MELBOURNE, Australia – Pop star Kylie Minogue will complete the world tour she called off a year ago after being diagnosed with breast cancer with a series of concerts in Australia later this year, her Australian tour manager said Thursday.
The shock diagnosis interrupted the Australian-born star's biggest global tour, and her return to the stage after undergoing cancer treatment has been highly anticipated in her home country and her longtime base in London.
Frontier Touring Company managing director Michael Gudinski popped a champagne cork at a media event to announce the Australian shows, saying he had just returned from meetings with Kylie in London.
"She's definitely through the worst of everything, she's so determined and she can't wait to see you all," Gudinski said. "Obviously she's still got a few mountains to climb, but we're very, very confident that the tour will be going ahead in November."
Kylie, a 2004 Grammy award winner, had completed dates on her "The Showgirl Tour" in Europe and was heading to Australia for homecoming concerts when she was diagnosed with cancer in May last year.
She underwent surgery to remove a lump from her breast and is reportedly still undergoing cancer treatment.
Gudinski said the Nov. 11-Dec. 17 concert series in Australia's state capitals would be renamed the "Showgirl Homecoming" tour and that Kylie's work commitments would be lighter because of her illness.
"We're going to take as much pressure as we can," off her, he said.