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KylieX2008
Tour by Kylie Minogue
KylieX2008 - promotional poster.jpg
Associated album X
Start date 6 May 2008
End date 22 December 2008
Legs 4
No. of shows 53 in Europe
6 in South America
7 in Asia
8 in Australasia
74 in Total
Box office US $96 million ($109.51 million in 2017 dollars)[1]
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.[2]

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Contents

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:[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 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".[5]

About the show

 Minogue as a tsar
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 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."[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 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".

 Minogue performing "No More Rain"
Minogue performing "No More Rain"

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" 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.

Critical reception

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 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.[13][14] A later release on Blu-ray followed.

Set list

Additional notes

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
Europe
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
South America[15][16][17]
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.
Asia[17][18][19][20][21][22]
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
Australasia [23][24][25]
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[26]
Sportpaleis Antwerp 15,613 / 15,719 (99%) $996,383 [26]
O2 Arena Prague 17,853 / 17,853 (100%) $877, 906[26]
Olimpiyskiy Moscow 15,900 / 15,900 (100%) $904,472[26]
Odyssey Arena Belfast 37,536 / 37,536 (100%) $3,549,422 [27]
SECC Concert Hall 4 Glasgow 31,080 / 31,080 (100%) $2,980,262 [28]
Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester 75,972 / 75,972 (100%) $7,268,153 [28]
Metro Radio Arena Newcastle 35,812 / 35,812 (100%) $3,116,320 [28]
The O2 Arena [a] London 116,375 / 116,375 (100%) $9,881,561 [28]
Parque Jaime Duque Bogotá 6,023 / 7,870 (77%) $416,544 [29]
Poliedro de Caracas Caracas 4,500 / 7,500 (60%) $814,912 [29]
Credicard Hall São Paulo 5,082 / 6,938 (73%) $258,062 [30]
Singapore Indoor Stadium Kallang 7,259 / 10,599 (68%) $1,043,518 [31]
AsiaWorld Arena Chek Lap Kok 8,798 / 10,598 (83%) $1,070,819 [31]
Vector Arena Auckland 19,800 / 19,800 (100%) $1,187,399 [32]
Acer Arena Sydney 51,462 / 51,462 (100%) $4,194,452[32]
Rod Laver Arena[b] Melbourne 36,000 / 36,000 (100%) $2,639,839 [30]
TOTAL 434,720 / 445,056 (98%) $37,111,034
Notes

^ a Minogue's performances at The O2 ranked #22 on Billboard's "Top 25 Boxscores" of 2008.[33]
^ b Only 2 out of 3 show were estimated by Billboard Boxscore

Personnel

Adapted from the KylieX2008 credits.[34]

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

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