Cher dazzles Calgary at Saddledome

 

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

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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5 Responses to Cher dazzles Calgary at Saddledome

  1. Izzy

    Some fair and simple observations from the Calgary Sun. If political correctness is going to be on his agenda though, best not be commenting about Cyndi Lauper’s ‘butt’. Takes me back to the sexist comments of the 80’s

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  2. kelly

    I was there it was amazing !!!!! cher was funny and beautiful and spoke to the crowed before the show started , she said ” hello ? im just getting the last bit of my fabulous nes on and ill be out in to secs k?

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  3. Pauline Orchard

    If this is a world tour then when is she coming to the Great Britain, And if she does I hope she comes over and goes to other places around the UK. As this country doesn’t consist of London alone Like some people think

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  4. TL

    I can’t lie but I’m REALLY sad the set list is down to 14 songs. Just a month ago it was 18 songs. IT SUCKS being at the end of her tour!!!!!

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  5. TL

    OK, I take back what I said about the 14 song setlist. I was at the Ontario,Ca 7/5/2014 show and it was awesome! A 16 song setlist.

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