Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Front Page - Kylie Minogue’s Golden Tour starts March 5, 2019. Tick­ets are on sale from No­vem­ber 19; visit fron­tier­tour­

[sis­ter Dan­nii] and I turned out the way we did… Well, Mum was a bal­le­rina, she’s got that per­for­mance side in her some­where. But their avoid­ing of the spot­light does take some ef­fort.”

With Dan­nii jug­gling mu­sic and TV ca­reers, brother Bren­dan (who has two chil­dren) has taken more of a role in the busi­ness side of his sis­ters’ ca­reers. The Minogues are known as one of the most closely knit fam­i­lies in Aus­tralian en­ter­tain­ment. “I have known those girls all their lives,” fam­ily friend Tina Arena tells Stel­lar. “We’ve all been fa­mous, re­ally, since we were kids. They’ve got a very good re­la­tion­ship with their fam­ily and their craft. You need good sup­port around you.”

Minogue’s for­mer teenage boyfriend Dono­van re­cently joined her at Hyde Park in Lon­don for a tele­vised con­cert where they per­formed their mil­lion-sell­ing duet ‘Es­pe­cially For You’, which turns 30 this month and was recorded when they were still keep­ing their re­la­tion­ship a se­cret. The low-main­te­nance Dono­van, who still reg­u­larly tours the UK as well as do­ing ra­dio work, cy­cled to the con­cert. “I had this chin-stroking mo­ment,” Minogue re­calls. “Ja­son is com­ing, would he want to sing ‘Es­pe­cially For You’? We were do­ing it in the show, any­way; we had a gospel choir sing­ing it. When he ar­rived on his bike, I asked him to sing with me and told him there was zero pres­sure if he didn’t want to. He was such a good sport. We had a quick warm up back­stage and peo­ple were creep­ing into the room to have a lis­ten. If we’d ar­ranged it all be­fore­hand, it wouldn’t have been that gen­uine. It blew peo­ple’s minds.”

Dono­van, who also turned 50 this year, made head­lines re­cently for re­ported bawdy com­ments about Minogue in his lat­est UK tour. “Ja­son did text me about that,” she says. “I didn’t even hear any­thing about it un­til he men­tioned it. I just said, ‘Oh god, don’t worry.’ You have to ap­pre­ci­ate some­one’s hu­mour.”

While Minogue tours Golden, she is also still work­ing on a mu­si­cal that would be based on her ca­reer and use her songs. “Ev­ery­one said, ‘It takes a long time to make a mu­si­cal,’ and true enough, it’s tak­ing a long time,” she says. “There’s been quite a bit of work, up to a ta­ble read where you fig­ure out what’s right and what’s not right, but it’s still at the draw­ing-board stage.”

In the mean­time, the tour will reach Aus­tralia next year, and she is plan­ning to play a mix of in­door and out­door shows for the first time as part of her plan to try new venues. “To use the foot­ball anal­ogy, I can hon­estly say I’ve never toured where I’ve left noth­ing on the pitch like I have on this tour. I re­ally en­joy ev­ery mo­ment of this show. I’ve found my­self do­ing things I’ve never done be­fore, which hap­pened re­ally or­gan­i­cally.

“Vo­cally it’s been lots of fun.through mak­ing the al­bum I’ve dis­cov­ered new areas of my voice and new ways of de­liv­ery. I guess it’s ma­tur­ing into my­self, too. It feels good. It’s a big show. And a big sing. I’ve thrown ev­ery­thing at it and I love it.”

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