Comeback Kylie gets rapturous welcome in Sydney
Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue has made a triumphant comeback to the stage after recovering from breast cancer.Updated: Nov 12, 2006 11:32 IST
Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue has made a triumphant comeback to the stage after recovering from breast cancer, wowing a sold-out Sydney crowd at the start of her "
Eighteen months after the shock diagnosis forced the former soap opera star to cancel the Australian leg of her "Showgirl" tour, the 38-year-old Minogue shimmered in sequins and feathers at an emotional concert late on Saturday.
Australian newspapers were unanimous Sunday in their verdict that the show was a stand-out success for the diminutive popster, whose battle with cancer has been closely followed in her home country.
She won a huge welcome and a standing ovation from thousands of devoted fans as she rose on a platform at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in an elaborate, yet skimpy pink outfit adorned with feathers.
Apparently choked with emotion at her reception, the 2004 Grammy winner paused for a moment before kicking off the show with her classic hit "Better The Devil You Know".
This was followed by "In Your Eyes" and other favourites including "A Night Like This", "Shocked" and "Confide In Me".
The dance routines in Minogue's first show since her illness were noticeably less rigorous than before, the Sun-Herald noted, but still sent fans into raptures.
Emotion got the better of her again as she prepared for an encore, choking up as she dedicated "Especially for You" to her father, Ron, who was in the audience with other family members.
Minogue had surgery for breast cancer in Melbourne in May 2005, followed by a course of chemotherapy in Paris where her French actor boyfriend, Olivier Martinez, has a home.
During her recovery she wrote a children's book, "The Showgirl Princess" and launched her own perfume called "Darling".
After Sydney, Minogue and her Showgirl troupe will travel to Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth before heading back to Europe to perform in Britain from January 2.
First Published: Nov 12, 2006 11:32 IST