|World tour by Kylie Minogue|
|Start date||6 May 2008|
|End date||6 August 2009|
|No. of 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 ($106.07 million in 2016 dollars)|
|Kylie Minogue tour chronology|
KylieX2008 is the ninth concert, and first world, tour by Kylie Minogue. It was launched in 2008 to promote her tenth studio album X. Originally announced as just a European tour, rumors of Kylie taking the tour to Australia, Asia, and America had surfaced in the international media. At the conclusion of the European leg, she announced that the tour would continue onto South America, Asia and Australasia.
The tour continued into 2009, with Kylie performing at festivals and other music events. With the announcement of the 2009 North American Tour, Kylie's official website stated that the tour grossed more than US$96 million from 74 shows in ticket sales in 2008. In all, the tour had five set lists, one for the first few shows, but there were issues with it so a new order was introduced. There was then a set list for open air/amphitehatre venues in Europe, and one for open air/amphitehatres in Asia, South America and New Zealand. There was then a final set list for festivals. All five had more or less the same songs, but different running orders.
In late 2009, Kylie performed a mini-tour in North America, titled For You, For Me, which was a means of testing the waters there and also promoting X. The tour took a lot of its content from the X Tour, but also drew inspiration from other of Kylie's tours, using song arrangements, choreography, outfits and screen projection.
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, she 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, Kylie released several behind-the-scenes videos on her website. Concurrently, she released "X" in the United States and filmed two music videos for the single, "All I See".
As the tour began to sell out all over Europe and the UK, many fans speculated that Kylie would bring her tour to Australia and Japan. While promoting her ITV special, The Kylie Show, 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 Kylie 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 intermission. 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 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.
Kylie described the show as "being a show within a show", stating that each act is dramatically different from one another. Kylie 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 Xtatic Electric act opens the show with a futuristic video showing the outline of Kylie's face polarized in neon colours. The video curtains slide open to reveal Kylie perched in a giant hoop dressed in a 'spiderwoman' gown, singing "Speakerphone". On technically limited shows, the giant stereo speakers (and other related props) moved rapidly to reveal Kylie. She performed her worldwide hit "Can't Get You Out of My Head", which was mashed up with unreleased track "Boombox" 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, Kylie 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.
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". This section was originally the final act before the encores.
For the fourth act Xposed, Kylie appeared as an 'erotic bellboy' 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", 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 Kylie emerge from a pyrmaid 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 Kylie 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". The act ended with "Cosmic" on the initial dates, but this song was later dropped.
In the seventh act Black Versus White, Kylie 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.
Kylie 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 in 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.
|Leg 1 — Europe — KylieX2008|
|6 May 2008||Pairs||France||Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy|
|7 May 2008||Antwerp||Belgium||Sportpaleis|
|9 May 2008||Stuttgart||Germany||Schleyerhalle|
|10 May 2008||Frankfurt||Festhalle Frankfurt|
|12 May 2008||Prague||Czech Republic||O2 Arena|
|14 May 2008||Vienna||Austria||Weiner Stasthalle|
|15 May 2008||Budapest||Hungary||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||Geneva||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 Arena|
|16 June 2008||Moscow||Russia||Olympic Stadium|
|18 June 2008||Saint Petersburg||Ice Palace|
|20 June 2008||Riga||Latvia||Arena Riga|
|22 June 2008||Berlin||Germany||Velodrom|
|23 June 2008||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Ahoy Rotterdam|
|26 June 2008||Belfast||Nothern Ireland||Odyssey Arena|
|27 June 2008|
|29 June 2008|
|30 June 2008|
|5 July 2008||Glasgow||Scotland||Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre|
|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|
|Leg 2 — South America — KylieX2008|
|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||Sede Jorge Newbery|
|Leg 3 — Asia — KylieX2008|
|21 November 2008||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||Dubai Festival City Concert Arena|
|23 November 2008||Bangkok||Thailand||Impact Arena|
|25 November 2008||Kallang||Singapore||Singapore Indoor Stadium|
|27 November 2008||Hong Kong||China||AsiaWorld-Arena|
|29 November 2008||Shanghai||Hongkou Football Stadium|
|1 December 2008||Beijing||Beijing Workers' Gymnasium|
|4 December 2008||Taipei||Taiwan||Taipei Soccer Stadium|
|Leg 4 — Oceania — KylieX2008|
|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|
|Leg 5 — Europe — KylieX2009|
|2 May 2009||Ischgl||Austria||Silvrettaseilbahn AG [A]|
|Leg 6 — Africa — KylieX2009|
|15 May 2009||Rabat||Morocco||OLM Souissi [B]|
|Leg 7 — Europe — KylieX2009|
|4 June 2009||Gdańsk||Poland||Gdańsk Shipyard [C]|
|2 July 2009||Madrid||Spain||Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas [D]|
|4 July 2009||Lisbon||Portugal||Pavilhão Atlântico|
|6 Augusy 2009||Skanderborg||Denmark||Smukkeste Festival Grounds [E]|