|Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour|
|Tour by Kylie Minogue|
|Associated album||Ultimate Kylie|
|Start date||19 March 2005|
|End date||7 May 2005|
|Shows||37 in Europe|
|Kylie Minogue tour chronology|
"Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour" is the first greatest hits and seventh concert tour by Kylie Minogue. It commenced in 2005, in support of Kylie's 2004 compilation album Ultimate Kylie. Kylie was scheduled to visit Australia and Asia, but was forced to cancel the tour after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She resumed the tour under a new name - Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour – on 11 November 2006, performing at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, with a revised set list and new costumes. The tour grossed more than US$19.97 million from 23 shows in the UK alone.
Across the tour, each show was split into seven acts with the addition of an encore, with 27 songs performed.
The show opens with an instrumental introduction that features writing on the video screen introducing Kylie. Kylie then rises out of the stage on a platform dressed in a blue showgirl outfit. She opens the show with "Better the Devil You Know", which is quickly followed by performances of "In Your Eyes" and "Giving You Up". Minogue then performs "On a Night Like This", which begins in the style of a ballad, before resuming with the original after the first chorus. The ending is in the same style as the beginning of the song, where Minogue is taken below the stage, closing the section.
The second section, Smiley Kylie, begins with a dance interlude, that uses excerpts of "Shocked" and "Do You Dare?", before Minogue rises out of the centre of the stage as the DNA intro of "Shocked" is heard. She sings up to the middle eight, before a short segue is played using excerpts of "It's No Secret", "Keep on Pumpin' It", "Give Me Just a Little More Time" and "What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)", which leads into a two-verse-two-chorus performance of "What Do I Have to Do", which is succeeded by another segue using an excerpt of "Over Dreaming (Over You)" and then a performance of "Spinning Around" (sampling the instrumentation of "Finally"), which is followed by a dance interlude after the middle eight using excerpts of "Step Back in Time" and "Such a Good Feeling".
The third section begins with a performance of "In Denial", a virtual duet with Neil Tennant. This is followed by a performance of "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi", before Minogue closes the act with a performance of "Confide in Me".
The fourth act, What Kylie Wants, Kylie Gets begins with a spraying sound effect during which fake showers and gym equipment rises onto the stage, before Minogue appears on a box singing "Red Blooded Woman" which features a chorus of "Where the Wild Roses Grow" before the middle eight. Minogue then performs her 2003 single "Slow" which is followed by a small flamenco interlude which precedes a performance of "Please Stay"
The fifth section begins with a cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" where Minogue rises from behind the stage on a sequined moon. This is then followed by a torch version of "Come into My World". Minogue then performs "Chocolate" on the stage, which morphs at the end of the catwalk to form a "cake", from which Minogue performs "I Believe in You". The act closes with a performance of "Dreams".
Kylesque opens with a performance of PWL track "Hand on Your Heart", where Minogue emerges on stage in front of a big heart. She then goes on to perform a jazz version of "The Loco-Motion" which is followed by a performance of "I Should Be So Lucky". Minogue then closes the act with a performance of "Your Disco Needs You".
The penultimate section opens with a performance version of "Put Yourself in My Place", and a performance of "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" closes the main body of the show.
Minogue then performed a two-song encore, talking to the audience before performing a sing-a-long version of "Especially For You", with the audience invited to sing Jason Donovan's part. Minogue then closed the show with a performance of "Love at First Sight", with a video montage of her career shown on the video screens behind her.
Act Two: Smiley Kylie
6. "Shocked" (contains excerpts from: "Do You Dare?", "It's No Secret", "Give Me Just a Little More Time", "Keep on Pumpin' It" and "What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)")
7. "What Do I Have to Do" (contains excerpt from "Over Dreaming (Over You)")
8. "Spinning Around" (contains excerpts from "Step Back in Time" and "Such a Good Feeling" along with elements of "Finally")
"Dancing Queen" was originally part of the setlist, as this was the song from the Intimate and Live tour that gave birth to Kylie's Showgirl persona; it was, however, discarded.
Tour dates Edit
|Leg 1 — Europe|
|19 March 2005||Glasgow||Scotland||SECC|
|20 March 2005|
|22 March 2005|
|23 March 2005|
|24 March 2005|
|26 March 2005||Paris||France||Zénith de Paris|
|27 March 2005||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Ahoy Rotterdam|
|28 March 2005||Antwerp||Belgium||Sportpaleis|
|30 March 2005||Vienna||Austria||Wiener Stadthalle|
|31 March 2005||Munich||Germany||Olympiahalle|
|1 April 2005||Basel||Switzerland||St. Jakobshalle|
|3 April 2005||Aalborg||Denmark||Gigantium|
|4 April 2005||Hamburg||Germany||Color Line Arena|
|5 April 2005||Cologne||Kölnarena|
|7 April 2005||Dublin||Ireland||Point Theatre|
|8 April 2005|
|9 April 2005|
|11 April 2005|
|12 April 2005|
|15 April 2005||Birmingham||England||NEC Arena|
|16 April 2005|
|17 April 2005|
|19 April 2005|
|20 April 2005|
|21 April 2005|
|23 April 2005||Manchester||Manchester Evening News Arena|
|24 April 2005|
|26 April 2005|
|27 April 2005|
|28 April 2005|
|30 April 2005||London||Earls Court|
|1 May 2005|
|2 May 2005|
|4 May 2005|
|5 May 2005|
|6 May 2005|
|7 May 2005|
Cancelled and rescheduled shows Edit
|Date||City||Country||Venue||Reason for cancellation|
|Leg 2 — Australia|
|19 May 2005||Sydney||Australia||Sydney Superdome||Breast cancer diagnosis|
|20 May 2005|
|21 May 2005|
|23 May 2005||Melbourne||Rod Laver Arena|
|24 May 2005|
|25 May 2005|
|27 May 2005|
|28 May 2005|
|29 May 2005|
|31 May 2005||Sydney||Sydney Entertainment Centre|
|1 June 2005|
|2 June 2005|
|4 June 2005||Brisbane||Brisban Entertainment Centre|
|5 June 2005|
|6 June 2005|
|8 June 2005|
|9 June 2005|
|12 June 2005||Perth||Burswood Dome|
|13 June 2005|
|14 June 2005|
|Leg 3 — Asia|
|17 June 2005||Singapore||Singapore Indoor Stadium||Breast cancer diagnosis|
|20 June 2005||Bangkok||Thailand||IMPACT Arena|
|23 June||Hong Kong||HKCEC Arena|
Box office score data Edit
|Venue||City||Tickets sold / available||Revenue|
|NEC||Birmingham||65,976 / 65,976 (100%)||$4,572,554|
|SECC||Glasgow||43,100 / 43,100 (100%)||$3,040,468|
|MEN Arena||Manchester||74,060 / 74,060 (100%)||$5,234,740|
|Earls Court||London||105,840 / 105,840 (100%)||$7,125,132|
|TOTAL||288,976 / 288,976 (100%)||$19,972,894|
Broadcasts and recordings Edit
Minogue performance in London, England on 6 May 2005 was filmed for TV broadcast and DVD release. The performance was released on DVD and Universal Media Disc on 28 November 2005. The DVD also featured "Behind the Feathers", a documentary, screensavers and exclusive photographs.
The DVD reached number twenty-six on Australia's End of the Year Music DVD Chart in 2005. It was certified platinum in the UK in 2005 and four times platinum in Australia in 2006. Kylie Showgirl was nominated for "Best Music DVD" at the 2006 ARIA Music Awards, losing to Eskimo Joe.
On 12 December 2005, Minogue released a digital EP featuring eight songs recorded in London, England during the Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour.
- Direction: Russel Thomas
- Executive Producer: Bill Lord, Kylie Minogue and Terry Blamey
- Creative Director: William Baker and Alan MacDonald
- Musical Producer: Steve Anderson
- Tour Manager: Sean Fitzpatrick Choreography: Michael Rooney and Rafael Bonachela.
- Costumes designed by: John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld, Julien Macdonald, Ed Meadham and Gareth Pugh
- Shoes by: Manolo Blahnik
- Jewellery: Bvlgari
- Millinery: Stephen Jones
- Hair Stylist: Karen Alder