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KylieX2008

KylieX2008 (also known as X2008) is the tenth concert tour by Australian pop singer and songwriter Kylie Minogue OBE which is in support of her 2007 album X.

Rumours of Minogue taking the tour to Australia, Asia, and America have popped all over the international media. According to the El Mercurio newspaper, Minogue will perform in Chile, with additional dates in Argentina and Peru to be announced soon. Argentinian entertainment company, Fénix Entertainment Group, confirms that Minogue will play in Argentina, in mid-November 2008. Minogue later confirmed with the Sunday Herald that she will bring her tour to Australia for a limited number of performances. The tour was officially sponsored by Nokia.

About the Tour

After months of speculation it was announced through Kylie's official website that "KylieX2008" would commence in Paris, traveling all over World.

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 sellout 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".

Minogue visited a wide range of countries, including United Kingdom, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Luxembourg, Latvia,Spain, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, China, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. Minogue had previously not toured several of the territories.

About the Show

As with the "X" album, the tour rippled the "new wave" theme, made popular in the 80's. The show was divided into seven acts with the addition of an encore and interlude.

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 very simple and minimalist, with illuminated video floor and gigantic video curtains as the backdrop.

Throughout the course of the European leg of the tour, the show evolved; with numerous changes to the running order.

Xlectro Static

A futuristic video for the song "Speakerphone" opened the show. The massive video screens then slid open to reveal Kylie perched in a giant hoop dressed in a purple 'spiderwoman' gown (changed to black for the London dates). Minogue performed her worldwide hit "Can't Get You Out of My Head" as well as "In Your Eyes" and a new song entitled "Ruffle My Feathers".

Cheer Squad

The second act 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".

Beach Party

Minogue began with "Loveboat" and went on to do a cover of the Barry Manilow hit "Copacabana". During the Paris show "That's Why They Write Love Songs", a tribute to the many romantic show tunes of the 40's and 50's, was also performed, having been dropped since then. Kylie closed the act with the celebratory "Spinning Around".

Xposed

Dressed as an 'erotic bellboy', Minogue 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" and "2 Hearts".

Naughty Manga Girl

In this section, Kylie emerges 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 opens with a video of the rare single "Sometime Samurai".

Starry Nights

Minogue appears in a blue satin gown and premieres another new song, "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" for several dates, but this song was later dropped.

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 color.

Encore

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 some dates the acoustic rendition of "All I See".

Set list

Additional Notes

  • "Cosmic" was removed from the set order after the 9 May performance in Stuttgart
  • "Your Disco Needs You" was added to the set order at the 10 May performance in Frankfurt
  • "I Should Be So Lucky" was added to the set order at the performance in 17 May 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
  • "The One" was performed impromptu/acoustically during the "Encore" section in Oslo and Stockholm. The album version was performed on the 27th June while the Freemasons Remix was performed on the 29th June. Being Minogue's fourth single from X, the song has become a regular in the set order.

Tour Dates

Date City Country Venue
Europe
May 6, 2008 Paris France Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy
May 7, 2008 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
May 9, 2008 Stuttgart Germany Schleyerhalle
May 10, 2008 Frankfurt Festhalle
May 12, 2008 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena
May 14, 2008 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
May 15, 2008 Budapest Hungary Budapest Sports Arena
May 17, 2008 Bucharest Romania Cotroceni Stadium
May 18, 2008 Sofia Bulgaria Lokomotiv Stadium
May 20, 2008 Istanbul Turkey Kuruçeşme Arena
May 22, 2008 Athens Greece Terra Vibe Park
May 25, 2008 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
May 27, 2008 Cologne Germany Kölnarena
May 29, 2008 Munich Olympiahalle
May 30, 2008 Geneve Switzerland SEG Geneva Arena
June 1, 2008 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier
June 3, 2008 Madrid Spain Palacio De Los Deportes
June 5, 2008 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal
June 7, 2008 Hamburg Germany Color Line Arena
June 8, 2008 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen
June 10, 2008 Oslo Norway Spektrum
June 11, 2008 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena
June 13, 2008 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Arena
June 16, 2008 Moscow Russia Olimpisky
June 18, 2008 St. Petersburg New Arena
June 20, 2008 Riga Latvia Arena Riga
June 22, 2008 Berlin Germany Velodrom
June 23, 2008 Rotterdam Netherlands The Ahoy
June 26, 2008 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
June 27, 2008
June 29, 2008
June 30, 2008
July 5, 2008 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
July 6, 2008
July 8, 2008
July 9, 2008
July 11, 2008 Manchester England Manchester Evening News Arena
July 12, 2008
July 14, 2008
July 15, 2008
July 17, 2008
July 18, 2008
July 20, 2008 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
July 21, 2008
July 23, 2008
July 24, 2008
July 26, 2008 London The O2
July 27, 2008
July 29, 2008
July 30, 2008
August 1, 2008
August 2, 2008
August 4, 2008
South America
November 1, 2008 Bogotá Colombia Parque Jaime Duque
November 4, 2008 Caracas Venezuela Poliedro de Caracas
November 6, 2008 Lima Peru Explanada Del Monumental
November 8, 2008 Sao Paulo Brazil Credicard Hall
November 13, 2008 Santiago Chile Pista Atlética del Estadio Nacional
November 15, 2008 Buenos Aires Argentina Sede Jorge Newbery
Asia
November 21, 2008 Dubai United Arab Emirates Festival City
November 23, 2008 Bangkok Thailand Impact Arena
November 25, 2008 Singapore Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
November 27, 2008 Hong Kong China AsiaWorld-Arena
November 29, 2008 Shanghai Hongkou Stadium
December 4, 2008 Taipei Taiwan Taipei Soccer Stadium
Oceania
December 8, 2008 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
December 9, 2008
December 14, 2008 Sydney Australia Acer Arena
December 16, 2008
December 19, 2008 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
December 20, 2008
December 22, 2008

Box Office Score Data

Venue City Attand / Capacity Gross Revenue
Sportpaleis Antwerp 15,613 / 15,719 (99%) $996,383
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 London 116,375 / 116,375 (100%) $9,881,561
TOTAL 312,388 / 312,491 (99%) $27,792,101

Critical Reception

The tour received rave reviews from many critics throughout the UK and Europe. Many critics thought the show could not compare to her previous tours. . 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.

Tour Personnel

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 Director: Nick Whitehouse and Bryan Leitch
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

Band

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
Dancers: Jason Beitel, Hakim Ghorab, Jessica DiDirolamo, Jamie Karitzis, Welly Locoh-Donou, Jerry Reeve, Tatiana Seguin, Marco DaSilva, Nikki Trow and Anoulka Yaminchew
Acrobats: Terry Kvasnik, Nicolas Bosc, Vincent DePlanche and Johan Guy

Technical

Technical Manger: Phil Murphy
Stage Manager: Toby Plant
Showcaller: Jakki Julnes
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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