It was at Sydney Mardi Gras in the late 80s when Kylie Minogue first saw a Kylie drag queen. “I was very touched, very excited, very curious as to what it was,” she told Fenuxe. “And it’s been a love affair ever since.”
The love affair between Minogue and the gay community will be on full display as she brings her Aphrodite tour through 17 exclusive North American cities. She lands at The Fox Theatre on May 6 for a show that’s got Atlanta’s gays buzzing like a swarm of rainbow-colored bees.
Minogue is looking forward to playing the U.S. again after her electric 2009 For You, For Me tour. “The energy and the passion of the audience was just out of control,” she says.
The thought of trying to match and exceed that energy and passion with an extravagant, grand live show can be stressful. A pre-show shot of scotch helps, she jokes. The moments backstage before facing her audience are transformative.
“Those last few minutes before it’s time to make the walk to the stage are like walking through the Narnia closet,” she says. “You change from being the person you woke up as to the person that people are expecting to see.”
Minogue is looking forward to her time in America for several reasons besides the rabid fans. One reason is a bit unexpected.
“I love a good, crappy American diner,” she says. “I don’t know why. I’m not really a junk food consumer. Something just makes you want a stack of pancakes when you’re in the States.”
She also appreciates having a little more anonymity here so she can walk around without being recognized all the time.
Minogue will be playing smaller venues in the U.S., so it won’t be the same production as on her European tour, but not to worry. “We’re bringing everything that we can squeeze into the venue. It’s a massive spectacle,” she says.
So the spirit of the shows will stay the same, including plenty for her gay fans to appreciate. While she says she doesn’t segregate her gay audience from her straight audience when planning her shows, she does admit some conscious decisions.
“If we’re talking about boys in little tiny toga outfits and sequins and hot pants, we make an allowance and say, ‘Okay, I think the boys are going to like that,’” she says.
May 6, 2011
The Fox Theatre