Kylie Minogue Radiates Love In Concert Release
Though I was never able to see the show live, the DVD/Blu-Ray release of the Kiss Me Once Tour provides for a great evening. With Kylie Minogue on a stage that’s seemingly minimal compared to her previous tours, structural beams that provide for a unique setting, and lighting and lasers that would make for the perfect show – Minogue’s latest tour proves that a show doesn’t have to involve extravagant props in order to be impressive. With the film being recorded in Glasgow, it’s a change of scenery being that the star usually films in London.
Before the main show begins, viewers are treated to a 9-minute video entitled “Sleepwalker,” where Minogue is seen as the characters of Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and the Dickensian character, Miss Havisham. The video introduces three new songs (“Glow,” “Wait,” “Break This Heartbreak”), written and produced with Fernando Garibay during some earlier sessions for Kiss Me Once. The short film before the concert (viewable online as an extra feature) was produced in collaboration with Sloggi.
Act I – Surrealist Girlie Revue
“Les love, les sex…”
The screen projections start the show with Minogue behind a rain-dropped glass, echoing the Kiss Me Once cover. Excerpts from “Breathe” are mixed with “Les Sex” as Minogue steps away from kissing the glass, and soon enough the magic begins.
As the chorus speeds up, we hear one line: “We could call it love.”
Minogue then arrives on a lip-shaped sofa, with portraits of her eyes and hair appearing over the screen – alluding to The Mae West Room. The Calvin Harris-produced gem of “In My Arms” sees the male dancers dressed as Salvador Dali as the screen visuals reference his work. “Timebomb” follows suit with “The Persistence of Memory” imagery reminding that time is of the essence. Backing vocalists Roxy Wilde and Lucy Jones emerge from the shadows to join Minogue at the center for a funkier version of “Wow,” closing out the first act.
Act II – Bauhaus Disco
“On a night like this, I want to stay forever…”
Sampling “Rapper’s Delight,” male dancers dressed in outfits inspired by Bauhaus Ballet Productions groove to an updated version of “Step Back in Time.”
Minogue’s ode to the disco days is quickly interrupted with “Spinning Around.” The Almighty remix of “Your Disco Needs You” provides for the perfect club tune, complementing the Bauhaus inspiration with Minogue finishing with her operatic notes.
“We want to welcome you to the biggest disco in town,” Minogue shouts as an updated version of “On A Night Like This” follows, complete with a magnificent laser and light show. Finishing the disco section is “Slow” where Minogue performs intimately with a dancer solo. The bridge leads into the Chemical Brothers remix of the electro-pop tune equipped with a blinding array of lights. When both the singer and dancer touch hands, the lights dim and the two are pulled underneath to quickly change for the next act.
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Act III – Dollhouse
“Put your hand on your heart and tell me it’s all over.”
After the “Chasing Ghosts” interlude (omitted during the concert portion, available as a bonus feature), the show reaches a very cute and kitschy moment. Minogue promised a return to the sound that once made her the “loveable girl next door”. The visuals, designed by Hattie Stewart in collaboration with Chandelier Creative give the stage a different type of vibe with cartoonish figures.
As Roxy and Lucy sing a few lines from “Enjoy Yourself,” female dancers soon arrive dressed as a 50’s Barbie doll. Minogue soon appears from underneath the stage with two male Ken’s. A medley of her 80s hits (“Hand On Your Heart,” “Never Too Late,” “Got to Be Certain”) are heard as Minogue undresses from a frilly pink frock to a heart shaped corset.
For the final song of the medley, a bathtub arrives and Minogue proceeds to sing “I Should Be So Lucky” as she bathes herself in feathers. The act concludes with the Aussie in her corset, and shimmering panties returning down under.
Act IV – Fashsex
“All you got is this moment…”
Female dancers clad in nude attire as blackened bits manage to shake to “Skirt” while Minogue, onscreen, changes into her next outfit – a Rolls Royce for the domineering, erotic section.
The guitar riffs from “Need You Tonight” are played before the showgirl herself arrives on a large table in a dominatrix outfit. Her tribute to Michael Hutchence is fitting, the crowd roaring for more. Removing her latex coat sees the starlet in a leotard, stretching and warming up to sing the dubstep-influenced version of “Sexercize.”
The “Nu-di-ty Segue” provides for a quick change, where Minogue returns in a simple undershirt and latex skirt, leading the dancers into her signature tune, “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” revamped for a heavier electro sound. Minogue then leads the crowd into singing “la la la” as she continues stomping. Her efforts lead into her Robbie Williams’ collaboration of “Kids.”
Though I’m not entirely fond of it, I can’t help but sing along to the crowd pleaser.
Act V – Kiss Me Once
“Time moves on, fates change, but you and I, we stay the same”
An extended introduction to this act provides a brief moment in the rain that ultimately leads into the haunting melody of “Beautiful” – and I honestly wish words were enough to describe the breathtaking moment.
The second Minogue arrives, looking heavenly in a long flowing gown and bathed in cool lights. I knew I was in for a game changer at this point. This ballad serves as the only slow song throughout the show and amidst the rainy screen, you can’t help but feel as though you’ve lost someone. Though I wasn’t entirely fond of the track at first, “Kiss Me Once” has become one of my favorite live performances.
As the goddess of love begins to finish up the chorus, petals rain down and she jumps around with her dress flowing behind her, red lights sweep across the stage, bathing it in red and giving the show an ultimate impression that love has arrived.
Act VI – Showgirl 2014
“All the lovers that have gone before, they don’t compare to you”
Steve Anderson’s Pacha Extended Mix of “Get Outta My Way” sees a dance-off between the male and female dancers at this point in the show.
The showgirl arrives in an extremely over the top design from Jean Paul Gautier. Perhaps one of my favorite moments of the performance is when Kylie asks a simple question: “Do you believe in love?” After so many years of listening to this one song, my answer will always be yes.
“Love At First Sight” is quite the tune, and given a modern makeover, it’s pretty cute. With the screen projection reminiscent of the original video, it makes for a fine moment. A surprise moment sees the starlet singing an older hit – “Tears On My Pillow” – acapella followed by The Abbey Road Sessions version of “The Locomotion.” Dedicating the final song of the main show to everyone, “All the Lovers” becomes true to its name.
It’s a moment of euphoria where you should feel nothing but love – and Minogue made it so when the screen visuals display a recreation of René Magritte’s “The Lovers” and other symbols for love. The show concludes with “love” written in every language and Minogue leaving us with a sense of elation.
“Those memories that I can’t erase, always remind me I’m on an endless journey”
I waited until my copy came in to view the finale, and to be quite honest, I’m disappointed with the closing outfit. Minogue reverting to a simpler blue latex skirt and white undershirt… because the finishing look is always one of the best, right?
The tune, however, seems to echo the fact that no matter what happens, it’s worth it to take chances regardless of the outcome. I’ve found this to be true, as “Into the Blue” is a song of empowerment and goes to show that you may never where your life is headed, and you shouldn’t be afraid.
Kylie Minogue can make the room feel nothing but love and affection – and succeeded in turning the SSE Hydro into a disco, an art show, a street corner, a dollhouse, and a place of love. Though the concert consisted more of her greatest hits than her recent songs, the showgirl returned with fire.
Kiss Me Once: Live at the SSE Hydro is available to purchase!