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Cher Ontario Tour Review

Before there was Madonna, Britney, Xtina and even Beyonce, there was Cher.

The 68-year-old singer strutted her stuff, changed into countless outfits and wigs and sang her heart out to a very appreciative and adoring crowd Saturday night.

Cher brought her D2K tour to Ontario and rocked the Citizens Business Bank Arena with a medley of her greatest hits and then some. D2K is shorthand for “Dressed To Kill,’’ but her performance showed it probably should be changed to “Dressed For Success.” The concert/Las Vegas-style over-the-top display of flashing neon lights, pulsating beats, multiple scene changes and superb dancers and acrobats could have overshadowed a lesser talent. It didn’t. It’s Cher, after all, and what would a performance by her be without glitz and glam?

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And if you still don’t get it, well, snap out of it. Her fans did. This is what they have come to expect from the woman whose career has spanned more than four decades.

Tonya Salazar of Upland was celebrating her belated birthday with concert tickets from her sister-in-law. This wasn’t her first Cher experience.

“I saw her first farewell tour years ago and when I saw that the tour was coming to Ontario I talked about it and said I would love to see her again. My sister-in-law surprised me with tickets for my birthday,” Salazar said before the show. “Her show is part concert, part fashion show. … It’s going to be great.”

Special guest was Cyndi Lauper who is another female singer who has proved her staying power.

Lauper entered the ring, actually the arena, dressed like a prizefighter in a hooded robe, which she promptly took off onstage. “How ya doin?’’ Lauper said in her thick Brooklyn accent. She started her 11-song set with the energetic “She Bop.” It got the crowd moving, but apparently not as much as she wanted. “Hello, Ontario,’’ she asked a second time noting the concertgoers seemed a bit serious. “OK, forget it, or this will quickly turn into the Carol Burnett show.”

But it didn’t take long for the audience to get moving. She talked to the audience throughout her set, slowly reeling in those who may have needed a little coaxing. By the end, she had them the audience right where she wanted, especially after she put on an Ontario Reign hockey team jersey (the Arena is its home ice).

The Saturday night show proved that girls just want to have fun and Lauper and then Cher clearly did. Lauper performed her hits, “All Through The Night;’’ “Sex is in the Heel” from the six-time Tony Award winning play “Kinky Boots,’’ which she wrote the music and lyrics for; and the cover of “Money Changes Everything.” But her standards “Time After Time,’’ “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “True Colors” brought the audience to its feet and kept them there.

Her salute to the late Etta James by belting out “At Last’’ proved Lauper can sing.

A little less than an hour later, though, Cher arrived in typical Cher fashion — atop a 20-foot tall white pillar dressed like an Egyptian queen complete with sparkling sequins and a headdress with giant peacock feathers.

It made a statement, all right. The queen had arrived. She mentioned how she, a grandmother, was willing to risk her life arriving on stage because it’s all about pleasing the fans.

“And what’s your granny doing tonight?’’ she asked.

She said her first farewell tour was 11 years ago and that this one really was going to be her last, really (wink, wink), no really (as she turned to start the show showing the fingers on her left hand crossed behind her back).

“I used to be diva until I graduated to icon,’’ she said with a chuckle. “I mean, what other 68-year-old woman’s concerts are you going to?’’

No one could argue with that. It was a musical trip down memory lane filled with video, snapshots and clips from The “Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour” in the early 1970s. The Cher musical power train started off with the empowering “Woman’s World” from her latest album “Closer to The Truth,” went on to “Strong Enough” and then “Dressed to Kill.” If there was a theme here it was clear — Cher’s a strong woman and a survivor in an industry known for chewing up artists and spitting them out.

She belted out many of her popular hits, “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “Welcome to Burlesque,” “I Found Someone” and her more recent, “Believe” with a throbbing disco beat. Even with all the lights and dazzle, she seemed at her best when she slowed things down singing an “I Got You Babe’’ duet with her late former husband Sonny Bono via video footage or when she stood at center stage and quietly sang, “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me.’’

The crowd roared in agreement.

She left the stage 1 ½ hours later much like she came in — with extravagance soaring on a bejeweled platform high above the audience while singing a loving rendition of “I Hope You Find It.’’

“This is the best thing that’s happened in Ontario for a long time. Cher was phenomenal and at her age? Good for her. And Cyndi Lauper was great. They both give me hope,” said Terry Borden of Ontario.

Those who missed seeing Cher at the Citizens Business Bank Arena have two more shots here in Southern California. Cher’s magical mystery tour stops at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday and then heads to Honda Center in Anaheim on Wednesday.

What was said before and after the concert: Making the trip from Bakersfield was worth it. “I’ve seen five of her shows including the “Believe” tour in Las Vegas. This is my sixth and I love her. I’m 53 years old so I remember the old television show and it reminds me of that,” said Raul Cepeda. Cepeda’s seat mate, Manuel Ortiz from San Francisco, said Cher’s genuine nature shows through endearing her to him and other fans. “There is no one like her,’’ he said.

What was overheard during the concert: Several audience members noted that there didn’t seem to be a bad seat in the house, while others said they were pleasantly surprised that the Citizens Business Bank Arena didn’t charge for parking and how easy it was to get into. And a man and woman said they drove in from Orange County saying it was worth seeing the show Saturday night in Ontario rather than the scheduled Wednesday night show in Anaheim.

Nonobjective reviewer comments: I’m old enough to remember watching the Sonny and Cher variety show on television. Each week my parents and I would watch and although we enjoyed the mix of comedy and songs, my mom and I enjoyed seeing what outfit Cher would wear. My mom would have loved seeing D2K. Cher was all show (I mean that as a sincere compliment) back then and the old girl still has it. Beyonce may be one of the reigning divas at the moment, but let’s see if her career lasts 40-plus years.

Source – Daily News

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Cher farewells San Jose in fine fashion Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:16:59 +0000 A capacity crowd of some 12,500 fans saw Cher perform her Dressed To Kill Tour in San Jose for what definitely, maybe, could be Cher's last stand in the Bay Area.

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Cher kicked off her first farewell tour in 2002. A dozen years later, the “Goddess of Pop” is still on the road.

So, forgive folks if they are taking Cher’s current goodbye trek with a grain — if not a mountain — of salt.

Yet that well-deserved skepticism didn’t stop locals from buying tickets to see the multimedia icon in concert on Wednesday. A capacity crowd of some 12,500 fans turned out to the SAP Center in San Jose for what definitely, maybe, could be Cher’s last stand in the Bay Area.

Or not.

It’s so hard to tell when it comes to Cher, who seems to take great delight in sending mixed messages.

“I promise this is my final, final, final farewell,” the 68-year-old vocalist said in San Jose. “I’m not kidding this time — you can check with AARP.” Of course, she added a few winks to that statement, before turning around and walking away with her fingers crossed behind her back.

Not that it matters. If Cher wants to keep performing, fans will likely welcome her with open arms and wallets — especially if they happened to catch her show in San Jose.

Cher was as entertaining as ever during the two-hour-plus set, dazzling fans with her signature, sassy mix of pop tunes, personality and big production numbers. The show was pure eye candy from start to finish, as the star — who now prefers the label “icon” over “diva” — injected a lot of Vegas into every song.

The trek definitely lived up to its Dressed to Kill Tour title, as Cher seemed bent on setting a world record for wardrobe changes. She donned a new outfit — all of which were striking, if not outrageous — for nearly every song. Even after all these years, nobody plays dress up better than Cher.

The show began with “Woman’s World” from the artist’s 25th studio effort, “Closer to the Truth,” as the curtain dropped and Cher was lowered to the stage atop a tall pillar. Wearing an exotic headdress, with long feathers drifting out from its sides, the singer quickly took ownership of the night and commanded the crowd’s attention. It was a strong opening segment, yet one that illustrated why this road show has grown so taxing for its star.

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“I risk my life every night for you (atop the pillar),” she said, adding with her patented sarcastic charm: “But what’s my life compared to your happiness?”

Cher’s between-song, often self-deprecating, banter was as good as, if not better, than her actual songs.

“I think that John Quincy Adams was president when I started drinking Dr Pepper,” she said with that million-dollar smile. And she also didn’t miss the opportunity to zing the younger generation of dance-pop divas.


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“I can still get into my ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’ outfit,” she smirked. “Take that Katy Perry.”

The singer would indeed ‘Turn Back Time” and celebrate her roots in Sonny & Cher. She sang virtual duets of “The Beat Goes On” and “I Got You Babe” with her former husband Sonny Bono, using archival footage of Bono — who died in 1998 — on the big overhead screens. There was also a Sonny & Cher highlight reel shown, which featured several touching clips from the duo’s famed TV variety show.

The multitalented performer, who has also achieved much success in movies, closed the main set with a powerful double shot of the hits “I Found Someone” and “If I Could Turn Back Time.”

Cher then returned for a high-flying encore — quite literally. She boarded a small platform, which was hoisted by cables far above the heads of fans. She sailed about the arena, looking every bit the “Goddess of Pop,” as she sang a stirring version of ‘I Hope You Find It.”

It left the crowd screaming for more, and hoping that Cher didn’t really mean it when she said goodbye.

Source – Mercury News

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Cher dazzles Calgary at Saddledome Thu, 26 Jun 2014 05:22:30 +0000 Cher dazzles the audience during her Dressed to Kill Tour at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary Canada, read the tour review here.

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Cher Calgary D2K Tour

Attendance 11,500

Rating 3.5 out of 5
Where – Calgary, Canada

If Cher Could Turn Back Time, it seems a good bet that she would have been the original Lady Gaga.

Last month we saw Gaga’s butt cheeks during a mid-set costume change, and last night fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome saw Cher’s. Even at 68 … it doesn’t appear that sag is an issue.

In any case, the old bird didn’t make an ass of herself during another night of cirque-worthy theatrics, elaborate costumes, over-the-top lighting and video production, choreographed dance routines and overall campiness during the current Dressed To Kill or Farewell, Farewell Tour as the diva of divas quipped.

“I wanted to wear stupid costumes, sing and be fabulous again,” she said, defending herself to a smiling throng that ranged from eight to 80.

“I love risking my life on a 20-foot platform held together by dental floss. And what’s your granny doing tonight?”

Better to ask “Why not?’ rather than “Why Bother?” when 11,500 people are having as much fun as last night at the old barn. After all, it was a wholesome show: men, women, boys, girls and boys dressed like girls …

The spectacle and excess began on a dazzling gold Egyptian-themed stage with the new-ish, appropriately titled Woman’s World, which was quickly followed by Strong Enough and The Beat Goes On. The dizzying array of dancing humans, lights and outrageous costumes went away for a brief moment during a tender video tribute of Sonny Bono and the pair’s signature number I Got You Babe.

The visual and sonic assault on the senses got back on track with a medley featuring old-school solo material Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves, Dark Lady and Half-Breed. Clearly, no one gave a crap about political correctness in the ’70s.

The crowd drank it down as the costumes and feather head dresses changed just in time for Welcome To Burlesque, You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me and, speaking of campy, Take It Like A Man.

Any questions about what kind of shape Cher’s voice was in were answered better than satisfactorily with a cover of Marc Cohn’s Walking In Memphis, which segued quickly into Just Like Jessie James and Laura Branigan’s I Found Someone.

Ever the show-woman, Cher saved the best for last with If I Could Turn Back Time (Speaking of butt cheeks, remember that video?) and Believe to send 11,500 souls to the exits smiling.


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It seems unlikely that we’ve heard the last of the grand dame.

Opening the show, just as on Cher’s Farewell Tour 11 years ago, was the equally fun and goofy-squared Cyndi Lauper. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 31 years since She’s So Unusual topped the pop charts, but at least we’re all aging at the same clip.

Quite frankly, Lauper has her own legion of fans and most of the crowd was in their seats by the time the little New Yorker with the big voice (for real) and mane of fiery red hair danced through the middle of the arena and launched into She-Bop to begin an evening of serious ridiculousness.

The crowd was right there with her singing, smiling and ’80s dancing through Time After Time, Money Changes Everything, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough and True Colours.

While her voice is bigger than the even the most ardent fan of the past could have imagined, thankfully, Lauper did not expose her butt cheeks.

Sometimes you have the most fun when you expect it least … who knew?

Source – Calgary Sun

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The Beat Still Goes on for Cher in Edmonton Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:29:28 +0000 The pop icon rolled her Dressed to Kill Tour through Rexall Place for thousands of fans. Cher was joined by 80s music star Cyndi Lauper.

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EDMONTON – Do you believe Cher is calling it quits after this tour?

She said she was retiring after her 2004 trek — but lo and behold, 10 years later, the 68-year-old pop diva is still dazzling fans with her smoky pipes, long legs and campy outfits.

“This is a woman’s world,” she belted, standing on top of a 20-foot pillar, wearing a crazy feather headdress, at the start of Monday’s sold-out show at Rexall Place.

How the heck can you top that? And why would we want her to stop? “I’m not kidding, this is my farewell tour,” she promised after an opening monologue of jokes about her age, clothes and Dr. Pepper. “I swear to God. I’m never coming back and that’s it.”

If this really was Cher’s last time in Edmonton, she sure went out with a bang. Dancers dressed in Vegas-warrior garb! Chandeliers decked in rhinestones! Vintage footage from the Sonny & Cher show!


Her phenomenal voice, especially on Strong Enough and the touching duet, I Got You Babe, featuring Sonny’s recorded vocals and a collage of black-and-white images from their life together. (Sniff.) You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me was another tearjerker — and, as she sang it unencumbered by any dancers or props, you felt like she was trying to make a heart-to-heart connection with the crowd.

Thankfully, her self-deprecating humour stopped the 90-minute show from getting maudlin. “And what’s your granny doing tonight?” she asked at the start. “I can still get into my Turn Back Time outfit!”

Low notes:

Pacing, as always, isn’t Cher’s strong suit … because she’s always changing ’em. Suits or outfits, that is. She’d sing one or two songs, then head backstage to switch outfits, letting her dancers, movie and TV clips, or animated visuals distract the crowd.


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Craziest costume(s):

Her casino Cleopatra. Her ’60s-style red mini-dress, complete with red boots? Her glittery brothel madam. Her pink, blue and orange headdress, which tickled the floor behind her legs as she sang Half-Breed, an ode to her Cherokee ancestry. And yes, a leotard, thigh-high boots, and leather jacket in the style of her notorious If I Could Turn Back Time video. STRUT IT, GIRL!

Cool props (or flops?):

Her aerialists. Her Trojan horse, wheeled in for the dance-pop anthem, Take It Like a Man. Her two staircases, enveloping her seven musicians. Her flying contraption, which she used to float above the arena during her last number, I Hope You Find It.

Openers (or groaners?):

Her longtime pal, Cyndi Lauper, came bounding on stage wearing a fancy black robe (lined with leopard print) best suited for a witch about to hit the boxing ring.

The unusual redhead pummelled the crowd with some of her ’80s pop hits — She Bop, All Through the Night, Money Changes Everything, Time After Time, Girls Just Want To Have Fun — and Sex is in the Heel, from her recent Tony-winning musical, Kinky Boots.

As cartoonishly cute as her boopy voice was, Lauper proved she’s not to be taken lightly — often holding some of her high notes for seconds on end.

Hawkey tawk:

Vancouver singer Michael Buble kissed the Wayne Gretzky statue before his Sunday show at Rexall Place. Lauper, another avid hockey fan, talked about her appreciation for the Oilers. “We got a lot in common,” said the New York native. “Cuz this is the city that raised up Mark Messier.”

She also invoked the Oilers’ name when the crowd wasn’t singing along to her expectations during Girls Just Want To Have Fun. “Come on, take a deep breath, you’re killing me,” she said. “You’re supposed to be tough!”

Birthday trivia:

Lauper celebrated her 61st year on earth at a local pub, Kelly’s, on Sunday night, singing karaoke with her crew. “I was pissed off, and then I realized (I could make one of two choices): death or older,” she cracked. “Sixty-one is a good number.”

In the crowd:

Girls of all ages, many sporting sequins, leopard spots, high heels, and a man or two. Several drag queens were also working the crowd, including one dressed in a provocative Turn Back Time leotard, who earned a standing ovation from fans and attracted an instant circle of iPhonerazzi.

Source – Edmonton Journal

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Cher concert a fabulous spectacle Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:41:43 +0000 Cher materialized on a seven-metre pedestal arrayed in a massive peacock feather headdress and a sheer, beglittered gown to dazzle the full house at Credit Union Centre. The statuesque diva belted out her 2013 single, Woman’s World, in front of a huge video screen that, combined with set decorations, moving

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Cher materialized on a seven-metre pedestal arrayed in a massive peacock feather headdress and a sheer, beglittered gown to dazzle the full house at Credit Union Centre.

The statuesque diva belted out her 2013 single, Woman’s World, in front of a huge video screen that, combined with set decorations, moving lights and eight hard-bodied dancers, provided non-stop energy throughout Saturday night’s two-hour show.

Cher moved right into a strutting, air-punching version of Strong Enough before breaking to engage with the Saskatoon audience.

She hoped the crowd appreciated her risking her neck on the pedestal with “only dental floss” holding her 68-year-old self up there. Before anyone could raise an eyebrow at that revelation, she chided, “What’s YOUR granny doing tonight?”

Despite doing her first farewell tour “a gazillion years ago,” she said, she is back, fabulous in “ridiculous outfits” putting on a show to challenge female performers everywhere.

“Outdo this, bitches!” she said with the finger-snapping attitude television viewers first admired in her banter with then-husband Sonny Bono on their 1970s variety show.

Cher’s famous body of work provided plenty of video for distracting mini-films that played during impressively quick costume changes, 11 in all.

She returned to the stage after a moving Sonny and Cher montage in her third costume, a glittery red minidress, glossy go-go boots and long straight hair with bangs from her early days, to sing an I’ve Got You Babe duet with a black-and-white video of Bono, who died in 1998.


The miracle of cosmetic surgery, wigs and makeup allow audiences to see a beautifully preserved version of the star, who still eerily resembles the Oscar-winning actress from 1987’s Moonstruck.

During one costume change, two male dancers intertwined and spun as they hung from ribbons and, later, from large metallic globe cages, which combined with the sumptuous circus sets and rich costumes to create a Cirque du soleil feel.


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As the show soared toward its climax, nearly dressed dancers hauled in a giant gold Trojan horse, from which emerged Her Golden-ness singing Take it Like a Man.

All this led to a finale in which, Cher, in a shockingly demure pink gown, with halo headgear, ensconced aboard a church-icon inspired glittery platform that dangled from a cable, glided high above the floor audience all the way to the far end of the arena as she sang the goodbye anthem I Hope You Find It.


The evening began with Cyndi Lauper, in a hooded witch’s cloak, bright red tresses trailing, who surprised by playing a haunting tune on a recorder partway through She-bop.

The cape came off to reveal a black leather Jerkin with bustle and combat boots in which she performed a lively, sassy Girls Just Want to Have Fun-style show.

The tour coincides with the 30th anniversary of Lauper’s breakthrough album, She So Unusual. Word that Saturday’s show was on the eve of her 61st birthday prompted a spontaneous chorus of Happy Birthday from the audience.

Source – The Star Phoenix

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Cher & Cyndi Lauper regale the MTS Centre Mon, 23 Jun 2014 05:33:40 +0000 Read the Cher Dressed To Kill Winnipeg Tour Review with Cyndi Lauper. At 68, she’s still out there doing it.

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Cher is not a legend, according to Cher.

“I hate that word,” she recently told Elle magazine for its annual Women in Music issue. “Legend, icon, diva. I hate all those (expletive) words. They’re meaningless. I prefer Cher.”

This from a woman who literally began Friday night’s show at the MTS Centre atop a pedestal.

Still, whether she likes it or not, Cher is all of those things — and she’s certainly worthy of admiration. At 68, she’s still out there doing it, sticking an expertly manicured middle finger in the face of the detractors who would prefer if she just went away. You see, Cher is a famous woman who has the audacity to keep working in show biz despite no longer being young and nubile. She is a famous woman who has the temerity to bare her aging body onstage, to reject the societal expectation that she “age gracefully” — whatever that means. Reviewers and online commentators alike seem to feel vaguely embarrassed for her, as though making music is the sole province of the young.

Listen, haters: Cher doesn’t care about your faux concern. She’s Cher. Also, your ‘turn back time’ jokes aren’t funny.


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She’s also been mocked for being on a seemingly endless farewell tour; her hamfistedly titled Living Proof: The Farewell Tour in the early aughts lasted no less than three years before she became a fixture of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas from 2008 through 2011. But it was her appearance in 2010’s campy Burlesque alongside Christina Aguilera that put her back in mainstream consciousness; by 2013, she was promoting Closer to the Truth, her 25th studio album. Armed with a brand new female empowerment anthem-cum-club jam — the high-energy show opener Woman’s World — she hit the road again on this current Dressed to Kill tour. Which she swears is her last. “I’m really not kidding. This is my farewell farewell tour,” she said with an exaggerated wink. “I’m never, ever coming back, I swear to God.”

To see a Cher concert is to see a fabulous person relishing in her own fabulousness. “What’s your granny doing tonight?” she purred after a rousing rendition of Strong Enough. She’s a master of the spectacle, of which there was no shortage at Friday night’s show. For Dressed To Kill, she rose out of the floor on giant chandelier wearing a barely-there beaded bodysuit and a high-drama black headpiece, the third costume change in as many songs. The show was just as much about the costumes as it was about the music; this, after all, is a woman who has captured the imaginations of drag queens for decades.

Cher then took it back to the 1960s in a red sequined mini and matching gogo boots for a slinky version of The Beat Goes On, which was followed by I Got You Babe, with her late husband Sonny Bono appearing via video screen.

The stage was then transformed into a circus — complete with bearded ladies, acrobats and stilt walkers — for a medley of Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves and Dark Lady.

She then donned the infamous headdress for Half Breed. Some things are best left in the 1970s; regardless of Cher’s (much-debated) Cherokee ancestry, both the song and its presentation reeked of the sexpot stereotype Buffy Sainte-Marie once coined “Pocahontas in fringes.”)

Later in the set, things got downright cinematic, with Cher emerging from a giant, gilded Trojan horse in a gold gladiator costume and a lion’s mane of blonde curls for Take It Like a Man. (The wig budget on this tour must be something else.)

After Walking in Memphis, she stripped away some of the spectacle for Just Like Jesse James, which she just belted from a stool at the centre of the stage, clad in a black jumpsuit. There were no backup dancers, no gimmicks. Just her voice. And that deep, dusky voice is still there, by the way — showcased beautifully on the night’s other big ballads, such as You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me.

Of course, she donned the iconic 1990s black bodysuit and the giant hair for the 1980s glam rocker I Found Someone, slipping into a black leather jacket for a powerhouse, fists-in-the-air performance of If I Could Turn Back Time.

The show closed with 1998’s monster hit Believe — she wore a pink wig and heart-shaped pasties for that one — and, interestingly, I Hope You Find It, a ballad off the new album. Standing on a platform suspended from cables, she floated above the audience, traversing the length of the arena while her fans worshipped from below. And she says she’s not a diva.

If this is truly her farewell tour, well, it’s not a bad one to go out on.

An icon in her own right, Cyndi Lauper’s high-energy opening set/comedy routine was worth the price of admission. The brassy New Yorker is still celebrating the “30-and-a-half” anniversary of her smash 1983 debut She’s So Unusual, so the set was a veritable 1980s hit parade. Opening with the once-controversial ode to masturbation She Bop, Lauper — hair dyed a shock of Manic Panic red — performed all of her confectionary synthpop classics, from party-starters such as Money Changes Everything and the bachelorette/rom com staple Girls Just Want to Have Fun through to the disco-ball shimmer of All Through The Night and Time After Time. But it was during a cover of Etta James’ At Lastthat we were really reminded of the power of her voice.

By: Jen Zoratti

Source – Winnipeg Free Press

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Cher flips through chapters of her past at Barclays Center NY Sat, 10 May 2014 05:31:34 +0000 It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Cher! The unkillable star swooped into Barclays Center on Friday with all the oddity and wonder of a superhero, if not a UFO.

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Cher!

The unkillable star swooped into Barclays Center on Friday with all the oddity and wonder of a superhero, if not a UFO.

After more than half a century of media exposure, it’s still hard to prepare for the sight of a 68-year-old woman teetering on a sky-high platform, while crowned with a multitiered headdress of feathers, looking like nothing so much as the Queen of the Peacock People.

Appropriately, Cher has called her latest show the “Dressed to Kill” tour, though it also finds her “Tressed” to at least maim.

You could spend a lot of time figuring out how many human heads it took to create that lofty collection of follicles she sports in “Take It Like A Man.”

This particular number found Cher adorned with bales of blonde curls, cascading down a golden outfit swiped from the days when gladiators ruled. She looked like ancient Rome’s answer to Big Bird, with enough muscular, warrior/dancers surrounding her prove it.


Later, Cher appeared in an amped-up version of that warren of black hair made iconic by the “If I Could Turn Back Time” video of the ’80s. “I can still get into my outfit — at almost 100,” she crowed, in one of many jokes about her age.

“And what is your granny doing tonight?” she asked later.

The show flipped through several gleefully garish chapters of Cher’s past. It featured a sizable Sonny & Cher segment, including “I Got You Babe” staged as a “duet” with a looming video image of the late Sonny. It’s a potentially squirm-inducing sight that Cher made moving by her clear affection both for him and her own history.

She also recreated ’70s hits that functioned as much as comedy skits as songs — like the undyingly kitschy “Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves,” or “Half Breed,” in which Cher did her old Pocahontas outfit one better. She donned a head-piece of colors psychedelic enough to carry their own contact high.


Needless to say, Cher gets the joke in all this better than anyone. But sometimes it seems like she gets it too well. The star can claim a seriously catchy, and impressively varied, trove of thrilling hits — from “The Beat Goes On” right through the new “Woman’s World.” And her vibrato-heavy, pansexual vocals have a timbre, and a style, like no other singer.


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Cher proved it in an anthem tailor-made for her role as the ultimate survivor: “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me Yet,” from the bomb movie “Burlesque.” Here, she earned diva status as much through her undervalued power to belt as her will to gall.

Of course, much of the show’s joy, and even its poignancy, came from its mission to defy common notions of taste, age and even self-parody. The lazy would call it camp. But it’s beyond that. Ultimately, it can only be described as just so incredibly Cher.

“Woman’s World” 
“Strong Enough” 
“Dressed to Kill” 
“The Beat Goes On” 
“I Got You Babe” 
“Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves” 
“Dark Lady” 
“Welcome to Burlesque” 
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” 
“Take It Like a Man” 
“Walking in Memphis” 
“Just Like Jesse James” 
“Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” 
“I Found Someone” 
“If I Could Turn Back Time” 
“I Hope You Find It”


Source – New York Daily News

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Cher and Cyndi have fun in Columbus Fri, 02 May 2014 07:44:59 +0000 Read the Cher Dressed to Kill Tour review in Columbus with Cyndi Lauper.

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Cher and Cyndi Lauper, two iconic singers, dazzled a packed Nationwide Arena audience last night in a concert that was impressive both musically and as a spectacle.

Cher, 67, made an amazing entrance. The curtain fell, and there she was, standing atop a 20-foot pole, looking like a cross between an Egyptian queen and a Vegas showgirl as she belted out Woman’s World and Strong Enough.

“This is my farewell-farewell tour, I’m not kidding,” she said with winks and crossed fingers. “ I’m too old for this.”

For this tour, Cher said, “I’ll come out, sing in fabulous costumes and be fabulous.”

And that’s just what she did, wearing 11 different costumes, including a mind-blowing, ground-touching Indian headdress of pink, blue and orange feathers for Half Breed. She also emerged from a Trojan horse as a blond warrior for Take it Like a Man; appeared in a silver-fringed, heart-shaped pasties thing with platinum/pink hair for Believe; and wore a cute tux-like creation on Welcome to Burlesque.

However, a concert is more than just fashion. Cher’s distinctive contralto voice was strong as ever on most songs, particularly on You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me; I Found Someone; If I Could Turn Back Time; Just Like Jesse James and a cover of Marc Cohn’s Walking in Memphis.

A highlight came when Cher sang, seemingly with late ex-husband Sonny Bono, on I Got You Babe as videos of him were shown. “I thought about doing this for a long time, but I never could,” Cher said. “But since this is the last tour … He was such a ham. He would love this.”

Cher concluded her concert in a gown, halo and blond pigtails as she hovered over the crowd to sing I Hope You Find It.

Cyndi Lauper gave a great 60-minute performance to open the night. Lauper wore a hooded robe and strode through the crowd like a boxer coming to the ring as she sang She Bop. She took that off to reveal a black leather get-up, combat boots and long flaming red hair while singing I’ll Kiss You.


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As she sang the reggae-flavored Witness, Lauper, 60, was whirling around like it was 1984 again. This was repeated on dance songs like Into the Nightlife and Sex Is in the Heel, the latter song from her Broadway show Kinky Boots. She also screamed Money Changes.

Everything as if her fortunes had suddenly changed.

There was some art on All Through the Night, with Lauper illuminating her face with a light stick, holding a mirror ball in front of her face and holding long, beautiful notes. There was also some humor on Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

Then there were the brilliant ballads Time After Time, Hat Full of Stars and True Colors. On the latter, Lauper screamed at the end, “Don’t be afraid! And that goes for everyone.”

Source – Columbus Dispatch

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Cher’s Retiring again! Wink Wink – Boston Tour Review Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:47:44 +0000 It's hard to really define a Cher show in the way one does a traditional pop concert. Sure, there's singing. Spectacle abounds. Read the full Boston Tour Review.

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Cher In Concert - Boston, MA

It’s hard to really define a Cher show in the way one does a traditional pop concert. Sure, there’s singing. Spectacle abounds. A great live band is present to bring decades of hits to life. But everything one sees is in tribute to something greater than the sum of these parts: Cher.

Pushing 70, apparently no one has told the perpetually youthful icon what it means to be a senior citizen. More likely, Cher just doesn’t care. She’s currently on the Dressed to Kill Tour, jokingly described as a “farewell farewell tour.” Emerging on-stage to the pulsing EDM of “Woman’s World,” Cher has an ability to wear up-to-the-minute trappings of contemporary culture with the same ease as every outlandish costume she dons. Not that it’s her best choice, but we’ll get to that later.


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Despite the intense effort that has to go into such involved showmanship, Cher keeps an amusing distance from the whole affair. It’s the sort of devil-may-care persona only an entertainment legend can pull off without seeming glib. Immediately following the show’s intro, she launched into a full discussion of Dr. Pepper. The concert would simply have to wait to continue until she finished explaining to the audience how her assistant was watering down the carbonated beverage with Perrier.

After the long-winded monologue, we were off into the wild world of Cher. Aerialists soared above the stage with the showmanship of Cirque du Soleil performers while erotic vampire-beings stalked the floor with trademark over-the-top choreography. Then there was Cher, fending off a strapping 20-something while singing the tour’s title track. Yes, she could be his grandmother, and he’s probably gay. But damn it if Cher didn’t infuse the situation with every ounce of sexual tension the number demanded.

I noticed not a ton of people around me were dancing. Thinking there was simply no way a soul was bored, I realized most were fixated on the stage with reverential awe, hanging to Cher’s every word and movement. They laughed, clapped and cheered reflexively at the slightest provocation. During the megahits “I Found Someone” and “Heart of Stone,” the multi-generational crowd seemed dangerously near spontaneous combustion from joy.

Not to say the show’s perfect. Way too much time was spent on costume changes and archival footage. Granted, the woman has built a video archive that probably deserves its own library by now. From TV movies to family pictures to her memorable Oscars speech, it was all here. Perhaps the absolute best use of such archival footage was her duet with Sonny Bono. She explained that after initially rejecting the idea, closing out her final (wink) tour with Sonny was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. In a visual effect that’s been alternately described as disturbing and endearing, he stared right at Cher and sang “I Got You Babe.” She sang it back with the sincerest expression of the evening.

It was the first point of the evening where Cher the human emerged, a welcome guest given Pat Benatar had been blowing the roof off with husband Neil Giraldo just prior. Why the insanely charismatic and talented duo with a bevy of hits is opening for anyone remains a mystery. Aside from the strength of Benatar’s own catalog, the couple had a refreshingly contemporary awareness and youthful energy that found a not-necessarily-rock crowd on their feet, fists in the air. This is a duo that loves music and just wants to share it with the audience, no frills necessary.

All that to say, being genuine is a winning formula. Cher’s strongest material was the most personal. The bonkers dance tracks are fun. But watching a talented musical storyteller just emote from a place of sincerity is even more enjoyable. “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” was a stand-out. She jokingly warned the audience the song didn’t always turn out so well live. Then she sailed through the toughest parts with power and control. “Just Like Jesse James,” despite Cher’s animosity toward the track, is a consistently rewarding campfire singalong. And her rendition of “Walking in Memphis” shows a vulnerable, uplifting side of the singer we don’t see enough of when producers bury her under studio wizardry. Granted, she obviously thinks the song is about Elvis. But it’s Cher, so who’s going to say anything? Even Marc Cohen might become convinced he wrote the song as an Elvis tribute after seeing her delivery.

By time the night drew to a close with a cover of Miley Cyrus’ “I Hope You Find It,” Cher had managed to encapsulate five decades of her dizzyingly successful career as a cross-platform entertainer. It’s hard to look at the enduring persona of Cher and not be impressed. Most hit artists that got started well after she did faded long ago.

Like her career, a Cher performance can’t exactly be described as even. When vampire lore morphs into the Roman Colosseum making way for a Skrillex-inspired dubstep breakdown in space, one knows not to bother asking questions. But if you’re that talented and survive this long, doing whatever tickles your fancy is almost an earned right. Besides, we’re talking about Cher.

Source – Huffington Post

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Cher dazzles in high style at Pittsburgh Tour Stop Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:46:05 +0000 Consol Energy Center became the palace of Cher Wednesday night, when she made a triumphant return to Pittsburgh. Read the Tour Review.

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Consol Energy Center became the palace of Cher Wednesday night, when she made a triumphant return to Pittsburgh after a decade with her Dressed to Kill Tour.

The show was a spectacle for the ages as the superstar made her first of many grand entrances dressed as an Egyptian queen, wearing a bejeweled and feather headdress that spanned four feet across. A sheer harem pantsuit with crystals cleverly covered her body and sparkled as she moved performing the opening number, “Woman’s World.”

Taut dancers in soldier uniforms, danced, fought and tumbled across the stage as they began their evening of performance that reached the heights and acrobatic feats of a Cirque du Soleil show, while over the top sets brought us to Egypt, a burlesque theater, a gypsy show and a hip-hop techno party.

Everyone expects to see spectacle, and there was no shortage of it. Walking through six decades of hits with an Oscar-winning movie career sandwiched in there takes some time, grace and thought. Video presentations allowed for 10-plus breathtaking costume changes where Cher transformed herself from a ’60s pop star in a red sequined mini-dress and feather coat to the ruler of the underworld in a long curly wig and black angel headpiece to the Queen of love as a smoldering blonde in a flesh-colored and crystal-beaded dress complete with a strategically placed heart on her right breast.


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Cher Set List
“Woman’s World”
“Strong Enough”
“Dressed to Kill”
“The Beat Goes On”
“I Got You Babe”
“Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves”
“Dark Lady”
“Welcome to Burlesque”
“Take It Like a Man”
“Walking in Memphis”
“Just Like Jesse James”
“Heart of Stone”
“Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”
“I Found Someone”
“I Hope You Find It”
Benatar/Giraldo set list
“Shadows of the Night”
“Precious Time”
“We Live for Love”
“Promises in the Dark”
“We Belong to the Night”
“Hit Me with Your Best Shot”
“Love is a Battlefield”
“Let’s Stay Together”
“Ring of Fire”

Other costumes included an Indian chief featuring a pastel-colored, floor-length feather headpiece, the queen of “Burlesque” (from the film) and the costume of the night — a reincarnation of the biker look from the “If I Could Turn Back Time” video. It was reworked — covering more of her backside as the original was the equivalent of a black stocking with strategically placed fabric strips — to great effect. Cher wears her costumes to tell a story (not the other way around, like other pop stars) and no matter how elaborate or sheer, they are never distasteful and never leave you cringing.

It is hard to believe she is 67, and she apologized for her recent foot surgery that hampered her usual “jumping around and dancing.” Vocally, she was in fine form, hitting every note of her two-hour show that covered old favorites “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” and “Half-Breed” alongside new material including “Take it Like a Man” from her new release. Other notables included “Walking in Memphis,” presented with a video montage of her childhood and a story of seeing Elvis live, “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” and “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” which brought the audience together with raised arms singing the anthem.

Cher’s great sense of humor and comic timing has been evident throughout her career and she has no trouble being the butt of a joke. The video montage of clips from “The Sonny and Cher Show” had the happy audience chuckling as their iconic comedy routines showed them routinely cracking up. It was paired with a live/video duet of her and Sonny singing “I’ve Got You Babe.”

The big news of the night might well be her comment that “This is my farewell, farewell tour. I don’t want to be held up here with a stick,” stating she prefers to go out on top.

The encore featured “Believe,” followed by “I Hope You Find It” with Cher on a glittery throne slowly flying from center stage over the audience to the back of the arena where fans got an up close view of a golden goddess.

The show’s opener was a celebration of pure, hard-driving rock as Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo walked on stage with nothing but a backdrop, a bass player and a drummer and promptly went about filling a solid hour of top-notch rock ’n’ roll to the delight of all. Stringing together hit after hit, they hit the road to celebrate 35 years of musical collaboration (32 of those married) and they have never sounded better.

Mr. Giraldo played a semi-hollow body electric for most of the hour-long set and wailed with mean distortion that filled Consol with old-school rugged rock while Benatar’s powerhouse vocals soared high above it all, never missing beat. It was a spectacular set-up for the main event and paired together it was an unforgettable evening and, yes, a “Woman’s World.”


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