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.
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.
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.
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".
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".
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".
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".
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.
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".
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|