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Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour

Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour was the ninth concert tour by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue, launched in 2006 as a continuation of the Showgirl Tour which was cancelled due to Kylie's breast cancer diagnosis
Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour
Homecoming Tour
Tour by Kylie Minogue
Associated album Ultimate Kylie
Start date 11 November 2006
End date 23 January 2007
Legs 2
No. of shows 20 in Australia
14 in Europe
34 in Total
Box office US $40.11 million ($45.62 million in 2015 dollars)
Kylie Minogue tour chronology
Showgirl Tour
(2005)
Homecoming Tour
(2006-07)
KylieX2008
(2008-09)

"Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour" was the ninth concert tour by Kylie Minogue. Kylie was originally scheduled to perform in Australia and Asia during Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour in 2005, but she was forced to cancel the tour when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She resumed the tour on 11 November 2006, performing at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, with a new set list and costumes. The dance routines from Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour were reworked to accommodate her medical condition and longer breaks were also introduced between sections of the show to conserve her strength.

Critical reception

"Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour" received positive reviews from critics. Christine Sams in a review for The Sydney Morning Herald described the show as an "extravaganza" and wrote that it was "nothing less than a triumph". The Age's Patrick Donovan wrote that Kylie "looked fit and healthy and was in good voice". He also wrote that she was "at her best prowling the stage in a catsuit, playing up to the crowd". CBBC Newsround described the tour as the "perfect comeback" due to its "range of songs, excellent dancers, stage lighting and Kylie's love of performing".

Broadcasts and recordings

Kylie performance in Melbourne, Australia on 11 December 2006 was filmed for television and DVD release. The concert premiered on 13 January 2007 in the United Kingdom on Channel 4. On 4 March 2007, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation broadcast the performance without commercial interruptions. The concert was released to DVD on 10 December 2007 as a double disc set with Kylie's documentary film White Diamond.

Kylie's second Australian concert in Sydney on 12 November 2006 was recorded and released as a live album in January 2007. Showgirl Homecoming Live featured a guest appearance by U2 lead singer Bono on the song "Kids". The album reached number seven on the UK Albums Chart and was certified silver.

Concert Synopsis

Across the tour, each show was split into seven acts with the addition of an encore.

The show began with an instrumental introduction, dubbed the "Showgirl Theme Song" that features writing on the video screen introducing Kylie. Kylie then rose out of the stage on a platform dressed in a pink showgirl outfit. She opened the show with "Better the Devil You Know", which was quickly followed by a performance of "In Your Eyes". After addressing the audience, Kylie introduced and sang previously unreleased song "White Diamond". Kylie then performed "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 Kylie is taken below the stage, closing the section.

The second section, 'Everything Taboo', began with a dance interlude, that uses excerpts of "Shocked" and "Do You Dare? ", before Kylie rose out of the centre of the stage and performs "Shocked". She sang 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 led into a one-verse-one-chorus performance of "What Do I Have to Do", which was followed by another segue using an excerpt of "I'm Over Dreaming (Over You) " and then a performance of "Spinning Around" (sampling the instrumentatal of "Finally"), which was followed by a dance interlude after the middle eight using excerpts of "Step Back in Time" and "Such a Good Feeling".

The third section, 'Samsara' began with a dance interlude dubbed the "Temple Prequel", followed by a performance of "Confide in Me", where the dancers treat Kylie as if she were a puppet. This was followed by a performance of "Cowboy Style", which was followed by a small interlude of "Finer Feelings", where the backing vocalists sang whilst Kylie performed a dance; this was then followed by a performance of "Too Far".

The fourth act, 'Athletica' began with a dance interlude of the Sandstorm Dub of "Butterfly", where acrobat Terry Kvasnik danced round the stage; after this, the same version of "Red Blooded Woman" was performed, still using the excerpt of "Where the Wild Roses Grow", Kylie this time rising atop a pommel horse in a leopard onesie. Kylie then performed her 2003 single "Slow", which was followed by a performance of "Kids". On one occasion, Kylie performed with "U2" front man Bono, and on another, with her sister Dannii.

The fifth section began with a cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" where Kylie rose from behind the stage on a sequined moon. This was then followed by a torch version of "Come into My World". Kylie then performed a shortened version "Chocolate" on the stage, which morphs at the end of the catwalk to form a "cake", from which Kylie performed "I Believe in You". The act ended with a performance of "Dreams".

'Pop Paradiso' opened with an interlude of Kylie's song "Burning Up", mashed with Madonna's "Vogue". She then went on to perform a jazz version of "The Loco-Motion" which was followed by a performance of "I Should Be So Lucky", which sampled "The Only Way Is Up". Kylie closed the section with a remix of "Hand on Your Heart"

The penultimate section, 'Dance of the Cybermen' opened with a remix of "Can't Get You Out of My Head", which led into the countdown of "Light Years"; this version of the song was mashed up with Kylie's PWL song "Turn It into Love".

Kylie then performed a two-song encore, performing a sing-a-long version of "Especially For You", inviting the audience to sing Jason Donovan's part. Kylie 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.

Set list

Act One: Homecoming
1. "Overture"
2. "Better the Devil You Know"
3. "In Your Eyes"
4. "White Diamond"
5. "On a Night Like This"

Act Two: Everything Taboo
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 "I'm Over Dreaming (Over You)")
8. "Spinning Around" (contains excerpts from "Step Back in Time" and "Such a Good Feeling" along with elements of "Finally")

Act Three: Samsara
9. "Confide in Me"
10. "Cowboy Style"
11. "Finer Feelings"(Interlude)
12. "Too Far"

Act Four: Athletico
13. "Butterfly" (Dance interlude)
14. "Red Blooded Woman" / "Where the Wild Roses Grow"
15. "Slow"
16. "Kids"

Act Five: Dreams
17. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
18 "Come into My World"
19. "Chocolate"
20. "I Believe in You"
21. "Dreams (Impossible Princess)"

Act Six: Pop Paradiso
22. "Burning Up" / "Vogue"
23. "The Loco-Motion"
24. "I Should Be So Lucky"
25. "Hand on Your Heart"

Act Seven: Dance of the Cybermen
26. "Can't Get You Out of My Head"
27. "Light Years" / "Turn It into Love"

Encore
28. "Especially For You"
29. "Love at First Sight"

Notes

• The original plan for the show was that Kylie would reprise the show from Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour, using the same running order and the same costumes; but she felt both physically and mentally that she couldn't go back there, so the show was therefore changed to accommodate her.

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
Leg 1 - Australia
11 November 2006 Sydney Australia Sydney Entertainment Centre
12 November 2006
14 November 2006
17 November 2006 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
18 November 2006
20 November 2006
23 November 2006 Sydney Acer Arena
24 November 2006
26 November 2006
30 November 2006 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
1 December 2006
4 December 2006 Perth Burswood Dome
5 December 2006
7 December 2006
10 December 2006 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
11 December 2006
13 December 2006
14 December 2006
16 December 2006
17 December 2006
Leg 2 - United Kingdom
31 December 2006 London England Wembley Arena
2 January 2007
3 January 2007
5 January 2007
6 January 2007
8 January 2007
9 January 2007
12 January 2007 Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena
13 January 2007
18 January 2007
19 January 2007
21 January 2007
22 January 2007
23 January 2007

Show cancellations

On 13 January 2007 at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England, Minogue was forced to end her concert after performing for an hour due to illness. Minogue's spokesman later confirmed that she had been diagnosed with a respiratory tract infection. Two additional scheduled performances at the Manchester Evening News Arena were postponed and rescheduled at the end of January 2007.

Box office score data

Venue City Tickets available / sold Gross Revenue
Sydney Entertainment Centre Sydney 34,774 / 34,774 (100%) $2,963,147
Brisbane Entertainment Centre Brisbane 35,574 / 37,884 (94%) $3,354,548
Acer Arena Sydney 51,852 / 51,852 (100%) $4,963,147
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Adelaide 21,583 / 22,411 (96%) $2,369,124
Burswood Dome Perth 36,774 / 38,774 (95%) $3,554,147
Rod Laver Arena Melbourne 76,526 / 76,526 (100%) $7,578,217
Wembley Arena London 78,526 / 78,526 (100%) $7,578,217
Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester 100,072 / 100,072 (100%) $7,976,089
TOTAL 411,720 / 415,056(99.2%) $40,111,034

Personnel

  • Executive Producer: Kylie Minogue and Terry Blamey
  • Creative Director and Designer: William Baker
  • Musical Producer: Steve Anderson
  • Production Manager: Kevin Hopgood
  • Production Design: Alan MacDonald
  • Costumes designed by: John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld, Dolce & Gabbana, Addae Gaskin, Gareth Pugh and Matthew Williamson for Emilio Pucci
  • Jewellery by: Bvlgari
  • Shoes by: Manolo Blahnik and Dolce & Gabbana
  • Millinery: Stephen Jones
  • Choreography: Rafael Bonachela, Akram Khan and Michael Rooney
  • Tour Manager: Sean Fitzpatrick
  • Drums: Andrew Small
  • Keyboards: Steve Turner
  • Bass: Chris Brown
  • Guitar: Mark Jaimes
  • Backing vocals: Valerie Etienne, Hazel Fernandez and Janet Ramus
  • Dance Captain: Annoulka Yanminchev
  • Dancers: Jason Beitel, Marco Da Silva, Jamie Karitzis, Alan Lambie, Welly Locoh Donou, *Claire Meehan, Jason Piper, Nikoletta Rafaelisova, Andile Sotiya, Nikki Trow, Rachel Yau
  • The acrobat: Terry Kvasnik
  • Choreographers: Rafael Bonachela, Akram Khan and Michael Rooney