Written by Patty Canedo
It’s been nine years since the KylieFever tour, Kylie Minogue’s biggest tour to date which set a precedent that all pop concerts should be staged so epically and performed so phenomenally. With a reputation as a trendsetter and iconic style symbol, Kylie Minogue has metamorphosed in the Aphrodite: Les Folies tour. While the U.S. wing of the Aphrodite tour has been specifically designed for more intimate settings, the show will be grander than you’ve ever experienced Minogue. The BankAtlantic Center was transformed with Corinthian columns and the Goddess arrived on a gold throne escorted by her band of Adonises.
The faithful flocked in droves to witness this unique occasion complete with Pegasus and Greek warriors. The set list was littered with songs from every Minogue era, from the club-oriented dance-pop beats of her new LP, Aphrodite, to the very beginning sounds of a young pop tart. She worked in her most recognizable singles on this side of the pond, “Loco-Motion” and “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”.
The Australian diva’s latest effort, Aphrodite, has a club dance presence which is what attracts her fans and has established her cult status. This lavish performance led her devotees on an elaborate excursion as a revered goddess with “Aphrodite” and “Wow”, to a tortured soul facing Hades with “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” and “Confide In Me”, to her final ascension in heaven with “There Must Be An Angel” and “Love At First Sight/Can’t Beat The Feeling”.
With a two-hour run time consisting of suspended dancers, a massive screen projecting song synchronized images, and several costume changes, the floor of the BAC was vibrating just as furious as when Minogue took the stage. Though Minogue broke the Goddess façade in the final act in fabulous diva gear (stilettos and shorty shorts), she closed the show with a “Night Like This” and the climactic “All The Lovers”.
Minogue remains an underappreciated musical talent, with not much attention stateside and a harsh critique as a “Madonna wannabe” after her Rhythm of Love tour back in the 1990s. However, the Australian talent’s latest album spun “Better Than Today” as a Billboard No. 1 single on the charts and her collaboration on “Higher” with Taio Cruz hit at No. 3. This earned her the first artist in the chart’s history to have two singles simultaneously in the top three.
Minogue sang to the rafters, belted out a gyrating performance and led the lavish brigade, an impressive feat for the 42-year-old pop goddess. Minogue is a musical force on a limited stateside trek that shouldn’t be missed.
Photos by Christina Mendenhall