Last Night: Kylie Minogue at Verizon Theatre

Kylie Minogue
Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
May 18, 2011

Better than:
Tuesday Karaoke night at the Cedar Rapids Holiday Inn where the cocktail special is that they have cocktails.

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Rachel Parker
Kylie Minogue's show last night was something of a production. For more photos, check out the slideshow.
The drinks were fruity. The guys were hot. And the atmosphere was Saturday night at a fabulous gay dance club, complete with black lights, balloons and boas. No, this wasn't some scene on Cedar Springs (despite the fact that almost the entire audience was made up of gorgeous gay men.) It was Kylie Minogue, 42, playing Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie last night.

And, from the very beginning, you know you are watching a show not a concert: The stage is set with a second, upper level filled with a series of Greek columns, behind which different videos play throughout the night. For just over two hours, it's scene after sometimes indecipherable scene of hunky boys, sexy girls, themed backdrops, and costumes that are just this side of bizarre.

Minogue comes on stage by rising from the "ocean" in a shell looking every bit like Botticelli's The Birth of Venus. She's dressed as a Greek goddess, with gold wings in her hair and sparkly gold sandals with laces tied up her leg. Makes sense: Tour is called Aphrodite Live, and all. Male dancers dressed as gladiators in gold, complete with shields dance onstage around her while animated Grecian pottery friezes play on the screen.

The dramatics are a bit cheesy, silly even. But they match the simple lyrics of the music. It's like a very peculiar karaoke fantasy. The strange thing is that Minogue simply doesn't seem to be into it. At all.

She is gorgeous and her make-up is impeccable (even on the big screen) but she seems downright bored. It's almost like she doesn't need to be there at all. The whole thing feel like an elaborate end-of-the-summer camp show, which she has no idea she's starring in. Just a pretty face along for the ride, sleepwalking.

The theater, meanwhile, is packed. It feels like being at S4, if S4 had a stage show. Every song is exactly the same with heavy bass and a great beat for dancing.

Finally, Minogue perks up: She channels Jessica Rabbit and starts fondling the mic suggestively. She all but performs an orgasm on stage and then, well, if you could pleasure a microphone, she was doing it.

For the first three quarters of the show it looked liked Minogue was just phoning it in. She was gorgeous. The scenes were at least mildly interesting. But she seemed like she was just going through the motions. Looking more like she was lip-synching than singing. Not that the audience cared. They danced and cooed and cheered from opening to closing number.

Then things turn. Minogue came alive. She went from beautiful statue to gorgeous entertainer.

"Dallas!" she screams, and everyone cheers.

She seems like she's really there. Finally.

She teases the audience about being "repeat offenders" for having come to see her more than once and even recognizes an envelope with her kiss on it from an "Out" magazine contest that an audience member is waving above his head.

"You want me to kiss that for you again?" she asks him, giggling.

She's like a whole new girl.

She asks for requests: "It's just you and me, you know," she says as all of her dancers have left the stage. In the standing room only "pit" section of the theater directly in front of the stage, she spots four guys in the front row all wearing t-shirts that read, "Your Disco Needs You," the name of one of her songs it turns out.

"Is that OK?" she asks the audience. They cheer in reply.

She's actually much better alone without the silly dramatics, which aren't big enough (think Gaga) to be cool. Without all the dancers and crazy costumes, she dances and goofs off with the audience. She's sweet. And she sings. This is a Kylie to love.

And one that loves back: "Dallas, I love you. Good night."

The crowd is absolutely buzzing. It's clear that they got exactly what they came for.

Critic's Notebook
Personal Bias:
I got nothin'. (Except for the chorus to Can't Get You Outta My Head. Na na na na na na na na...)

By The Way: A Kylie-possessed, 40-something female fan with no rhythm but a heck of a lot of enthusiasm twisted her hips for the whole two-hour show in the row in front of me. It was bad, but in a really endearing way that I couldn't help but notice.

Random Note: The guy two seats down from me -- a reviewer, presumably, based on the notepad, pen, and frantic scribbling -- yelled, "I love her!" emphatically at least three times during the show.

Another Random Note: There was no line for the women's bathroom. None.

Location Info

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Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, TX

Category: Music


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35 comments
Utxgrey
Utxgrey

I think Your ABSOLUTELY CRAZY!!! I was so excited to see her and you clearly don't know her fan base!! PERIOD....get it together!!

Jason
Jason

First off, I am embarrassed at these comments.  I feel like I've fallen into the depths of a Yahoo! comment section.  

Second, am I mis-reading what she wrote above?  This didn't seem like an overly negative review.  It just seems like one person's perception of the show, and coming from a person who is not a huge fan.  

And, to the "writer" from Chicago.  I am really embarrassed by you.  Do you make it a habit to troll fellow writers' articles and criticize them?  That's just weird.  

who died and made you...
who died and made you...

Ms. Block, what can Kylie Minogue do differently going forward to please you during her show?  I am sure that is what she is thinking right this minute. 

Let me guess...

First issue, she sang live, that was her biggest mistake. Haven't we been conditioned to expect pop stars to rely on back tracks and lip syncing?  Second, how dare she take this elaborate production and put it on the 2x4 stages at the venues.  Should we have just got a mic and a stool for the price of admission?  Third, she didn't fall or have audio issues, I guess her falling would have been more "news worthy" and made a better headline "40-something Aussie pop star bites dust..."  Fourth, I can't think of any, sex tape maybe?  I just read a headline about Kylie's exboyfriend brining his new girlfriend, Halle Berry, to a show in CA. Now that, I guess would have made a better story. 

The reaction of the crowd tells a bigger story, and from their response I think this show deserves an A+

I was in attendance and was quite please with the performance. Her vocals were phenominal and on point. That may be that "phoning it in" you got from her.  It is not that easy to sing, breathe, stand or even move and stay on time.  Bravo, Ms. Minogue! 

The view expressed in this comment are my opinion and no way a reflection on the whole Kylie fan base and I am not responsible for spelling and punctuation errors. 

Jim
Jim

Honestly, as a writer and reviewer for Chicago-based publications, this is not only a badly composed review, but an uninformed one too.  It appears as if Ms. Block spent more time looking at the homosexuality around her and not really figuring out who or what Kylie Minogue is.  As a writer, it's your job to come prepped and she did not. 

Next time, try being a writer first and an uninformed critic second.

Dan2die4
Dan2die4

 Monogue???????????? Says it all really!!! If you can't even spell the name of the act you're supposedly reviewing then what hope have you got for the rest of it?? Dumb bitch!

Avenged_desire32
Avenged_desire32

 Jenny Block? What are you, a J.Lo fan? How sad. Clearly, the reviewer doesn't understand what a show can be. So what if it was dramatic and cheesy? It's called having fun! There doesn't have to be a stupid message involved or someone trying to change the world like the annoying Lady GagMe. Ugh.

Coleman
Coleman

There's a whole lot of butthurt going on in this comment thread. 

Evan
Evan

The music sounded great, and the costume changes were awesome. Oh, you weren't talking about Of Montreal? Nevermind.

doogie
doogie

Wow, I'm really surprised by the vitriol that's coming out in the comments.  I don't think Kylie would be pleased.  Different people experience things in different ways...

My first thought was that Jenny and I weren't at the same show on Wednesday night.  But after a little reflection, I have to say that while I don't disagree with her observations, I can understand how she arrived at them.  Perhaps it's just part of being a gay man going to see Kylie... by default, I think she can do no wrong.

I too noticed how fabulous her makeup was on the big screen, but my favorite observation was the fact that there wasn't a line for the women's restroom.  Priceless!

Cody
Cody

This is the worst review I have ever read for a concert! Alot of your facts are wrong and you obviously have bad taste! I don't think you were qualified at all to write such a concert review on one of the worlds most famous pop stars!!

Patrck
Patrck

 Don't write anything about music and vocal when you know nothing. She is the best singer in music , not only pop but in all music scene , she has a soprano voice , she could sing opera but she isn't man dona or gaga that doesnt sing live and dance very bad, moving like hysterical on stage doesen't mean dancing. Kylie has the best vocal in the world , she could sing opera and dance ballet.

Mexibooty
Mexibooty

Best Freaking concert ever!!!! And I've seen pop royalty like Madonna and Janet Jackson in concert...Kylie is unmatchable...We don't need some low life writer of the "prestigious" Dallas Observer to tell us otherwise....

GL
GL

Oh My Goodness, Dallas's got lots of brainless writers. This is so embarrassing. Do research before you write.

Mike Farrell
Mike Farrell

Kylie is without a doubt the best performer today. She doesnt need shock tactics (like Gaga) to get your attention (and always falling down during her shows). She also sings live the entire time (not like Brit the Muppet) and actually takes time to acknowledge the crowd (not like Madge). I can spot a true artist when I see one. The show was AMAZING and if you didnt feel the energy, you must be pretty blah. Think Gaga? I ve been to her Monster Ball, and for someone thats supposed to be so creative, I wasnt impressed at all. I saw Kylie in NY and DC and this is why she comes here, its the energy.

Mark4310
Mark4310

The rest of the tour has had rave reviews. Me thinks the reviewer saw five minutes then slopped off for a few beers. Pity the show got better and better. The costume changes were amazing. No gold hot pants but who cares she is a goddess......

mike
mike

GET SOME ASS BITCH U BITTER PERSON HATER PARTY OF ONE!

KM
KM

if you knew anything about Kylie Minogue you'd know that this is how her tours/concerts operate.  she does her own makeup b/c that's how she gets into the character.  it's a performance.  in this case, she's a goddess.  the goddess of beauty, love, and sexuality. in turn, Kylie is picturesque, sensual, floating around the stage effortlessly, and being pampered by her supporting cast.  she nailed it and you missed it.  she always addresses her audience towards the end and is genuinely sweet.  you want over the top theatrics/props like another artist?  maybe u should of seen the european/australian version of this tour.  there's fountains on stage, water jet catwalks, and she flies across the audience.  try studying before taking your tests.  but i have a feeling you'll remain like the rest of the uneducated americans that only know her for her ' la la la' (not na na na btw) song...

AK
AK

It should be Kylie Minogue, not Monogue at the top of the review.

PT
PT

The dramatics are a bit cheesy, silly even. But they match the simple lyrics of the music. It's like a very peculiar karaoke fantasy. The strange thing is that Minogue simply doesn't seem to be into it. At all.

Um...HELLO?  Were u even @ the same concert I was?!  You're obviously, NOT a Kylie fan!   She got great reviews everywhere else!!  I think she did a wonderful job.   Your review is simply YOUR opinion and you know what they say about opinions and everybody having one....

Ashley S
Ashley S

this is my favourite comment

Evan
Evan

bigger crybabies - kylie fans or moody blues fans?

Ashley S
Ashley S

I'm a straight female and I think Kylie, and all that she does, is flawless....

JWV
JWV

 you should really read the Dallas Morning News review...it does the show justice --- in addition, i believe strong that if she "phoned it in" that her fans would have noticed and not responded so viciously against your friend --- it's a poor review and you know it - she did no research into an artist she was going to see and it shows - stop defending her and teach her to do her job better

Coleman
Coleman

maybe if Kylie Minogue was actually good and not just a dried up b-lister working her way to a permanent gig in Vegas, people who aren't rabid fans would know a few more of her songs. 

anthony
anthony

 Kylie not good...shes great! and if some of you morons would get your heads out of Gaga's butt and take time to listen to other artists such as Kylie you'd think different, but that's fine, stick to what you know...a ugly, unoriginal, copycat sickly looking drag queen!

Nope
Nope

She's one of the most successful, most iconic pop stars out there -- more than 68 million album sales, 35 top ten singles, she's a multiple award-winner and has been honoured by the British and French governments for her services to music and culture. Last year she was the first solo artist in the UK to have number one albums across four decades.

She may have rabid fans but your comment is just as aggressive and in this case, completely wrong.

JWV
JWV

 I would not consider Mr. Lopez being in "good company" Jenny...his review was subpar at best...mayhaps, you want to read the Dallas Morning News review and then consider what company you are in --- to even SUGGEST she was lip syncing is deplorable --- in addition, "which apparently is one of her songs," shows just how clueless you were to show ---- please please please!!! do some sort of RESEARCH into an artist before you review them; otherwise, you make yourself look to be a fool --- in addition, to the Dallas Observer NEVER send a girl to do a QUEEN'S job

Anthony
Anthony

 WOW! you must be a lip syncing, meat wearing, incubating in an egg fan! You really need to learn what true pop music is. And yes, this may be your job and your opinions (no matter how idiotic they are) ...but really! You sure are a cruel, mean and nasty person!

Bgonzo
Bgonzo

Woah, I guess you and Rich were at the same show; it just wasn't the one I was at. Who posted first?

Atom63
Atom63

Sounds to me like you're just another clueless American female who think's anything that isn't from America can't be any good. Get out and travel the world, expand your horizons. Please.

Coleman
Coleman

Hey, not my fault that Europe has lower standards for their pop artists than the United States. Britain in particular gave the world COLDPLAY, so excuse me if I'm a little less than impressed

dallas homo
dallas homo

I don't agree with Jenny's opinion on this one, but as her friend I can assure you that there is no one who is better travelled or who has broader horizons! 

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