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Friday, June 24, 2011
Miss Kylie Minogue
Last Wednesday E and I braved the Burswood crowds to take in the music and theatre of Kylie Minogue. It was a very well coordinated extravaganza and there was much to be amazed by.
Kylie made several costume changes throughout the show, and it appeared that she had a gold bodysuit that was the basis of all of her costumes. E informed me that Dolce & Gabanna had designed the costumes and they certainly spoke of catwalk styling!
The staging was fairly complex and there was a horseshoe section that enabled Kylie and her entourage to approach closer to the croud. There was a section within the horseshoe where the most devoted fans were. I was intrigued by the sections of the stage that rotated and lifted! Amazing. Kylie stood in the centre of the circle and was lifted up whilst her dancers were strapped to the circle as it rotated and tilted towards vertical. We were disappointed to hear that the support band, Gypsy and the Cat, had not made it to Perth due to the inimical ash cloud that has been disrupting our air space over the last few weeks. The DJ that came on before Kylie was possibly not the best substitute and E commented that he looked like a geriatric man with a laptop rather than a cutting edge music mixer.
As we lined up to enter we were pleased to notice that we were by no means the oldest fans at the concert.
Kylie impresses me with her longevity in the industry and her agility to stay contemporary. The set list was a mix of old and new and we sang along whenever we knew the words! We heard a rock-y version of "Can't Get You Out of My Head" and grooved along to "The Loco-motion". I had seen Kylie perform when she was last in Perth in Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour. During that concert she had seemed very tired and was not particularly active on the stage. It was great to see on the Aphrodite Tour that she looked healthy and energetic. I was surprised to realise that it has been five years since I went to that concert! How time flies when you are having fun.
The most unusual event during the concert was unscripted, and generate a fair amount of publicity after the show. Kylie brought a couple up on the stage with her from the $400 "splashzone", and the chicken lifesaver man promptly got down on one knee to propose to his partner of nine years. The way that the laws are moving in this country they may see another nine years go past without any legal means to go beyond the engaged state. E wanted me to take a photo of the performers as it looked like they were not wearing any underwear.