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KylieX2008 (also known as X2008) is the tenth concert tour by Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue which is in support of her 2007 album X. Originally announced as just a European tour, rumors of Minogue taking the tour to Australia, Asia, and America had surfaced in the international media. At the conclusion of the European leg, Minogue announced that the tour would continue onto South America, Asia and Australasia. The tour continued in 2009, as Minogue performed at festivals and other music events. With the announcement of the For You, For Me Tour, Minogue's official website stated that the tour grossed an estimated US$70 million in ticket sales in 2008

About the tour

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

By way of introduction, Minogue stated:

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 sell out all over Europe and the UK, many fans speculated that Minogue would bring her tour to Australia and Japanmarker. 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".

About the show

Minogue as a coachman
As with the "X" album, the tour rippled the "new wave" theme, made popular in the '80s. The show was divided into seven acts with the addition of an encore and interlude. Throughout the course of the tour, the show evolved, with numerous changes to the running order, costumes, set list and even Kylie’s hairstyle.

The set consisted of a high-tech three-tier stage. On the left and right, mini-stages were made available for the band and backing singers. The main stage was minimalist, with an illuminated video floor and gigantic moving video curtains as the backdrop. For performances in amphitheaters, open air and small arenas the illuminated floor and the lavish props, such as the giant skull and purple hoop, were removed due to technical limitations.

Minogue described the show as "being a show within a show", stating that each act is dramatically different from one another. Minogue alluded she was inspired by Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, "I'm releasing my inner Freddie Mercury. It's hard to explain but parts of the show are so over the top. When I sing 'Your Disco Needs You', it's a real Freddie moment."

The first act opens the show with a futuristic video showing the outline of Minogue's face polarized in neon colours. The massive video curtains slide open to reveal Minogue perched in a giant hoop dressed in a 'spiderwoman' gown (the dress, however, was changed as the tour reached South America). On technically limited shows, the giant stereo speakers (and other related props) moved rapidly to reveal Minogue. She performed her worldwide hit Can't Get You Out of My Head as well as In Your Eyes and an unreleased track 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, the latter being reduced to a dance interlude on some dates. Kylie has cited this act as her personal favourite on the concert.

The third act, begins with "Loveboat" and goes on with a cover of the Barry Manilow hit "Copacabana". On the opening night, "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.

Minogue ending on a joyous note
For the fourth act, Minogue is dressed as an 'erotic bellboy'. She 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, with excerpts of "Free" (from Intimate and Live), and 2 Hearts. The skull received a very positive reaction from the fans, being then “replaced” by a screen CG reproduction on the concerts it could not be featured due to stage limitations (this additional projection, however, was not present before the South American leg).

The Asian-influenced fifth act, 'sees Minogue emerging on stage in a pyramid which unfurls to reveal Kylie in an outfit inspired by Japanesemarker Manga, performing Come into My World, "Nu-di-ty" and "Sensitized". This segment, which opens with a video of the rare single Sometime Samurai, was completely cut from the technically limited concerts.

The show takes a sombre tone as it progresses into its sixth act, with Minogue appearing in a blue satin gown and premiering another new song, the power ballad "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" on the initial dates, but this song was later dropped.

In the seventh act, 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 colour. Love at First Sight was performed during this act on initial dates, being later reallocated on the encore section.

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 the acoustic rendition of All I See.For initial performances in South America, Minogue performed Somewhere, a song from the critically acclaimed musical West Side Story, and Better The Devil You Know dressed on a green feather dress, before the regular encore. Later, the new costume was dropped and Better The Devil You Know was placed on the encore.

Setlist

Additional notes



Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
Europe
6 May 2008 Parismarker Francemarker Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercymarker
7 May 2008 Antwerpmarker Belgiummarker Sportpaleismarker
9 May 2008 Stuttgartmarker Germanymarker Schleyerhallemarker
10 May 2008 Frankfurtmarker Festhallemarker
12 May 2008 Praguemarker Czech Republicmarker O2 Arenamarker
14 May 2008 Viennamarker Austriamarker Wiener Stadthallemarker
15 May 2008 Budapestmarker Hungarymarker Budapest Sports Arenamarker
17 May 2008 Bucharestmarker Romaniamarker Cotroceni Stadium
18 May 2008 Sofiamarker Bulgariamarker Lokomotiv Stadiummarker
20 May 2008 Istanbulmarker Turkeymarker Kuruçeşme Arena
22 May 2008 Athensmarker Greecemarker Terra Vibe Park
25 May 2008 Zurich Switzerlandmarker Hallenstadionmarker
27 May 2008 Cologne Germanymarker Kölnarenamarker
29 May 2008 Munichmarker Olympiahallemarker
30 May 2008 Genevemarker Switzerlandmarker SEG Geneva Arenamarker
1 June 2008 Lyonmarker Francemarker Halle Tony Garniermarker
3 June 2008 Madridmarker Spainmarker Palacio de Deportesmarker
5 June 2008 Esch-sur-Alzettemarker Luxembourgmarker Rockhalmarker
7 June 2008 Hamburgmarker Germanymarker Color Line Arenamarker
8 June 2008 Copenhagenmarker Denmarkmarker Forum Copenhagenmarker
10 June 2008 Oslomarker Norwaymarker Oslo Spektrummarker
11 June 2008 Stockholmmarker Swedenmarker Stockholm Globe Arenamarker
13 June 2008 Helsinkimarker Finlandmarker Hartwall Arenamarker
16 June 2008 Moscowmarker Russiamarker Olimpiskymarker
18 June 2008 St. Petersburgmarker Russiamarker New Arenamarker
20 June 2008 Rigamarker Latviamarker Arena Rigamarker
22 June 2008 Berlinmarker Germanymarker Velodrommarker
23 June 2008 Rotterdammarker Netherlandsmarker The Ahoymarker
26 June 2008 Belfastmarker Northern Irelandmarker Odyssey Arenamarker
27 June 2008
29 June 2008
30 June 2008
5 July 2008 Glasgowmarker Scotlandmarker Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centremarker
6 July 2008
8 July 2008
9 July 2008
11 July 2008 Manchestermarker Englandmarker Manchester Evening News Arenamarker
12 July 2008
14 July 2008
15 July 2008
17 July 2008
18 July 2008
20 July 2008 Newcastlemarker Metro Radio Arenamarker
21 July 2008
23 July 2008
24 July 2008
26 July 2008 Londonmarker The O2marker
27 July 2008
29 July 2008
30 July 2008
1 August 2008
2 August 2008
4 August 2008
South America
1 November 2008 Bogotámarker Colombiamarker Parque Jaime Duque
4 November 2008 Caracasmarker Venezuelamarker Poliedro de Caracasmarker
6 November 2008 Limamarker Perumarker Explanada Del Monumental
8 November 2008 São Paulomarker Brazilmarker Credicard Hallmarker
13 November 2008 Santiagomarker Chilemarker Pista Atlética del Estadio Nacionalmarker
15 November 2008 Buenos Airesmarker Argentinamarker Sede Jorge Newbery
Asia
21 November 2008 Dubaimarker United Arab Emiratesmarker Dubai Festival Citymarker
23 November 2008 Bangkokmarker Thailandmarker Impact Arenamarker
25 November 2008 Singaporemarker Singaporemarker Singapore Indoor Stadiummarker
27 November 2008 Chek Lap Kokmarker Hong Kongmarker AsiaWorld-Arenamarker
29 November 2008 Shanghai Chinamarker Hongkou Stadiummarker
1 December 2008 Beijing Beijing Workers' Gymnasiummarker
4 December 2008 Taipeimarker Taiwanmarker Taipei Soccer Stadiummarker
Australasia
8 December 2008 Aucklandmarker New Zealandmarker Vector Arenamarker
9 December 2008
14 December 2008 Sydneymarker Australia Acer Arenamarker
16 December 2008
17 December 2008
19 December 2008 Melbournemarker Rod Laver Arenamarker
20 December 2008
22 December 2008
Europe
2 May 2009 Ischglmarker Austriamarker Silvrettaseilbahn AG - Ischgl [A]
Africa
15 May 2009 Rabatmarker Moroccomarker OLM Souissi [B]
Europe
4 June 2009 Gdanskmarker Polandmarker Gdańsk Shipyardmarker [C]
2 July 2009 Madridmarker Spainmarker Plaza de Toros de Las Ventasmarker [D]
4 July 2009 Lisbonmarker Portugalmarker Pavilhão Atlânticomarker
6 August 2009 Skanderborgmarker Denmarkmarker Smukkeste Festival Grounds [E]


Notes
  • A^ The concert is a part of "Top of the Mountain".


  • B^ The concert is a part of the "Mawazine Festival".


  • C^ The concert is a part of the "Zaczelo Sie w Polsce".






Box Office Score Data

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy Paris 17,008 / 17,008 (100%) $1,001,035
Sportpaleis Antwerp 15,613 / 15,719 (99%) $996,383
O2 arena Prague 17,853 / 17,853 (100%) $877, 906
Olympisky Moscow 15,900 / 15,900 (100%) $904,472
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
Parque Jaime Duque Bogotá 6,023 / 7,870 (77%) $416,544
Poliedro de Caracas Caracas 4,500 / 7,500 (60%) $814,912
Credicard Hall São Paulo 5,082 / 6,938 (73%) $258,062
Singapore Indoor Stadium Singapore 7,259 / 10,599 (68%) $1,043,518
AsiaWorld Arena Chek Lap Kok 8,798 / 10,598 (83%) $1,070,819
Vector Arena Auckland 19,800 / 19,800 (100%) $1,187,399
Acer Arena Sydney 51,462 / 51,462 (100%) $4,194,452
Rod Laver Arena Melbourne 36,000 / 36,000 (100%) $2,639,839


Notes:
a  Minogue's performances at The O2 ranked #22 on Billboard's "Top 25 Boxscores" of 2008.


Critical reception

The tour received excellent reviews from many critics throughout the UK and Europe. Many called it Minogue's best tour to date. 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 Englandmarker, Scotlandmarker, and Northern Irelandmarker. The six shows at the Manchester Evening News Arenamarker 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.

Broadcasts and recordings

KylieX2008 premiered on 4 Music in late August 2008. The concert was one of the first broadcast on the new station. It was later shown on Channel 4/4 HD. In October 2008, it was revealed that FremantleMedia will release a DVD entitled "Kylie Live: X2008". The disc features the full length concert along with a photo gallery and screen projections. It was released in the United Kingdommarker and Australia on 1 December 2008. A later release on blu-ray followed.

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 Designer: Nick Whitehouse and Bryan Leitch

Lighting Director: Nick Whitehouse

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

Dance Captain: Anoulka Yanminchev

Dancers: Jason Beitel, Hakim Ghorab, Jessica DiDirolamo, Jamie Karitzis, Welly Locoh-Donou, Jerry Reeve, Tatiana Seguin, Marco DaSilva, Nikki Trow

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 LalemanCameras: Graham Holwill, Mark Cruickshank, Darren Montague, Gary Beirne, Luke Levitt

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