Kylie Is Still Golden As She Wows Leeds Arena
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Over the years there has been various incarnations of Kylie: there has been the pop Kylie, the indie Kylie, the Disco Kylie and now the country style Kylie. Her last album Golden saw the Australian singer recording tracks with a country and western influence.
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Making her first visit to the Leeds Arena the Golden tour is on a big scale. There has been a lot of thought put into the spectacle from the lighting, dancing, costume changes, the references to Leeds and her fans right down to the confetti cannons that exploded in a rainbow colour sequence in homage to her gay fans.
The show was split into seven sections with a break half way through. The gig starts with the huge video wall behind the stage showing a desert sunrise then rising out of the stage there she is sitting on top of a pile of suitcases wearing a pair of white cowboy boots, as Golden the title track of the latest album is performed.
The first half didn't seem to flow as easily as later on, whilst the tracks off her new album worked well in her new musical style hearing Better The Devil You Know re invented country style didn't seem to work as well.
With her dancers dressed looking like they had just come out of the musical Annie Get Your Gun it might have been better to place the track in a more sympathetic setting later on in the show.
The second section slowed things down with The High and Dry segment where a sultry version of Confide in Me leads into another costume change as the section concludes with Kylie performing A Lifetime To Repair on top of a snooker table.
Things start to move up a gear again as the next section sees her dressed in denim trousers as a brilliant rendition of Radio On mixes into Wow and Can't Get You Out of My Head.
Then comes a master stroke as she turns her back on the audience to put on a denim jacket that has Leeds stitched across the top!
The second half of the gig was more old school Kylie with the country influences becoming more distant as the show progressed.
Beginning with a segment at a Biker Rally, the track Slow kicks things off which sees her looking very good for a 50 year old dressed head to toe in black leather. With the motorbikes on stage it could have even been a Judas Priest gig but they definitely would not have looked as good as this!
There is plenty of interaction with her audience - she gives a fan a single red rose whilst another gives her a bunch of roses - gold yellow in colour, naturally. The fans take over the singing on Especially For You which even had them singing the theme tune to Neighbours beforehand.
The legendary New York night club, Studio 54 is the setting for the Disco section. The mirrorball lights up the arena, the dancers look like they have just time travelled back to 1979 and Kylie looks glittering in an age appropriate gold glitter dress as On a Night Like This has the audience up on their feet.
The Loco-Motion is re discovered into a Chic style disco number sounding all the better for it whilst Spinning Around concludes what had been a brilliant pop extravaganza. The confetti cannons explode again, streamers are fired into the audience and things just couldn't get any better.
It's not all over though as the encore sees Kylie dressed wearing thigh high boots and a green top performing Love At First Sight then Dancing, though her dancers are back again in country style outfits resisting the temptation thankfully to start line dancing.
A true Golden experience.
Kylie Is Still Golden As She Wows Leeds Arena, 6th October 2018, 9:07 AM