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Kylie Minogue / October 4, 2009 / Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl)
Kylie Minogue knows how to make an entrance.
For her first ever Los Angeles show at the Hollywood Bowl, the pop diva descended from the venue's famed arches standing triumphantly atop a giant metallic human skull.
And that was just the beginning of the eye-popping, hits-filled run through Minogue's career that was replete with numerous costume changes, massive digital screens, dazzling laser displays and a hard working fog machine.
Minogue is still something of a pop curiosity in the U.S., despite having enormous success outside of America. In the U.K., she's notched 12 top 10 albums and another 32 top 10 singles -- seven of which reached No. 1. Here in the U.S., she's only flirted with the Billboard charts, where she's netted seven Hot 100 hit singles, including the top 10s "The Loco-Motion" and "Can't Get You Out Of My Head."
Thus, when Minogue announced her first-ever North American tour back in May, you could hear the collective gasp from her fans who were absolutely convinced that she would never tour these shores. The prayers of Minogue's devotees were answered when she opened her mini-trek on Sept. 30 in Oakland, Calif.
At her Bowl show, Minogue reached back far into her catalog, offering up her very first single, "The Loco-Motion," as a sultry cabaret number while she also wowed the crowd with a dancetastic rendition of "Can't Get You Out Of My Head." Let's be clear -- this wasn't a lip-syncing showcase. Minogue sang live and was in fine voice throughout her set.
Minogue also introduced a brand new song, "Better Than Today," which she said would be on her forthcoming album. The sexy stomper is two parts Minogue pop magic, with one part Donna Summer (circa "Bad Girls") and a dash of the Pussycat Dolls' strut. By the time Minogue's handsome male dancers were "showering" onstage in nothing but briefs to introduce the sexed-up "Red Blooded Woman," Minogue had the audience eating out of her petite hands.
The crowd also got a treat in the show's encore, as her peppy second hit single "I Should Be So Lucky" was added to the setlist in heart-warming ballad version. While the crowd was seemingly mostly made up of men older than twenty-something, there were a good number of women as well.
Fans of Minogue who have followed her numerous tours over the years via DVD or YouTube will recognize many of the new shows elements and song arrangements. She has repurposed some of the best moments from her previous globe-trotting outings for her first U.S. tour -- thus giving American concertgoers a taste of what they've missed all these years.
The singer's tour next visits Chicago's UIC Pavilion on Wednesday, Oct. 7 and then heads to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Friday, Oct. 9. Minogue wraps the trek with a three night stand at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom from Oct. 11 through Oct. 13.
Here is Kylie Minogue's setlist:
"Come Into My World"
"In Your Eyes"
"Shocked" / "What Do I Have to Do?" / "Spinning Around" (medley)
"Better Than Today"
"Like a Drug"
"Boombox" / "Can't Get You Out of My Head"
"Red Blooded Woman" (with an excerpt from "Where the Wild Roses Grow")
"Heart Beat Rock"
"Confide in Me"
"I Believe in You"
"Burning Up" / "Vogue"
"In My Arms"
"Better the Devil You Know"
"I Should Be So Lucky"
"Love at First Sight"