Ageless Cher not ready to call it a career

 

Cher Dressed To Kill Tour

Back in 2002 Cher called her Farewell Tour her very last, then it extended into 2003, 2005 and 2005.  “This truly is it” for touring. However at the age of 67, Cher couldn’t resist coming out of retirement for her “Dressed to Kill” tour. Since launching in March, her show has been almost universally praised; it stops at The Times Union Center on Thursday, Sept. 11.

After this, she says, she is done.

During a phone call Tuesday from Philadelphia, Cher explained what brought her back, how this show is different, and why we’ll never see her on the road again:

Q: I suspect a lot of people last time around thought it would be their last chance to see you perform live. Are you definitively saying that this is definitely it for you in terms of touring?

A: Yeah. There will be no more touring for me. And it’s kind of a scary thought.

Q: But didn’t you think the previous tour would be your last one, too?

A: I swear, it never occurred to me that I would tour again. Because I was pretty old then. How old was I, Lizzie? (Talking to her publicist Liz Rosenberg.) I was old. I was already old. But that was 11 years ago. Eleven years ago I was old. … I think the only person that ever toured at 70 was Tina (Turner). But Tina’s a special case.

Q: Some would say you’re a special case, too.

A: No, I’m not as special as Tina. Tina’s got more energy than five young girls.

Q: What’s your energy level like?

A: I mean, I work out after the show sometimes, or the day of the show. So I still have an awful lot of energy, and then run around all night.

Q: So did you feel an obligation to tour again once you put out the “Closer to the Truth” album last year?

A: Definitely. If the album hadn’t been well-received — I don’t know. I don’t think anyone would’ve come. Well, maybe that’s not exactly true, but …

Q: But the crowds have been great so far, I’ve read.

A: They’ve been unbelievable. Maybe they’re just being nice because I’m old.

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Q: I hear you go through more than a dozen costume changes.

A: We go through I think 11.

Q: And the costumes are similar in terms of elaborateness to the last tour?

A: Well, I am missing Bob Mackie (her longtime designer turned down the opportunity to create her costumes this time), which was kind of a big blow. But I do have costumes of his that I wear that are still beautiful. People would really be upset if I turned up to sing “Turn Back Time” and wasn’t in my costume that they love. Or the Indian costume.

Q: Are those costume changes getting harder to pull off?

A: We can get in and out of every single one of them in less than two minutes.

Q: So do you feel like you’ve slowed down at all on stage?

A: No, I haven’t slowed down. But I had my foot operated on (in December, to repair an old injury) and that’s kept me from dancing. For a person who had this operation, which was a pretty rough operation, I’m doing great. So I run around for an hour and 40-something minutes. I’m just not dancing as much, and I have to watch my foot because it gets really swollen and painful. But it doesn’t slow me down. … It waits till after I’m off-stage. Also, adrenaline is an amazing painkiller.

Q: Are you sure this is your last tour?

A: Look, I will never be able to do anything but worse than I’m doing right now. You have to know when you have to go.

Q: How would you compare the “Dressed to Kill” tour, in terms of ambitiousness, to the “Farewell Tour” from last decade?

A: I think that was a really good tour. I had a good time and it did really well. But I think this is a better show. It just got out of hand. That’s why it’s better. We spent too much money and it just got out of hand. My director and I, we sat in a room for days on end, and made up stuff — and we made up a lot of stuff this time that was really expensive. We’d just sit down and start having ideas, and the really good ideas are usually expensive.

Q: What are your thoughts on today’s pop stars?

A: It’s no different than ever. There’s great ones and there’s mediocre ones and there’s ones that are just lucky.

Q: What artists do you find yourself listening to most these days?

A: I’m kind of hung up on Adele, and I’ve still got a thing for Amy Winehouse. I really enjoyed her so much, and (her alcohol-related death in 2011) was hard for me. I hate it when unbelievable artists make that fatal mistake. It’s like Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I enjoyed watching him so much. … So many people have died since I started my work, and it never gets easier when great artists have untimely deaths.

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You can still BUY TICKETS to see Cher’s Dressed To Kill Tour here.

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13 Responses to Ageless Cher not ready to call it a career

  1. I would love to meet Cher in person

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  2. Michelle Obama

    This is an ooold interview!

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    • Derrick

      I don’t know where you got that idea….but this interview is current.. It was an interview that Cher did by phone only 3 days ago….She was in a hotel in Philadelphia with her publicist and her sister.

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    • Derrick

      I don’t know where you got that idea….but this interview is current.. It was an interview that Cher did by phone only 3 days ago….She was in a hotel in Philadelphia with her publicist and her sister.

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    • Derrick

      Did forget one thing. If you are referring to the filmed interview above where Cher is wearing her short blonde curly wig….yes…..that was an interview from years ago. So, if I misunderstood you, I apologize.

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  3. lLinda Alderman

    My oldest daughter Angie will turn 50 Sept 15. She has always wanted to see Cher and Tina. We did get to see Tina . So now we will get to see Cher. She said that those two things were on her bucket list. Her father passed away in 2011 she’s having a hard time with that so getting to see cher will help her. Glad she is coming to Charleston as we are 70 miles away.

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    • Derrick

      I promise you that the 70 mile drive will be totally worth it to you. Both you and your daughter are in for an evening that you will both cherish for the rest of your lives. By the way……alittle secret here……..Cher loves the people from North and South Carolina very much. She always appreciated their outpouring of love and their high energy level while she is on stage. She gives those audiences just a bit more because she truly loves you!!! I wish you both the most enjoyable and memorable night of your lives!!!!

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  4. dusty

    STILL WAITING ON THE DTK CONCERT DVD

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    • Derrick

      Hi Dusty…..Cher made it clear that the filming of this tour would be done only after Bob Mackie’s contractual obligations were fulfilled, and he was then able to design new costumes for her tour. I’m told that the most outrageous one will be the new opening costume for Woman’s World. Cher has actually said that she is so nervous to wear this because she is so naked. Go figure huh??? The new costumes have all been made in July and August.The dancers costumes were changed also. Cher also added a new song to the concert. Obviously on 9-11 will be her first time doing the show for the first time. Just as soon as she feels it it’s perfected it will be filmed for DVD. I live in South Florida which is where she chose to film the Farewell Tour. Be patient…..it’s on it’s way and it will definetly be her ABSOLUTE BEST!!!!!!!

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  5. Michelle Obama

    Actually Derrick the interview is 4 months old.. Google it.. That’s why Cher says that she’s missing Bob from the tour WHICH ISN’T EVEN THE CASE NOW, so……….

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  6. Christophe

    Hey Derrick hope u r well, always so full of great info on out dear CHER, saw CHER 2x tis year once in NY-Bkyln, then NJ, and seein her again for the 2 shows in NYC,, TEAAAAAAAAAA

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  7. adrian

    Hey! 🙂 Will she come to Europe? I only saw her when I was 4 and I don’t remember so much,and she wa supposed to come to norway on 2005 but she cancelled the whole show. Now I’m 19 and dying to see her! But I can’t afford to travel to the states 🙁

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  8. Cherfan90210

    She will never stop, her life on broadway next! Then another album I hope.

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