Saturday, March 14
REVIEW: SIMON COLLINS
Odd club, it played only Kylie Minogue hits, with a bit of Italo-disco and INXS thrown in, but the punters didn't seem to mind.
"We want to welcome you to the biggest disco in town," Ms Minogue told 9000 fans at Perth Arena as she introduced On a Night Like This and unleashed an impressive laser show.
The 46-year-old wasn't talking about Metro City across the train line nor the defunct Gobbles. This was the opening night for the Australian leg of her Kiss Me Once tour, the Oz pop icon's 14th concert tour named after her 12th studio album.
While the tour already sashayed through the UK and Europe late last year, on Saturday night Perth fans were treated to the first live performance of Right Here, Right Now - Minogue's excellent collaboration with 74-year-old Italian disco nonno Giorgio Moroder.
"The godfather of disco" and our "national treasure", as they described each other, enjoyed themselves so much on stage that they dished up an a cappella version of Donna Summer's I Feel Love, one of the many disco-era hits Moroder produced.
Nutted out moments before the show, this oddball moment epitomised Minogue's current comfort within the restrictions of a big, convoluted pop show.
The fun-filled two-hours-plus concert began in flirty style with Minogue arriving on giant red lips for the bombastic electro-pop of Les Sex from her latest album. She looked sensational in red stilettos and a short, sexy red skirt.
"You look good, you sound good and some of you are dressed good," she told the super-fans in the standing-room area during one of many interactions during the performance, lengthy by pop's standards.
Kiss Me Once eschewed the spectacular but overwhelming waterworks of 2011's Aphrodite tour, homing in on the star's hits.
Step Back in Time heralded a suite of circa-2000 favourites - Spinning Around, Your Disco Needs You and On a Night Like This.
Another highlight was the so-called Dollhouse Medley where Kylie dished up four favourites from her late-80s Stock Aitken Waterman days, including I Should Be So Lucky performed from a bathtub in a nod to the daggy video.
She also paid tribute to former beau, late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, with an excellent rendition of Need You Tonight.
Can't Get You Out of My Head turned the Arena into a giant dance party, while her Robbie Williams' duet Kids, Get Outta My Way and the excellent Love at First Sight had the venue pumping.
Minogue's embrace of her past - something she hasn't always been comfortable with - continued with a more-Motown than SAW version of her 1987 debut single, The Loco-Motion. "I have a lot of fun doing it these days," she bubbled.
All the Lovers from Aphrodite segued into the encore of Into the Blue, big synth-pop numbers that confirmed two things. Minogue remains Australia's pop queen. And we're sending the wrong singer to Eurovision.