Kylie Minogue Verizon Wireless Theater May 10, 2011
Check out mighty Aphrodite Kylie Minogue in our slideshow.
Kylie Minogue is a wholly heavenly creature among comparably haggard savages in the female pop world. The strangest thing about Minogue's show Tuesday at Verizon Wireless Theater wasn't the intricate Greek-myth production design, or even the heights to which the Australian siren can push her voice, it was how much more elegant she is than most anything else going.
Not that she is competing with any of those children anyhow. Wink.
From the beginning of the show, which included a long intro featuring lithe male and female dancers dressed like the gods' own security detail, Minogue had the mostly male audience in the palms of her tiny hands. Working the crowd into a lather with the title track of last year's Aphrodite, she commanded their utmost respect, and gave everyone ample boogie fodder.
Her two female backup singers were stationed on either side of the vaulted stage, and acted as a sort of Greek chorus with the dancers to Minogue's music. By her nature, she makes ethereal music, as sleek and elegant as the curves on a fine antique automobile. It's an old-school glamour that died with the old Hollywood guard, but she has remade and molded it into her music.
As a veteran of big-budget shows from Lady Gaga, Kesha, and their ilk this past year, Tuesday's show only reiterated that Minogue doesn't get as much love as she in fact deserves. "Wow" from 2007's X came with expert timing and dancing.
And boy, does she know what to give her crowds of adoring men. How do these dudes stay in shape on tour, and does said tour have a resident waxologist on staff?
Tuesday, her biggest stateside hit, 2002's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head," was remade into a pop-metal nugget with a red-and-black motif. It's always been a creepy, stalker-ish track; hell, just listen to what the Flaming Lips did to it that same year live and in the studio.
After covering the Eurythmics' "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)", Minogue took time out to chat with the crowd, shake that trademark ass per request, and introduce the band and backing dancers.
Later, a member of the crowd would hand her a gigantic homemade breast-cancer ribbon, which brought about a heartfelt reaction from Minogue, a cancer survivor of almost five years.
Of course, no Minogue show would be complete without her breakthrough teen-pop hit, "The Loco-Motion," which she telegraphed by doing a coy train motion. Funny enough, the Little Eva cover from 1987 is still catchier and infinitely more tuneful, and older, than most girls making radio pop these days.
Personal Bias: This video. Duh. The best marriage of the Hives and lingerie known to man, or woman.
The Crowd: Boys, boys, boys.
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Overheard in the Crowd: "Is this dubstep?"
Random Notebook Dump: How is she 42 years old? We know that 1988 was a long time ago... but she looks 25 onstage and up close in person.