Kylie, Liverpool Echo Arena, 03/10/2018

Bringing her Golden tour to Liverpool, pop legend Kylie Minogue doesn’t miss a beat at the Echo Arena. Tom Massam writes.

October 3rd is mostly well known for ‘International Mean Girls Day.’ And seeing as it fell on Wednesday this year, it’s obligatory to wear pink right? Well, not necessarily if you’re going to Kylie Minogue’s Golden Tour at the Liverpool Echo Arena. It seems something sparkly might be better to wear.

But of course the Australian songstress must have remembered ‘International Mean Girls Day,’ as she arrives onstage in a bold pink dress, with bold vocals to match for the song “Golden“, after which both the tour and her most recent album are named.

She then takes her Liverpudlian fans (aka her ‘Lovers’) down memory lane with a load of her greatest hits, including “Get Outta My Way“, “Better the Devil You Know“, and the classic collaboration with Jason DonovanEspecially for You“.

However, what really stands out is Miss Minogue’s transition from a disco pop to country sound with the Golden album, released back in April 2018. After ending her engagement to British actor Joshua Sasse last year, Kylie isn’t afraid to ditch the disco ball and bare it all with this new era. We learn that heartbreak can often take KylieA Lifetime to Repair“, a song that is ironically upbeat, and how music can be the medicine that repairs a broken heart when you simply put the “Radio On“. A song about the Minogue family has even scraped it into the Golden era-“Shelby 68“, a sweet little country ode to Kylie’s father who drives a car of the same name (well, technically it’s pronounced ’68 Shelby’). Then, even when Kylie goes back to her pop-infused masterpiece “Can’t Get You Outta My Head“, she gives it a remix with a guitar instrumental of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain“,
It’s therefore no wonder we call Kylie “Our Adopted National Sweetheart”.

That infectious smile and personality doesn’t ever fade “On a Night like This” (no pun intended). Liverpool is reminded of her unbreakable gay icon status with “All the Lovers” and “Raining Glitter“, as well as her love for Liverpool when she reveals ‘Liverpool Lovers’ is emblazoned on the back of her denim jacket. After all these years in the music industry, Kylie still inspires us to keep on “Dancing“, as she brings the show to a glittering end that makes me want to re-live it all over again!

Words by Tom Massam, photography by Andrew Whitton Photography.

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