admin – Cherworld.com – Cher Photos, Music, Tour & Tickets http://www.cherworld.com Mon, 08 Oct 2018 00:40:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cher delivers the Album of her life with Dancing Queen http://www.cherworld.com/cher-abba-album/cher-delivers-the-album-of-her-life-with-dancing-queen/ http://www.cherworld.com/cher-abba-album/cher-delivers-the-album-of-her-life-with-dancing-queen/#comments Wed, 03 Oct 2018 08:21:46 +0000 http://www.cherworld.com/?p=8831 Poised to enter up the top of the Billboard 200 charts Cher has delivered what could be the most successful the album of her life at the ripe age of 72 "Dancing Queen".

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Poised to enter up the top of the Billboard 200 charts Cher has delivered what could be the most successful the album of her life at the ripe age of 72 “Dancing Queen”.   A stunning collection of ABBA songs that have been tweaked, pulled, popped, moulded and auto tuned to transform your average 1970s disco ball into an 🌏 shattering glitter 💣 explosion 🎊.  The one constant throughout is the powerhouse voice which has resonated through generations and represents everything that is everlasting and timeless.

From the second ‘Dancing Queen’ powers into their ear drums 🎶 listeners are presented with music royalty.  With a career spanning over 50 years Cher commands your immediate attention.  Replacing the sweet and innocent Agnetha is a self assured, fiercely independent, feisty, no nonsense, passionate and mature voice exclaiming “You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life” 💃

The party continues with Cher’s colourful rendition of 🥁 ‘Mamma Mia’ which takes the song to dizzying new levels with high intensity xylophones and attitude to match. ‘Waterloo’ crashes the party with an electric vibe and “My My” hard to surrender the urge to pickup whatever is in sight & just dance.  Cher delivers an epic ballad with ‘SOS’ and a massive adrenaline pump of empowerment wrapped up in uplifting sadness 😭 “When you’re gone How can I even try to go on?”

‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!’ is the #1 club track on the album featuring all the heavy vocal processing and disco beat from Believe 💿 heyday with producer Mark Taylor. While Cher’s love ❤ life may be a little bleak and she unassumingly declares “a man is not a necessity … a man is a luxury”.. I bet she secretly sings this track in the pouring rain☔.  Cher shows that while you can’t escape the cheesy Europop of the originals she provides an intuitive, intelligent interpretation which makes these classics her own.

From the opening cords 🎸 ‘Chiquita’ will capture you heart and with her husky resonating vibrato Cher assures listeners “you will have no time for grieving’.  Reminding us of Dov’è l’amore this track captures the bitter-sweet quality so central to the lyrics.  Cher’s treatment of ‘The Name Of The Game’ takes us back to the under appreciated artist of the late 1970s early 1980’s aka I Paralyze. With a kind of cheeky attitude Cher becomes a “bashful child” once more however one can’t help notice her vocal range has been aided with a few pull, prods, nips and ✂ tucks. ‘Fernando’ Cher’s feature song from Mamma Mia Here We Go Again movie is delivered in operatic flourishes. While Cher sings from the heart I am sure she doesn’t agree with this verse  “Now we’re old and grey…”.

The most electric 💕 pumping song on the album is “The Winner Takes It All” which catapults us to the peak of the ⛰ mountain…  atop sits Cher left alone to play and experiment with the sound mixer🎹.  The lyrics hauntingly resonate through the peaks and troughs.  “The gods may throw a dice.  Their minds as cold as ice”.  With two firm feet on the ground Cher cements her position in pop immortality.

Probably the biggest miss on the album is the last track.  Cher’s voice seems to go off on a different tangent 📈📉 during ‘One of Us’ and while raw and strong struggles when unaccompanied by an equally powerful backing track to match.  ‘One of Us’ tries desperately to trigger heart strings and turn on the 😢 water works.  Whether it succeeds or turns into a whiny mess is in the eye of the beholder.   In my eyes the song lacks authenticity because this fiery old battleaxe isn’t going to mope around over a lost love in bed all day.  No this unapologetic bitch will rise up and conquer a new💪.

So what is your Granny 👵 doing tonight?  Certainly not pumping up a storm on the dance floor or recording what could be one of the most successful albums of 2018.  Cher dedicates this album to her 90 odd year old mother Georgia but “Does Your Mother know”?

So the elephant 🐘 in the room inevitably asks Dancing Queen II are we on? ‘💰 💰 💰’  a dedication to Trump,  ‘I Have a Dream’ of a new set list, ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ it will take 10 years, ‘Take A Chance on Me’ would be extra glitter on the disco ball.

Science may never be able to tell us who the first person on 🌎 was however in the music world the last one standing will be Cher.

‘When All is Said and Done’ ‘Thank-You for the Music’ 🐂🥀

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Here We Go More of the Same Deja vu in Brisbane http://www.cherworld.com/cher-here-we-go-again-tour/here-we-go-more-of-the-same-dejavu-in-brisbane/ http://www.cherworld.com/cher-here-we-go-again-tour/here-we-go-more-of-the-same-dejavu-in-brisbane/#comments Sun, 30 Sep 2018 11:10:29 +0000 http://www.cherworld.com/?p=8817 Being the ultimate Diva means you have nothing left to prove and Cher is sticking to the same tried and tested recipe when it comes to her Here We Go Again Tour. 

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Being the ultimate Diva means you have nothing left to prove and Cher is sticking to the same tried and tested recipe when it comes to her Here We Go Again Tour.  The budget was wearing thin when it came to the opening act with little known party DJ, Andrew McClelland solemnly standing on stage playing songs that should have remained over the loudspeaker as the audience had to witness and endure the most cringe worthy dance moves.

Time for Cher, the opening act extraordinaire…. Kicking off her Australian tour with a Brisbane stop the Diva descended from the ceiling miming loudly to her #MeToo anthem Woman’s World wearing bull horns and adorned in a black cape… here we go again.  Cher means business as she shuffles the floor surrounded by high energy dancers.  Next the audience witnessed a powerhouse performance of Strong Enough belted to heavy backing tracks.  The show runs like a well oiled machine as the Diva dives straight into her long winded monologue and when she forgets her place there is always the teleprompter to remind her what to say.  A hello Brisbane or acknowledgement of her Australian fans would have been nice, but the opportunity to connect with the audience is lost throughout the entire vegas style show.

The stage burst with bright lights and even brighter colours, as dancers sashayed across it. Farewell Tour recycled elephant wheeled in the nick of time to accompany the semi mimed All or Nothing, just one song is all that is needed here before Cher is again whipped away for another costume change.  The showed rolled through her usual hits along the way including I Got You Babe with Sonny Bono, Gypsies Tramps and Thieves set from Las Vegas and a politically corrected Half Breed costume which resembled a potato sack.  A magnificent mimed performance of Welcome to Burlesque allowed for a little more foot work.

Cher looked sensational in all of her outfits throughout the night as the many breaks including the usual video montages helped the 72 year old catch her breath and minimise time on stage. Her ongoing stamina is of the upmost importance to keep the tour alive as the singer kept the dancing to a minimum surrounded by her back-up army moving at speed. There were even some moments during the un-mimed songs when Cher, as all consummate live performers will do, couldn’t quite hit a high note and so held back.

For fans who have witnessed her prior tours nothing was new and fresh until her ABBA set arrived.   ‘Waterloo’ had the crowd on their feet and ‘Fernando’ had them swaying from side to side. By the time she sang the 1980s power ballad ‘I Found Someone’ the music was really pumping.  And here we go again in usual fashion the show ended with Turn Back Time and Believe in the same attire as other tours of course.

Cher reminded the audience “What’s your Granny doing tonight?” Lets think…. Quality time with family, doting over grand kids, retirement, travel, knitting?

At 72 years old Cher has created a show for the masses that has been well rehearsed over the last 15 years.  Predictable as ever for fans who have followed her every move.  As an added bonus Cher has graciously recycled her Dressed To Kill Tour program and stuck a Here We Go Again cover on top.  Ladies and Gentleman Here We Go Again,  Ca-Ching!

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Cher in good voice kicking off Aussie tour in Newcastle http://www.cherworld.com/cher-here-we-go-again-tour/cher-in-good-voice-kicking-off-aussie-tour-in-newcastle/ http://www.cherworld.com/cher-here-we-go-again-tour/cher-in-good-voice-kicking-off-aussie-tour-in-newcastle/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2018 22:52:26 +0000 http://www.cherworld.com/?p=8805 Cher kicked off her Here We Go Again Tour in Newcastle Australia singing her many hits and a few new ABBA songs, we have the tour setlist and tickets.

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Newcastle Entertainment Centre is a long way from the bright lights of Las Vegas or the star-studded Hollywood Hills but Cher gave thousands of fans a taste of the glitz and glamour on Wednesday night.

She kicked off her Australian tour in Newcastle and thrilled the capacity crowd with hit after hit – some her own, several by ABBA and one a nod to Elvis Presley in her rendition of Walking In Memphis by Mark Cohn.

She even sang I Got You Babe as a duet with Sonny Bono on the big screen. If it sounds cheesy, it wasn’t.

This was a grand spectacle of colour and dance with seamless set and costume changes. A visual feast that captivated from start to finish.

And then there was Cher herself, revealing her wit and self-deprecating sense of humour when recounting stories from the past relevant to her present.

Cher’s Here We Go Again Tour Setlist:

Woman’s World

Strong Enough

Gayatri Mantra

All or Nothing

Little Man (Sonny & Cher song)

The Beat Goes On (Sonny & Cher song)

I Got You Babe (Sonny & Cher song)

Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves Dark

Lady Half-Breed

You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me

Welcome to Burlesque

Lie to Me

Waterloo (ABBA cover)

SOS (ABBA cover)

Fernando (ABBA cover)

After All

Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley song)

Walking in Memphis

The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)

I Found Someone

If I Could Turn Back Time

Encore:

Believe

But if the sea of smiling faces still singing as they filed out of the entertainment centre is anything to go by, Cher, at 72, is a performer without peer.

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Cher talks to Australia’s Sunrise http://www.cherworld.com/cher-news/cher-talks-to-australias-sunrise/ http://www.cherworld.com/cher-news/cher-talks-to-australias-sunrise/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 20:42:42 +0000 http://www.cherworld.com/?p=8798 Cher is back in Australia for her Here We Go Again tour and dishes the dirt on her legendary career & tries local Australian ice cream.

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Cher is back in Australia for her Here We Go Again tour and dishes the dirt on her legendary career & tries local Australian ice cream.

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Sequin leotard-wearing Cher not your Grandma in NZ http://www.cherworld.com/cher-here-we-go-again-tour/sequin-leotard-wearing-cher-not-your-grandma-in-nz/ http://www.cherworld.com/cher-here-we-go-again-tour/sequin-leotard-wearing-cher-not-your-grandma-in-nz/#respond Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:09:01 +0000 http://www.cherworld.com/?p=8791 REVIEW: “I only have one thing to ask you. What’s your granny doing tonight?” With that, a 72-year-old, sequin leotard clad Cher opened Spark Arena, to a crowd full of screaming, glittery, wig-wearing fans. Yes, she may have lipsynced through the first few tracks, but give the woman a break

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REVIEW: “I only have one thing to ask you. What’s your granny doing tonight?”

With that, a 72-year-old, sequin leotard clad Cher opened Spark Arena, to a crowd full of screaming, glittery, wig-wearing fans.

Yes, she may have lipsynced through the first few tracks, but give the woman a break – she is 72 for God’s sake.

And if the audience could tell she may not actually have been singing for the opening numbers, that couldn’t give a toss. They were too busy dancing down the aisles while throwing fist pumps to the ceiling.

It quickly became clear that when it comes to performing, this professional does not make it up as she goes along. This is a Vegas production. Nothing is spontaneous, every choreographic detail is finessed down to a fine art. The show is a well-oiled, jewel-encrusted machine. She is a well-oiled, jewel-encrusted machine.

She stuck pretty close to her usual set list, covering all her biggest hits including Strong Enough, If I Could Turn Back Time, Believe, and a tear-jerking version of I Got You Babe (sans Sonny obviously, but he was there in video form, posthumously). She fit some covers in there too, and Mamma Mia fans in the building lost their collective minds when she surprised them with some extra ABBA bangers.

I lost count after the sixth wig change, but there was probably a new head of hair for each and every song.

Never shy of a costume change or a dozen, the diva flitted through an array of rainbow coloured, sequin-dripping ensembles, each skimpier than the last until her final number which she performed in the iconic bodystocking and black glittery underwear combo.

Cher is certainly a fan of embracing multiculturalism – rapidly cycling through Egyptian, Indian and African inspired set dressings and costumes.

And when it comes to themes, the diva is certainly a fan of embracing multiculturalism – rapidly cycling through Egyptian, Indian and African inspired set dressings and costumes. During one song she even rode in on a mechanical elephant while wearing a sequined sari. Was it borderline appropriation? I can’t be sure.

Concert-goers may have found themselves thinking that Cher seemed a little bit “low energy” alongside her posse of insanely skilled and peppy backup dancers, until they remembered that the woman is literally 72 years old and has just performed 16 songs back-to-back, in a bejewelled bodystocking.

Concert-goers will then feel horrendously guilty, especially when she reveals she is a 72-year-old who can still do a five minute plank.

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Cher Plays Musical Chers with James Corden http://www.cherworld.com/cher-news/cher-plays-musical-chers-with-james-corden/ http://www.cherworld.com/cher-news/cher-plays-musical-chers-with-james-corden/#respond Sat, 08 Sep 2018 23:57:41 +0000 http://www.cherworld.com/?p=8786 The iconic pop star stopped by to play musical Cher's and reveals the surprising key to her creativity, which James Corden ranks as "the most Cher thing".

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Cher made James Corden’s “Late Late Show” dream come true Friday night.

Making an appearance on the popular CBS late-night show, the Diva played a game of “Musical Chers.” All of the contestants were dressed in iconic Cher costumes and walked around the chairs to the pop star’s greatest hits.  In great spirits Cher came second.

“We came up with an idea. An idea so powerful, so groundbreaking, so revolutionary — if I’m honest none of us here thought it would ever happen,” Corden said in complete Cher drag. “Tonight, after 520 shows, it’s happening.”

Cher joined a member of the band, two women that work on the show — Madison and Zoey — and “Shameless” star William H. Macy.

The late-night host first asked Cher if she had any “tips” for how the “Chers can best find their inner Chers.” The “Believe” singer simply flipped her blonde locks in response.

Since the “Believe” singer was there to promote her new Abba cover album “Dancing Queen,” Corden asked Cher and Macy what they love about the Swedish pop group.

Although both of them said that jumped on the Abba train “late,” Cher explained that singing “Fernando” in “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” had her fall in love with their music all over again and motivated her to create an album.

Corden then asked the pop icon what she needs for her “creative space.” Dim lights? Incense? Nope, just a can of Dr. Pepper.

“Are you serious? That’s it? Just a can of Dr. Pepper,” Corden asked.

“No,” Cher replied. “In a glass with ice. I’m not a barbarian.”

“[That] is the most Cher thing I think I’ve heard you say,” Corden joked.

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Cher opens up about career and new ABBA album http://www.cherworld.com/cher-news/cher-today-show-interview-abba/ http://www.cherworld.com/cher-news/cher-today-show-interview-abba/#respond Sat, 08 Sep 2018 04:49:03 +0000 http://www.cherworld.com/?p=8778 Cher is back in the recording studio with her new ABBA inspired album Dancing Queen and at 72 hitting the road with her Here We Go Again Tour 2019 dates.

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For generations, Cher has been entertaining fans with her music, her acting, her glamour and her ageless energy. Now she’s back in the recording studio with her new ABBA inspired album Dancing Queen and at 72, she shows us why she’s better than ever. NBC’s Harry Smith reports for TODAY.  With a new 2019 American Here We Go Again Tour Cher has given fans reason to keep Believing.   Watch the complete Today show interview with Cher here.

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Cher Announces Here We Go Again Tour USA! See the Dates http://www.cherworld.com/cher-tour-2019/cher-here-we-go-again-tour-tickets-usa/ http://www.cherworld.com/cher-tour-2019/cher-here-we-go-again-tour-tickets-usa/#comments Fri, 07 Sep 2018 20:18:47 +0000 http://www.cherworld.com/?p=8750 Buy tickets to see Cher perform live on her Here We Go Again Tour 2019. See tour dates & buy the best Cher tickets with pre sale access ticket offers.

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Sept. 7 2018 pop icon Cher has announced the dates for her first tour in five years, the Here We Go Again Tour USA in support of her new album Dancing Queen.

Following the recent global success and rave reviews for Cher’s role in the Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again, the multi-award winning singer, actress and show-stopping performer officially announced that she would be going on tour during her appearance on Ellen.

Cher is expected to perform her biggest hits including Believe and Turn Back Time along with some new songs from her ABBA tribute album Dancing Queen, which will be released on September 28 and is currently available for pre-order.

The singer will be hitting the road starting January 17 in Fort Myers, FL and will be crossing the U.S. with stops in Atlanta, Chicago, Brooklyn, and more before wrapping up in St. Paul, MN on May 18.

After touring the USA, Australia & New Zealand Cher will begin her tour of the UK & Europe.

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Cher performs on Ellen to promote Dancing Queen http://www.cherworld.com/cher-news/cher-performs-on-ellen-to-promote-dancing-queen/ http://www.cherworld.com/cher-news/cher-performs-on-ellen-to-promote-dancing-queen/#comments Fri, 07 Sep 2018 19:36:34 +0000 http://www.cherworld.com/?p=8737 Music icon Cher got the audience on their feet with a performance of "SOS" from her upcoming ABBA tribute album, "Dancing Queen." & announces US Tour.

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Music icon Cher got the audience on their feet with a performance of “SOS” from her upcoming ABBA tribute album, “Dancing Queen.”  Looking as amazing as ever the diva was in great spirits announcing a new Cher US Tour and having lots of fun on the show.  Cher is a style icon, Ellen took the singer to a local Drybar and surprised fans by giving them complete hair makeovers. From blowouts to wigs, Cher and Ellen bonded as hairstylists.

Cher revealed what exercises she does to keep her butt and whole body in tip-top shape.

Oscar winner Cher described to Ellen the time she and Meryl Streep saved a girl’s life while out for ice cream in New York City.

Ellen confronted Cher about being cut out of her music video for “If I Could Turn Back Time,” but luckily, Ellen had the unreleased footage ready to roll.

Cher may be one of greatest pop icons in music, but there’s one person who is not a fan… Cher.

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Cher Not Huge Cher Fan. Loves Being Cher http://www.cherworld.com/cher-interviews/cher-not-huge-cher-fan-loves-being-cher/ http://www.cherworld.com/cher-interviews/cher-not-huge-cher-fan-loves-being-cher/#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 01:50:28 +0000 http://www.cherworld.com/?p=8728 With a new album of Abba covers, a Broadway musical about her life and a no-holds-barred take on her career, the 72-year-old pop icon is as outspoken as ever.

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“Can we do it in bed?” Cher asked, smiling slyly as she emerged from a knot of corridors in her sprawling hotel suite in Midtown Manhattan at about 9 p.m. on a sultry August night. Who would say no?

“I’m freezing in here!” she said. The rooms were meat-locker cold. So I trailed her back to the much warmer bedroom where she reclined on a king-size bed in all her Cher-ness: a trim black sweatshirt and jeans set off by the biggest, most sparkling belt ever worn outside a prizefighting ring. Waves of dark hair spilled around her shoulders; a printed bandanna was tied over the crown of her head. Her feet were bare.

She’d spent the last several hours in a recording studio, putting the final touches on “Dancing Queen,” her new album of Abba covers, which will be released Sept. 28. It was inspired by her return to the big screen in the movie musical “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” in July, and precedes the debut of “The Cher Show,” the Broadway musical about her life, with performances beginning Nov. 1.

Suddenly, a wave of uncertainty crashed over me: Was I supposed to get on the bed, too?

“Where’s your drink?” she asked, as I worried. Cher, 72, had ordered us frozen hot chocolates from Serendipity 3 — “the most magical place in New York,” she said. (“I wish I’d bought it when it was for sale.”) I picked up my cup from the bedside table. “Good, sit there,” she said, pointing to the chair beside the bed.

For the next 90 minutes she talked about the sweep of her life and multi-multi-hyphenate career. From variety show TV star to pop diva. From flamboyant concert headliner to Oscar-winning actress. And now, activist and legend: Her Twitter feed, with almost 3.5 million followers, is often politically bracing. She will be awarded a Kennedy Center Honor in Washington on Dec. 2, the night before “The Cher Show,” which she is co-producing, officially opens on Broadway. And in a reflective mood, Cher offered a cleareyed assessment of how her ultra-splashy public persona has coexisted with her naturally quiet self for more than 50 years. These are edited excerpts from the conversation.

When you left home, at 16, was it to become a singer or actress, or did you just not want to be at home anymore?

I didn’t want to be bossed anymore. Little did I know I was going to get bossed a lot more. But that’s the way Sonny [Bono, her ex-husband] was. He was a Sicilian man of his generation.

It’s weird to hear you say that. You were such a boss on “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.”

Well, I really was confident before I met Sonny. I was this teenage ball of fire with unbelievable energy but no focus. And Sonny was all focus. He was like, “O.K., you’re going to go this way; you’re going to go that way.” And I was thrilled because I had no way. I was just bouncing off walls.

But singing wasn’t the goal?

No, that’s not what I started out to do. But I’d always sung. My mother, my uncle, my grandfather — there was always singing and guitars. My favorite thing in the world is to rehearse. I can pick any song and just stand there and sing it. No one in the audience to judge me. And I love the way singing feels in my body — because it’s so big, and I’m not. But the music comes out in the biggest way.

So, if you could do anything in the world, it would still be singing?

I was talking to Barbra Streisand one day, and she asked, “Why do you still sing?” And I said, “Because there’s going to come a day when I can’t.” No one will want to come and see me, and I won’t be able to sing the way I’m singing now. I have unbelievable pipes! My doctor says I’m a freak. But if I couldn’t sing, I’d be miserable.

And all the other things you do — the acting, the concert spectaculars, the tweeting — those are lesser …

I don’t account for things that way. I just do them. I’ve never planned a single thing in my entire life. It’s like this Abba album. I did the film. I didn’t ask to do it. My friend Ronnie Meyer called and said, “You’re doing ‘Mamma Mia,’” and hung up.

But you didn’t say no.

Ronnie used to be my agent. He ran Universal, and he’s my dear friend. So when he hung up, I thought, “Damn!” Then I thought, “Well, it’s going to take five minutes, and no one will even know I’m there.”

I hate to tell you, but you stole that movie.

I haven’t seen it. But can I tell you, I don’t remember doing anything memorable, except singing “Fernando.” Afterward, when Jen [her assistant] and I were packing to go home, I said, “You know what might be fun?” This is how I get myself into all kinds of trouble. “It might be fun to do an Abba album.” The songs are easy to sing, but they’re complicated, too. Some of them are hard as hell, which is why I was in the studio again tonight.

Had you ever considered an album of covers before?

Never. But everyone loved the idea when I suggested it — like I’d been planning it for a million years. “You’re a genius!” But I just thought it might be fun.

How are your versions of the songs different from the originals?

I wasn’t a big fan of Abba in the ’70s. Benny [Andersson] took the girls and used them like instruments. Sonny used to do that to me. He would carve out a place for them in the songs, and they would fit in that little place. But he didn’t give them space to sing the way they might have wanted to.

And your versions?

Mine are a lot freer. And it was a great time to do it. I’m a news junkie, and these are rough times. But when I was recording, I got swept up in the fun of it. The songs are silly and crazy, and for the album, I chose the ones that are saddest and the most fun.

When did you start feeling confident as a singer?

I never feel confident. Off and on, I’ve felt good about my singing. But I’ve never been a huge Cher fan. I like doing it more than hearing it. So except for a couple of albums …

What’s your favorite?

It’s probably between “Believe” and a highly underrated album called “Closer to the Truth.” There’s not a bad cut on either one of them. I’ve made millions of albums, and most of them are absolutely no good. But some of them aren’t bad.

Let’s talk about acting. When your TV variety show went away and your pop career stalled for a minute, you moved effortlessly, it seemed, to acting. You said you didn’t set out to sing. Did you set out to act?

I set out to be famous! I set out to be Cinderella. I saw two movies when I was a kid: “Dumbo” and “Cinderella.” And on the way home, I started singing the songs in the car. My mother punched my dad and said: “Listen! She’s singing songs from the movie.” I’d never heard them before. I didn’t understand the reality. I just knew I wanted to be on that screen.

Was it hard to get into rooms with directors like Robert Altman and Mike Nichols?

I knew all these famous people, but none of them would give me the time of day. I went to Mike Nichols one day for a part in a movie called “The Fortune,” and he said: “No. You’re wrong.” I just looked at him and said: “You know what? I’m very talented, and one day you’re going to be sorry.” I have no idea why I said that.

And when I was doing “5 & Dime” [“Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”] on Broadway, Mike came to see me backstage, and he said: “You’re very talented. And I’m sorry.” Then he asked if I wanted to do a film with him and Meryl Streep. I said sure. I was actually more interested in something else that day, but I thought: This could be fun.

Did you like the script?

When we started filming “Silkwood,” I had no part whatsoever. It was tiny. And then Mike would say, “Cher, I want you in this scene.” Or: “Cher, I want you to say that.” I had no idea I was even working — or acting. “Sit on the couch and eat popcorn, and when the kids come in, say this.” That’s what it was like. I just knew that everyone was my friend, and Mike was like my dad. I even called him “Dad.” It was like playing.

For many people, acting is extremely hard work.

It didn’t feel that way to me. Also, I didn’t have to look at an audience. My whole life, I had to look out at the audience and go: “How am I doing? Do you like this?” But when you act, you only have to look at the other actors. You just have to trust them and find a way to become this other thing.

Were the people in your life surprised you were good at it?

When “Silkwood” came out, Mike called and told me that the trailer was playing at this theater in Westwood [in Los Angeles]. He said: “You’ve got to see it. It’s great.” So, I went. They showed scenes from the movie, but I didn’t really look like Cher. And the announcer said, “Starring Meryl Streep,” lots of applause. “And Kurt Russell,” more applause. “And Cher,” and everyone in the theater started laughing. I was really hurt, but I kept thinking, No, this is their honest reaction. So I called Mike and said, “Dad, they all laughed.” And he said, “They might be laughing before the movie, but they won’t be laughing after the movie.”

In fairness, the big feat of your acting career is that you’re able to submerge your gigantic public persona into these human-size roles.

Listen, people have all kinds of ideas about me. There’s the sparkly me and the quiet me. But the quiet me comes more naturally. If I could do “Silkwood” for the rest of my life, I’d be very happy.

You made a spate of good films: “Mask,” “The Witches of Eastwick,” “Moonstruck” — your Oscar. But then they stopped. Did you start saying no, or did the offers dry up?

No, I got really sick [with the Epstein-Barr virus]. For two years, I couldn’t work. It was terrible. I ended the second year with pneumonia. All these movie offers were coming in, but I had to turn them all down. I was really, really upset about it. And when I came back, I had to work my way back up from the beginning — doing concerts and stuff like that.

Was there ever a partner in your life — Sonny, Gregg Allman, David Geffen — or a good friend who was a great adviser to you? Or have you always relied on your own instincts?

Before I met Sonny, I was very much a person who relied on her own instincts. But I was very young and just handed that over to Sonny. Then when I left him, I was real happy. But I started to make huge mistakes in front of everyone because I was still 16 inside. I hadn’t grown.

What kind of mistakes?

Like marrying Gregory [Allman] and getting divorced so fast. But I had to make my mistakes in front of everyone.

Because you were so famous?

Yeah. And then I went to Las Vegas, and people thought I was an idiot because I had this big show with all these costumes. I was so bored. The last thing I wanted to do was just stand there and sing. And then I wanted to be an actress. I remember Francis [Ford Coppola] came backstage after a show. He looked at me and said, “Why aren’t you doing movies?” I just broke down sobbing. And that’s how I got myself, in a roundabout way, hooked up with Robert Altman and “5 & Dime” in New York.

Let’s talk about “The Cher Show,” the Broadway musical of your life that features a host of your hits. The premise is three versions of you — teenage Cher, pop-star Cher and mature Cher — all interacting with one another. Was that your idea?

No, that was the idea Rick Elice [the show’s book writer] always had. It was what kept me coming back to him. It took years and years to develop this show. But I think it’s a great idea because I’ve lived for so long that I really have been distinct personalities.

Right now, which version jumps out at you?

The young girl, [called] Babe [played by Micaela Diamond], is so brilliant. She just graduated from high school, and it was either go to college or come do this show. She took a big gamble. And she’s so much like me when I was young that she doesn’t even have to do anything. But they’re all working to find me at different points in my life. That’s the great hook.

Your life has been so public. Did you want to use the musical to correct the story of your life or add to it?

We go back and forth on this a lot. You have to know something more about me after the musical. That’s important to me. Listen, I didn’t have a play about myself before, and I was living very happily. So, I want it to be true and fun and like life is: Sometimes you’re great, and sometimes you’re pathetic. Sometimes you’re tired, and sometimes you break down. It should be like that. And nothing should be glossed over.

Can you feel tender toward young Cher now? The mistakes she made?

I try not to think about her much. Everybody has good things happen and bad things happen, and long stretches where nothing happens at all.

How about in reverse? Would young Cher look at you on that bed and say: Well done!

Of course! But look at where she is. She’s young; she knows nothing. She only wants to be this. [Cher points at herself.]

But you’ve always been more than “this” — feather headdresses notwithstanding.

Well, every time I go out and talk to an audience, I try to put that across. “Here’s the glitz, and here’s who I really am.”

You’ll be receiving a Kennedy Center Honor this year. Has it annoyed you not to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

It used to annoy me. But I know it’s just a boys’ club, and they don’t think I’m cool enough. But that’s O.K. My life is humming along without it. It’s humming along even without the Kennedy Center Honor. I was just terrified that Trump would be there.

Do you worry about alienating Trump supporters with your freewheeling, often political Twitter feed?

Trump voters don’t like me anyway. And I don’t blame them. I say terrible, true things about him. I hate him because he’s using his job to make money. But mostly, I hate him because he’s tearing this country down, and it’s going to take generations to put it back together, if we even can.

I guess if you held back, you wouldn’t be Cher.

That’s true. I’ve gotten death threats from his supporters — with pictures of me in the gas chambers. People writing, “The wrong Bono went skiing that day.” [Sonny Bono died in a skiing accident.] But I can’t hold back. It’s about character. My mom would beat me to death if I lied. I’m not starting now.

Source – NEW YORK TIMES

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