Kylie’s nod to her 80s beginnings

Kylie and Jason Donovan reunite at the O2. Photo: Ian West/PA Photos
Kylie and Jason Donovan reunite at the O2. Photo: Ian West/PA Photos

It’s a curse of modern life that whenever you ask someone how they are, they say they’re ‘busy’.

A bit of a nothing answer, really, up there with the typically British stock responses of ‘fine thanks’ and ‘not so bad’. An exception can perhaps be made in the case of Kylie Minogue, who answers the question by saying she’s “busy busy busy” (at least it’s not ‘lucky, lucky, lucky’...).

The 46-year-old on tour, so it’s easy to imagine her schedule being pretty packed.

The tour will be the first time she’s taken songs from Kiss Me Once, the album she released in March this year, out on the road. She’s performed a couple of them before, but with a backing track, rather than the full live band that’ll accompany her on tour.

There’ll be six songs from Kiss Me Once, a further 18 from the remainder of her career, including a medley or two (“I do love a medley”), a couple of unexpected covers and, perhaps most exciting for pop fans, a full section of her Eighties hits.

“We’ve got access to the actual PWL sounds,” Kylie reveals, referring to - for those not up on their Eighties pop - Pete Waterman Ltd, home to artists in the Stock, Aitken and Waterman songwriting and production stable.

Kylie was among their first breakthrough names, followed by the likes of Rick Astley, Jason Donovan, Sinitta and Bananarama.

“We’ve worked closely with them to get the recordings, and it’s just brilliant,” says Kylie. “You’re going to hear sounds that you haven’t heard since the Eighties. They’re not all in the same key, though,” she adds, noting that she can’t quite hit the high notes of I Should Be So Lucky any more.

“Better The Devil You Know comes down a semitone, too. If I was doing it once, it’d be fine, but night after night, it’s a lot of strain to get up there. To almost all ears, they will sound the same.”