All photos taken with a steady hand and my 70-200mm f/4 lens and Canon 5D DSLR camera.
When I told my mates I was going to see Kylie all I got was ridicule, but I didn’t let that dampen my excitement. I grew up watching Kylie on Australian soap Neighbours and listening to her records back in the 1980s, but I’ve never seen her perform till now. I figured she won’t be touring for much longer so I decided to get the best tickets available, which also meant I was able to capture some pretty decent photographs which are proudly displayed here.
She played one night at Shanghai’s Hong Kou Foorball Stadium on Saturday night, her first full length concert here as part of her KylieX2008 world tour that started in Paris in May and ends in Melbourne, her birth place, on 22nd December.
I seem to have bad luck at concerts. The last one I went to about a year ago, the girl in the row in front decided to sit on the arm rest between her seat and her boyfriend’s seat. Because the arm rest is higher than the seat, she blocked my entire view for the entire concert. This time, the girl in front of me decided she was going to stand on her chair, which again left me with nothing but a view of her big behind. After about 20 minutes I had to tell her to get off the chair and to her credit she did so without too much fuss, although she must have known she was blocking my view even before I said anything.
The concert was more of a show than a concert, with several different acts and costume changes and a huge screen in the background that produced dazzling graphics to match the different sections. Kylie ran through some old familiar hits interspersed by songs from her current album, X, which the tour is named after.
She ended the encore section with her 1987 hit I Should Be So Lucky, which brought me back in time (as well as a lump to my throat) and the more recent but equally popular Love At First Sight (2002).
She may not be the best singer on the planet but she’s so much more down to earth, less pretentious and less of a diva than quite a few others I could mention (Mariah!), and for that, I love you Kylie. (Incidently, she was born in the same year – and month – as me, hitting the 40 year milestone last May and I must say, she looks pretty good for someone who’s knocking on the front door of middle age!)
For those of you in Beijing, she’s playing the Beijing Workers’ Stadium tonight before moving on to Taipei on 4th December, her last Asian stop.