Photos by G.
In 2009, when Kylie Minogue performed her first tour in the US, I left her show thinking it was one of the better shows I’d seen that year. 2 years later, Kylie Minogue is back with her Aphrodite Les Foiles Tour and it’s one of the best shows I’ve seen in 2011. Playing the first of 3 nights at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, Kylie hit the stage at a very early 8:30 PM. Gone from this tour, were Pink Floyd worthy laser lights and instead replaced with a mythological stage set up that included a golden chariot, a marble statue and a bunch of dancers with amazing bodies who all wore very little.
Kylie played so many hits in remixed versions including a rock version of “Can’t Get You Outta My Head,” a swing version of “Slow” (that finally gave way to a dance version by the end of the song) and also sang an acoustic/dance version of “The Locomotion,” – at the request of the audience. Also played were her classics such as “Better the Devil You Know,” “”I Believe In You,” “Spinning Around,” “On A Night Like This,” “Wow,” “The One” and “In My Arms.” She also focused on playing material for her latest album “Aphrodite,” including “All The Lovers,” “Get Outta My Way” and “Put Your Hands Up,” which saw the entire Hammerstein Ballroom doing just that! Kylie also did 2 covers: Eurythmics’ “There Must Be An Angel Playing With My Heart” (and a video of that is coming soon, so stay tuned) and Prefab Sprout’s “If You Don’t Love Me.”
It was a fun show with so much energy and Kylie definitely delivers. Although I deem it criminal especially considering many pop alternatives, Kylie Minogue is not as popular in the USA as she is elsewhere in the world, so we benefited from seeing a stadium show inside a relatively smaller venue. There were trippy visuals on videos screens, dancers performing aerial acrobatics and lots of fabulous outfits worn by Ms. Minogue. The audience gave her a nearly 3 minute ovation during the show because everyone in the packed house knows that when you leave a Kylie concert, you’ve just had your mind blown.
Kylie is also playing the Hammerstein Ballroom on May 3, and 4, 2010, so I highly recommend that you do what it takes to be there, because even if you don’t like her music – which is infectiously catchy – you’ll see a spectacle that other pop divas only wish they had the finesse to pull off. While Kylie is sexy, she’s not dirty and she’s always classy. To sum up a wonderful Kylie experience, I’ll quote one of her songs – “Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow!”
The setlist was:
Intro / Aprhrodite / The One / Wow / Illusion / I Believe In You / Cupid Boy / Spinning Around / Get Outta My Way / What Do I Have to Do? / Everything is Beautiful / Slow / Confide In Me / Can’t Get You Out Of My Head / In My Arms / Looking For An Angel/ There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) / Love At First Sight / If You Don’t Love Me / Better The Devil You Know / Come Into My World / The Locomotion / Better Than Today / Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love)
Encore: On A Night Like This / All the Lovers