It Sounds Like Kylie’s Really Doing a U.S. Tour (& Extending ‘Tension,’ Again)

A likely thing for the most giving pop star on the planet to do.

Kylie Minogue, The One True Kylie™, has had an absolutely incredible year: from causing Padamonium on the Internet, to breaking the Tension, to kicking off her Las Vegas residency, to becoming a Grammy Award nominee once again…among a million other feats, really.

Now, she’s teasing the idea of that long-demanded U.S. tour, and sounding way more assuring that it’s happening than ever before. (She’s got to be, got to be certain…)

During an appearance on The Jennifer Hudson Show this week – which is surreal enough of a sentence as it is, mind you – the “Cruise Control” crooner kinda-sorta spilled the beans on plans to tour stateside, which she hasn’t properly done since the Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour 13 years ago.

“I would love to, yes,” she said as JHud asked whether she’d hit the road post-Vegas.

“Yes. I haven’t got the dates yet, but we’re working on it,” she added. “I will not let you down.”

As for whether it’ll be “a big one” or “intimate,” she simply said: “I don’t know. We have to wait and see.” (Famous pop star words.)

Obviously, it would be a dream for Kylie to head back out on the road in any capacity (we haven’t had one since Golden!), but it would be especially exciting in full razzle-dazzle fashion, big production mode. She’s obviously had some incredible tour runs over the years, and the U.S. is long overdue some major spectacle from our Mighty Aphrodite. (We were sadly cheated of the fountain waterworks during Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour, and I’m still bitter about it.)

And there’s even more good reason to tour: not only did we get Tension last September, plus the deluxe edition, and the bonus deluxe edition (we still need “Heavenly Body” and “Drum” on streaming, Team KM), followed by the extended mix edition Extension, but now it appears we’re getting even more Tension very soon. (Tension: The Extension: The Re-Extended Edition, perhaps?)

At the end of her Variety interview about the success of “Padam Padam” and her Grammy nomination, there was a tiny-but-crucial morsel casually thrown into the ending: “But with the Grammys, the back half of the residency and an expanded rerelease of Tension due in the coming months, ‘Padam Padam’ feels less a culmination of her career than the beginning of a new chapter.”

Tension, further extended for our pleasure? A likely thing for the most giving pop star on the planet to do.

We already know she’s got at least one new song on the way: Sia is about to drop her new single “Dance Alone” featuring Kylie on February 7, ahead of her own 2024 studio album, Reasonable Woman.

Kylie sneakily teased a first listen of the still-unreleased track as people waited for her to hit the stage during one of her most recent Voltaire residency dates, which was mercifully captured and unleashed onto Stan Twitter ahead of time. (It sounds great, unsurprisingly.)

So there you have it: a U.S. tour kinda-sorta confirmed, an additional expanded serving of Tension, plus a new single dropping this month. Is there a fanbase more consistently well-fed than the Lovers? I think not.

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