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She's feeling mighty, TONIGHT, SHE'S APHRODITE.
Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour - Kylie Minogue
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Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour - Kylie Minogue
Advantages: The stunning stage, Slow, the water jets, and If You Dont Love Me - to name but a few
Disadvantages: I Believe In You was dire
On the back of the Aphrodite album, Kylie once again embarked on a large scale tour of Europe (and subsequently America and Australia later this year). Ending up in Glasgow on the 28th, 29th and 30th March, tickets were priced at the rather inflated song of £65 (£200 if you wanted to get soaked in the splash zone). Borrowing images from the famous era of Aphrodite (clearly where the album title comes from) Kylie was hoisted onto the stage upon a giant golden clam to roars of approval from an ever enduring and adoring audience. The title track, followed by a couple of songs from previous album X, saw an understated but well received entrance that saw Kylie surrounded by hunky dancers, a duo of female backing singers who supported her beautifully, and a band that know Kylie's work like the back of their hand. Yes, Kylie Minogue is, and always has been, faithfully live.
As the show proceeded, more images from the Greek era of love provided a stunning backdrop amidst an overblown stage setting that consisted of a Pegasus, flying swans, acrobats, synchronised swimmers, a giant temple and an eventual explosion of water fountains that saw this escalated to the gayest, but most sensational concert show I've ever seen. Kylie Minogue didn't just top herself, she topped the barometer of pop concerts. Lady Gaga and Britney will have to wait 20 years before they might be inclined to top this. Madonna had better take note. Whilst not the strongest singer in a world full of octave-balancing diva's, Kylie is note perfect and sings every word live. A slight tendency on a couple of tracks to lean on the backing singers too heavily might be the only complaint regarding her singing.
Another complaint might be the reliance on Hi-NRG beats. Kylie has famously re-created many of her early songs as torch drama's, jazz numbers and re-invented dance numbers for her modern audience. The abandonment of her early material left the show without much in the way of irony. Perhaps that's how she intended it. The presence of only the classic Better The Devil You Know, and the oddly placed What Do I Have To Do were the only representation of her early days with Stock Aitken & Waterman. She did throw in a couple of verses of Locomotion, as an apparent impromptu, which raised the roof.
It was Kylie's current Aphrodite material that provided the backdrop to the show. Surprisingly, there were no unreleased ditty's thrown in for the fans, but the current singles and half a dozen other tracks from the album were ample enough to fill out half the show. Not content to give us the bare bones of her current fairly successful album, she also belted through a dozen other best of tracks from the past decade. A discofied Spinning Around got the feet moving and a rocked up Cant Get You Out Of My Head got the audience in a screaming frenzy. Head would not have been out of place at a rock concert, and borrowed heavily from Coldplays version that they performed in tribute to her at Glastonbury, but put among Kylie's camp setlist, it was utterly glamorous.
Possibly the best moments came with the surprises though. 'There Must Be An Angel' was given the Kylie treatment as she descended (from the air upon the back of a giant floating dancer dressed as a huge swan) onto a strategically placed rising stage in the middle of the arena. Kylie wouldn't try to emulate the brilliant Annie Lennox's voice, as that would be a task too difficult, but it was all the more superb for her own touches. Sat upon the the stairs alone towards the end of the show, she belted out a heartrending version of 'If You Don't Love Me'. A cover originally released on her Confide In Me single, she sang it accompanied only by a piano and gave a performance that wouldn't have been out of place in Les Miserables.
Elsewhere, Confide In Me, In My Arms, and an electrifying On A Night Like This provided suitable back up to the current material. Screen projections were beautifully unleashed in support of the many songs, but it was the water fountains that belted out in sync to the last two songs that really took the arena to a whole other level. Shooting from the catwalk into the audience, a few of those £200 paying guests would have left elated and wet. The final performance upon the mid-arena stage of All The Lovers saw her surrounded by a troupe of swimming dancers and wet acrobats to compliment the rotunda of water fountains that rose and splashed beneath her. It truly was like Aphrodite rising from the Greek fountain of love.
There were moments where the sound technicians didn't get it quite right. Kylie's voice occasionally fell below the volume of the band. Dare I say it was down to the technical aspect of things, as she was fully controlled in her singing, and her dancing even managed to impress in places. Other surprises included a jazzed down Slow which exploded midway into a huge electro dance number as Kylie and her dancers spun aboard a rising disc. This was just some of the spectacular images on display as she roared out 25 songs throughout the evening. The only low point for me was a nasally I Believe In Your as Kylie was pulled along the split catwalk upon a carriage by her dancers.
I still long for a stripped down live performance, of which she has proven she is capable of. Just check you tube out to see her recent acoustic performances on Radio 1 and 2 to see that she is a fully accomplished vocalist. You don't have to have Whitney Houston's voice to be called a singer, and what a shame that Kylie's tiny frame and her pixie like voice blind people to the fact that she has become an excellent trained vocalist. My last point to make is that if she IS charging upwards of £65 for a ticket, then I'm not disappointed by the fact that much of the money appears to have made its way onto the stage. Aphrodite Live truly was a sequel to Showgirl, and Kylie Minogue didn't disappoint.
I Believe In You
Get Out Of My Way
What Do I Have To Do
Everything Is Beautiful
Cant Get You Out Of My Head
Confide In Me
In My Arms
Looking For An Angel
There Must Be An Angel
Cant Beat The Feeling / Love At First Sight
If You Don't Love Me
Better The Devil You Know
Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel In Love)
On A Night Like This
All The Lovers
For those of you who missed the opportunity to see it, Sky1HD are airing the complete show on 19 June 2011. The show was filmed in 3D and there are rumours of a 3D blu-ray. I'll be pleased to see it again as there was much going on on the stage that I may have missed.
Summary: Another blinding live show by Kylie Minogue
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