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Kylie Minogue Kiss Me Once tour (Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne)

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Most people might agree that Kylie Minogue is one of Australia’s most beloved music icons, and at 46, she’s still got it.

The Kiss Me Once tour celebrates her 2014 album of the same name and kicked off in Australia last week with a first stop in Adelaide.

Last night Melburnians were treated to a full stage spectacular at Rod Laver Arena. Although her latest album is not as memorable or successful as Fever (2001) or Body Language (2003) (which may explain slow ticket sales), Kylie is still able to show off like the radiant songbird that she is.

Her shows are as well known for their theatrics and costumes as they are for the music and Kiss Me Once is no exception. Kylie emerges sprawled out on a large illuminated pair of lips, belting out Les Sex, flanked by her troupe of swaying dancers atop a red neon frame.

The concert then takes us on a journey of the many faces of Kylie.

Homage is paid to her early years, the songs that made her famous. She’s the kitschy sex-kitten giving a stirring rendition of I Should Be So Lucky in a bathtub of white feathers. But true old-school fans were let down with no Locomotion or gold hot pants.

She also paid tribute to her former love Michael Hutchence from INXS with a cover of Need You Tonight. Channelling the woman who Hutchence once fell in love with, Kylie gave a powerful performance dressed in a revealing latex coat, astride an illuminated black-and-white piano. Michael would have been proud.

At a time when the musical landscape is dominated by oversexed youngsters like Miley Cyrus or uncomfortable moments (looking at you, Madonna), Kylie was the tasteful temptress during her performance of Les Sex. Bouncing, bopping backup dancers on exercise balls, a mesmerizingly flexible male dancer made and Kylie’s killer breathy vocals made Slow one of the best songs of the night.

There was also a glimpse of Kylie in her over-the-top glory, which has cemented her as one the classic gay icons. A black-and-silver fringed corset complete with glittering headdress complemented her dramatic rendition of every single girl’s, anthem Get Out Of My Way.

The tours’ impressive costume designs are by Jean Paul GaultierDolce & Gabbana, Julien Macdonald, and Marchesa.

The audience were also treated to a sensational light show, making her performance of On A Night Like This all the more exhilarating.

Disco and electronic dance music fans were treated with an appearance by the father of the genre, Giorgio Moroder. The genius behind such hits as Hot Stuff by Donna Summer and Blondie’s Call Me is supporting Kylie on tour to promote their collaborate single, Right Here, Right Now. At nearly 75, this godfather of electronica can still rock out.

Kiss Me Once is a exhilarating, fun and visually stunning performance from Kylie Minogue. While her freshest musical days might be behind her, this how provides a long overdue fusion of most of her big hits.
[box]Kylie performs in Sydney on March 20 and Brisbane March 21.Featured image by Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images[/box]

One response to “Kylie Minogue Kiss Me Once tour (Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne)

  1. “But true old-school fans were let down with no Locomotion …”
    Um, Kylie DID do The Locomotion at her Melbourne show. Didn’t your reviewer stay to the end?

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