Bucharest.
- 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".
- While "Your Disco Needs You" in Hamburg she mixed up the vocal lines and spoke it in French. Afterwards she appologized with the audience for not singing the lines in German.
- "The One" was performed impromptu during the "Encore" section in Oslo and Stockholm. The album version was performed on the 27 June while the Freemasons Remix was performed on the 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 Tocancipá.
- 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. Additionally, Kylie sang "All I See" and "The One" at the 14th 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.
|6 May 2008||Paris||France||Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy|
|7 May 2008||Antwerp||Belgium||Sportpaleis|
|9 May 2008||Stuttgart||Germany||Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle|
|10 May 2008||Frankfurt||Festhalle Frankfurt|
|12 May 2008||Prague||Czech Republic||O2 Arena|
|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||Geneve||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|
|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||Sportpaleis van Ahoy|
|26 June 2008||Belfast||Northern Ireland||Odyssey Arena|
|27 June 2008|
|29 June 2008|
|30 June 2008|
|5 July 2008||Glasgow||Scotland||SECC Concert Hall 4|
|6 July 2008|
|8 July 2008|
|9 July 2008|
|11 July 2008||Manchester||England||Manchester Evening News Arena|
|12 July 2008|
|14 July 2008|
|15 July 2008|
|17 July 2008|
|18 July 2008|
|20 July 2008||Newcastle||Metro Radio Arena|
|21 July 2008|
|23 July 2008|
|24 July 2008|
|26 July 2008||London||The O2 Arena|
|27 July 2008|
|29 July 2008|
|30 July 2008|
|1 August 2008|
|2 August 2008|
|4 August 2008|
|1 November 2008||Bogotá||Colombia||Parque Jaime Duque|
|4 November 2008||Caracas||Venezuela||Poliedro de Caracas|
|6 November 2008||Lima||Peru||Explanada Del Monumental|
|8 November 2008||São Paulo||Brazil||Credicard Hall|
|13 November 2008||Santiago||Chile||Pista Atlética del Estadio Nacional|
|15 November 2008||Buenos Aires||Argentina||Estadio G.E.B.A.|
|21 November 2008||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||Dubai Festival City Concert Area|
|23 November 2008||Bangkok||Thailand||Impact Arena|
|25 November 2008||Kallang||Singapore||Singapore Indoor Stadium|
|27 November 2008||Chek Lap Kok||Hong Kong||AsiaWorld–Arena|
|29 November 2008||Shanghai||China||Hongkou Stadium|
|1 December 2008||Beijing||Beijing Workers' Gymnasium|
|4 December 2008||Taipei||Taiwan||Zhongshan Soccer Stadium|
|8 December 2008||Auckland||New Zealand||Vector Arena|
|9 December 2008|
|14 December 2008||Sydney||Australia||Acer Arena|
|16 December 2008|
|17 December 2008|
|19 December 2008||Melbourne||Rod Laver Arena|
|20 December 2008|
|22 December 2008|
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 |
|SECC Concert Hall 4||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||Chek Lap Kok||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 (98%)||$37,111,034|
Adapted from the KylieX2008 credits.
- 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
- 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
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