Kylie Minogue Kicks Off Her ‘Aphrodite Live 2011′ Tour Here In The US


After touring Europe and Japan, Kylie Minogue has brought her world tour to the US last night and officially kicked off Aphrodite Live 2011 in Boston, MA. Because her US tour isn’t as extravagant as her European tour (ie. no Splash Zone), I was worried what the “stripped down” version of the show would look like. As I understand it, very little changes have been made to the show now that it is here in the US. All of the numbers have been kept in tact, as well as the costuming and staging from the Les Folies 2011 Tour. Kylie has brought her FABULOUS show to our shores and she will be trekking her way across the country performing along the way! Check out some photos from the show and read a new interview with Kylie below.

Kylie Minogue jokes that she considered making a “Kylie 101″ video for her upcoming North American tour. It’s an amusing idea because the United States is perhaps the last place in the world that needs a crash course in the Australian pop star’s long and celebrated career. “We were trying to think how funny we could make it, acknowledging that [in America] it’s only my fanbase who really have a clue who I am and where I come from and what I do,” Minogue says recently in a one-on-one interview with the Globe. “Other than that, we might need a Kylie 101.” She might be right. A casual fan here probably knows Minogue from her two Top 10 radio hits — “The Loco-Motion” (1988) and then “Can’t Get You Out of My Head’’ arrived 14 years later — but that’s the extent of the dent she’s made, at least on the charts. At 42 and on her first extensive tour of US cities, starting with Agganis Arena in Boston on Friday, Minogue is in an unusual position: She’s the global pop icon who’s on the verge of properly introducing herself to American fans who have adored — no, make that idolized — her from afar and for a very long time. “I know it’s taken forever, but if it’s anything like the last tour, which was my first tour in the States, the welcome was just mind-blowing,’’ Minogue says. “I can’t wait to get there and share the show with you, share an evening.” That first US tour was in 2009, when Minogue tested the waters with a string of headlining shows in big cities such as New York and Los Angeles. If the tour’s scope was limited, it at least spoke volumes about her fans here. “You are, in fact, fierce and mighty,’’ she says about what she learned from those shows. “I don’t have the numbers, I’m not across the board in the States like I am in other countries, but honestly, the noise levels, the excitement levels, the dedication — it was overwhelming. I loved it.” It’s astonishing to think Minogue will be making her Boston debut a full 23 years since her first album, “Kylie,” was released. The closest she has come to this city was in 2002 at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell for the multi-artist “Jingle Ball” tour. The Globe’s review of that concert noted, “Euro-pop princess Kylie Minogue attempted to turn pop into art during her set,” before singling out Destiny Child’s as the star of the show. That was the year when “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” an irresistible hit that lived up to its name, was in heavy rotation. Even though her commercial clout here peaked shortly after that, Minogue still wanted to give this market a go. “I finally bit the bullet and said, if I don’t do this now, it’s not going to happen. But I needed to go and put on a show that is representative of where I am in my career and how I like to present things,’’ she says. “It was a beautiful experience. And now I’m coming back for more. So I’m making up for lost time” … Minogue’s new tour centers on last year’s “Aphrodite,’’ the latest entry in her repertoire of exuberant European dance pop. Its songs extol the virtues of losing yourself in the music, of finding solace in the beat; but that doesn’t mean the new tour is nearly as straightforward. Au contraire: It’s a hulking spectacle, with aerial performers, dancers, and an epic theme based on the myth of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality. And just where does Minogue, who’s famously petite, fit in such a production? “At the center, darling,” she says, letting out a girlish giggle that’s as sexy as it is knowing.

What a great interview … and what great photos! The show really looks fantastic from what I can see. I was BLOWN away by the show I saw in Berlin, Germany last month so I know that this show, even slightly scaled down, will WOW US audiences. Wee!! I’ll be seeing Kylie here in LA and then in LV in a few weeks … until then, she’ll be rockin’ and rollin’ her way across the US … just like she was ALWAYS meant to :)

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  • Jeremy

    I was there last night and it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. There was so much energy and enthusiasm, from her and the fans.

    It wasn’t sold out – or even close to sold out – and that’s unfortunate considering how talented and great she is. We got to move out of our seats and into closers ones since there was so much empty space. At one point a dance party even erupted on the floor because people were able to walk around so freely!

    I hope the other cities on the tour show her the love she deserves and manage to sell out the venues.

  • Michael

    I came up from NY to see Kylie’s show last night… 1st live concert seeing Kylie perform. What an amazing artist, entertainer, but for most singer. The creativity that went into her show was top notch and the effects, costumes, dancers in bodied that of an Olympic opening ceremony. Talent is so rare these days in the entertainment industry and it gives me great joy knowing that there are performers that care about their fan base and strive to WOW their audience. Kylie plays in arena’s that hold 15,000 + fans a night but here in America she has yet to capture the same attention…..( foolish Americans ) ! This is why I am glad to support her shows because she puts the same effort in the smaller venues and takes us along for an amazing jouney with music, song, and dance that
    leaves you breathless. Thank you Kylie for gracing us with your talents.

  • Cesar

    I said it before and I will say it again: She IS the ONLY ONE. The Goddess..the true Aphrodite…All the rest, please stand in the line until you have some serious talent….

  • argentino

    She came to argentina in 2008 and there were 25.000 people. so i hope she comes back this year. great artist. sorry my english is bad :-P

  • Tyler W.

    I saw Kylie in D.C. yesterday and she was everything you would expect a legend to be! It was one of the best-if not the BEST-show I have ever seen. Simply Wonderful!! :)

  • Vince

    I saw her in Montreal the other night and the show was spectactular. That was her first North American stop :)

  • Sean

    Attended the DC show. She did 2 and 1/2 hours of show, sang the whole song without lip sync, 15 costume changes, and only change over breaks. Did mainly Aphrodite songs but Spinning Around, Can’t Get You Out of My Head, and I Believe, and If You Don’t Love Me got huge applause! Her show should be in Vegas. I have never been to a show where almost all the audience in a large arena was all gay men. She actually cried when she heard the crowd’s response during “If You Don’t Love Me.” She appreciates her fans. At 23 years, she is the queen of pop for the world, IMO!

  • Shazzer

    I saw Kylie’s first NY show last night and it was just spectacular. I was not disappointed at all, even without a Spash Zone. She is so warm and charming – it’s delightful to see.

    Here are some pictures I took of the show.

    I will be seeing her all 3 nights. 1 down, 2 to go.

  • Pete

    I saw opening night of Les Folies in Denmark and it was spectacular!

    Then last night I was at the NY show and it was off the hook. So much energy! Kylie may not have a lot of fans here but the ones that showed up last night were amazing. It was the best Kylie gig ever. Can’t wait to do it again tonight.