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Kylie Minogue dazzles at Fox spectacle

Gladiators with bulging biceps.

Photos: William Baker

Photos: William Baker

 A gilded Pegasus.

 Aerial stunts performed by shirtless men in teeny black shorts.

 And this is the scaled-down version of Kylie Minogue’s tour.

 On Friday night, the British/Australian megastar brought her $25 million “Aphrodite Live 2011” extravaganza to the Fox Theatre, and for two hours, the elfin Minogue and a cast of fantabulous dancers, singers and musicians reminded people that sometimes, it’s perfectly OK to indulge in mindless fun.

 A Madonna-level star overseas with more than 60 million in worldwide album sales, Minogue has never quite burst through in America – save for a few months in 2001 with “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” – making this rare Stateside appearance all the more special.

 The Fox was about 80 percent full, but this rabidly devoted crowd showered Minogue with the kind of roars reserved for royalty. The singer, who whipped through about eight Dolce & Gabbana fashions with Cher-like precision – looked genuinely mystified at the never-ending ovation she received after performing a rousing, gospel-tinged version of “There Must Be An Angel (Playing with My Heart).”

 She’s endearing in that way, professing an air of self-deprecation even as she stands as a worldwide luminary.

 Minogue, 42, also knows her audience: gay men and straight women, both which seemed audibly appreciative of the numerous muscled and oiled torsos continuously shown on video and stage, particularly during the lustful “Cupid Boy.”

 Though this is a pared-down version of Minogue’s famously ornate European concerts, it still rivaled a Broadway production with a massive video screen stretching the width of the stage and framed by white columns, numerous rows of staircases, a dozen dancers and a set of adrenalized lights hyperactive enough to populate an arena show.

 Between the dizzying array of eye candy onstage and the solid pulse of Minogue’s club-friendly songs, there was never any motivation to do anything other than stand and fist-pump.

 It felt like a sweaty rave in the audience, while Minogue looked the part of a pristine princess all night, her hair tumbling perfectly down her back in angelic waves and her outfits – black feathered skirt, teensy gold mini, long white train – perfectly matched with her doll-like gracefulness.

 In her pretty pop voice, Minogue sashayed through “I Believe in You” while being nudged across the stage in a chariot and deftly handled the more deliberately paced “Confide in Me.”

 kylie1If there is the most minor of quibbles about Minogue, it isn’t her voice, a flexible instrument best showcased on “If You Don’t Love Me,” but that many of her mirror ball confections are virtually indistinguishable to all but the most ardent fans.

 Can you really pinpoint a musical difference between “Spinning Around” and “Get Outta My Way”?

 Not really.

 And though “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” is insanely infectious, is there much else to the song than its catchy “la la la” repetition?

 Nope.

 But that’s also part of the beauty of Minogue.

 She never overreaches for controversy or grand political statements. Instead, she is a dancing queen, a modern-day disco duchess and, truly, a pop star.

20 comments Add your comment

Steve

May 7th, 2011
12:48 pm

It was an incredible show. I feel privileged to have been there and have been waiting to see her live since 1988.

Go Gol

May 7th, 2011
2:58 pm

80% capacity at the Fox? That means, what, 15 people were there? But seriously, when you can’t sell out the Fox for a CONCERT, it means that this isn’t an “artist” of broad appeal. What was her last charted hit in the US? Loco-Motion? Put the brakes on.

Clay

May 7th, 2011
2:59 pm

It was off the chain!!! As far as production, it blew away anything Madonna or Cher ever did, and I have seen both numerous times. It was the Gayest party in town last night. A complete and total blast!

Bored

May 7th, 2011
3:23 pm

Go Gol, no she isn’t an artist of wide appeal in the US, but she has a strong core audience here. There are plenty of foreign acts that come to the states to cater to their fan bases here. This is nothing new. And there were about 3,200 people there last night. Kylie has had many songs chart on the US dance charts in recent years. Here, she’s a dance club artist, not radio. The show was amazing and the crowd reception was deafening!! Great party.

Steve

May 7th, 2011
4:01 pm

Go Gol must like “artists” like avril laveene, britney spears, justin beiber and the like. Loser.

DcsabaS

May 7th, 2011
4:29 pm

I’m afraid, Melissa Ruggieri is pretty wrong about “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” (in other respects she is correct). Just look for the “BBC – Radio 1 – Live Lounge” session on youtube!!! (This, and other genial live acoustic records are included in the new digital EP “North American Tour Bonus Edition”.)
Kylie is a fantastic live singer/performer, and her songs always have a great live potential, even when you didn’t suppose it – based on the album version…
By the way, here in Europe, her fan base is much-much wider. It’s a strange fact, that at some places of the world gay men much sooner discovered the LOVE that Kylie radiates to everybody. But should discover other people too.

Dennis

May 7th, 2011
6:48 pm

I wish Kylie would embrace her gay following a little more when she tours. ;)

Huh?

May 7th, 2011
10:23 pm

Dennis – “gays” don’t want to embrace Kylie. She’s a woman, remember? They want to embrace other mens – THAT’S WHY THEY’RE GAY!!!

JYGG

May 7th, 2011
10:48 pm

Huh? I believe Dennis’ comment was tongue n cheek.

Fever

May 8th, 2011
12:10 am

I like Kylie Minouge. Glad I got to see her in concert. Glad my ticket was cheap. Didn’t know half of the songs she was singing but it was a good show. It was totally a gay party last night though. I love Gay people but, some people just can’t control themselves… didn’t enjoy the heavy PDA… I hope she comes back to Atlanta soon…

twd

May 8th, 2011
2:45 am

There are also plenty of us straight males that would be more than happy to have Kylie embrace us too ;) I am in the UK and went twice to see this show – incredible – and its great you guys in the Americas are having the opportunity to enjoy her live, So far I have only read one poor review (from the UK of course) which is amazing considering the amount of nights the tour has run so far.

T. Couture

May 8th, 2011
5:50 am

Kylie is so under-appreciated in the US. It’s strange seeing KYLIE MINOGUE just walk in the front door of her concert venues in the US. In the UK, she’s flown in on a private jet and escorted into the venues where fans have been lining up for days. Meeting Kylie is akin to meeting the Queen for the rest of the world! I highly doubt she’ll tour the US again; it’s actually more of a favour for her fans there… The shows cost a lot of money to put on.

Old Kylie Fan

May 8th, 2011
7:59 am

Kylie is a huge International star, whether we in the United States go for the ride or not. I have been a fan since the ’80’s. She is the leading seller of reocords all-time worldwide, beating the Beatles, Madonna, Elvis, MIchael Jackson, etc. She sells out huge venues in the UK, Europe, Australia, Asia… You cannot judge her by her US popularily alone.

Wylie Midoggue

May 8th, 2011
11:22 am

“…She is the leading seller of reocords all-time worldwide, beating the Beatles, Madonna, Elvis, MIchael Jackson, etc….”

BS ALERT! BS ALERT!! BS ALERT!!!

Bored

May 9th, 2011
12:43 am

T. Couture, Kylie seems to be having a blast here in the US on her tour. Getting to meet fans, able to freely go about town, playing more intimate shows for diehard fans. I hope she comes to the US again, after all she’s toured here twice in the last 2 years (2009 and 2011). She has nothing but great things to say about her audiences here.

Gus

May 9th, 2011
7:48 pm

US Radio Stations do not tune Kylie’s songs it is simply because the american music world don’t want any artists from the outer US popular in the state. They are ignorant as some people don’t even know who is ABBA in US. What a joke. And yes, Kylie did follow Madonna in her early year of her courier, then she reinvent her own way with Impossible Princesses one whole year b4 Madonna released Ray of Light (which they have similar beats). Then she released disco theme “Light Years” album way before Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet. So America is not the world. She might not have much fans in US, but her fans in US are very loyalty and adore her all the way (I can see that in her first US Tour), so good for them. Kylie is a realy deal in show business compare to other pop artists.

JaffersonSuerteBinas

May 10th, 2011
4:05 am

Finally! The wait is over, Kylie is coming over to the Philippines and I can’t wait to see her perform live! I’ve been waiting for this moment, and I can’t wait any longer. I hope tomorrow is already July 5. So excited and I know I’m gonna have fun!

Gregg

May 10th, 2011
7:21 am

I went to her show in Fort Lauderdale. The show was so good and the crowd was on their feet and dancing thoughout the show. She was so pretty too. What a great show.

Luis

May 11th, 2011
2:08 am

and i quote ” The beauty of Minogue she never overreaches for controversy or grand political statements. Instead, she is a dancing queen, a modern-day disco duchess and, truly, a pop star “

kp

May 11th, 2011
11:58 am

AMAZING show… it was a Vegas type production by a beautiful talented woman with dancers and backup singers to die for.