Cher triumphs in Phoenix Tour Opener

 

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It was the kind of happily profane and blunt talk that is one of Cher’s trademarks. One of her others, of course, is the larger-than-life live performance, which she mastered during her days as a Vegas headliner starting in the late 1970s. It was evident there was no change in that department, either, as soon as Cher appeared on top of a pedestal in an Egyptian-themed outfit, sporting a towering headdress. It was crazy in just the right way.

The show opened with a breathless one-two punch by featuring her recent club hit “Woman’s World,” followed by the twirly disco of 1998’s “Strong Enough.” Then Cher talked to the crowd in delightfully disconnected fashion, with a conversation that started with the topic of Kim Kardashian’s rear and ended on Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat. She claimed this was definitely her farewell tour, though how seriously can we take the news? At 67, she looks fit and ageless, though she doesn’t shy away from the topic: “Any people here my age?” she asked the crowd, to a cheer of approval. “I don’t believe you,” she announced.

From there, the show moved from one eye-popping set piece to another, while the costumes got increasingly grand. Cher outfits are like her greatest hits, in that there are some in the mix that fans love more than others. These include the striking Native American headdress she donned for “Half-Breed” and an outfit that recalled the flesh-baring number from 1987’s “I Found Someone” video.

Musically, she has touched on different styles through the years, and a five-piece band (with two backing singers) capably helped her run through her history. Her dark-hued voice was in fine shape as she worked her way through a setlist that focused more on past triumphs as opposed to her most recent album, last year’s “Closer to the Truth.” She didn’t even mention the disc from the stage. Then again, why should she? She’s Cher, and shameless plugging seems beneath her.

The song choices were smart, ranging from the AM-radio bliss of “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” and “Dark Lady” to a loving reading of Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis,” which she recorded on 1995’s wildly underrated “It’s a Man’s World.” She deserves more credit as a vocalist than she receives; she took “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from 2010’s flop movie “Burlesque” and made it into an anthem that felt deeply personal. Judging from the audience’s response, the tune could emerge as her equivalent of Sinatra’s “My Way.”

The evening’s most emotional moment occurred when she talked about ex-hubby Sonny Bono, who died in 1998. She reminisced about how he loved to be on stage, then sang “I Got You Babe” as a virtual duet as black-and-white footage of Sonny appeared on a giant video screen. For fans of a certain age, the segment could make you reach for a Kleenex.

Looking at the diversity of the crowd, Cher’s fans come from all demographics. There were people in their 20s and folks who were clearly older than the star. Seemingly all of them were on their feet for a neon-hued production of the dance-floor filler “Believe,” in which she wore a pink wig while her dancers surrounded her and two aerialists hovered above.

If it seemed like the show couldn’t top that moment, then came the encore, in which she floated above the crowd on a pedestal that drifted around the arena while she sang “I Hope You Find It.” It was essentially Cher’s grand-slam moment, which left audience members open-mouthed in wonder. On her last tour, she dared her fellow female singers, “Follow this, bitches!” Really, how can they?

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Even without a curve, the night was a solid A+.

Setlist

“Woman’s World”

“Strong Enough”

“Dressed To Kill”

“The Beat Goes On”

“I Got You Babe”

“Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves”

“Dark Lady”

“Half-Breed”

“Welcome to Burlesque”

“You Haven’t Seen the Last Of Me”

“Take It Like a Man”

“Walking In Memphis”

“Just Like Jesse James”

“Heart of Stone”

“The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)”

“Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”

“I Found Someone”

“If I Could Turn Back Time”

“Believe”

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“I Hope You Find It”

REVIEW FROM AZ CENTRAL

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Cher triumphs in Phoenix Tour Opener, 8.1 out of 10 based on 8 ratings

11 Responses to Cher triumphs in Phoenix Tour Opener

  1. Nevaeh

    YES YES YES!!!! AZ Central got it perfectly on point! This was a night of Fashion, Humor, Vulnerability, Story-Telling and HONEST performing. CHER was LIVE the entire show and even when she missed some lyrics she would stop and say “Oh S–T” and move on! This was the ultimate concert for any Cher fans! I highly recommend seeing her! Now if only Tina Turner would do a go round one more time! LOL

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  2. Michele Maraviglia

    Loved the review, I can’t wait to see the show.

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  3. sofondaykoch

    Actually I watched the YHSTLOM video from concert and I heard the voice start before she actually sang live so I don’t understand that. Does she sing live to a recording?

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    • Ant

      I saw the same video, but if you look in the comments, the person who put the video up did say that it was down to his recording, meaning the audio and the video didn’t match up.

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  4. sofondaykoch

    Oh and I think the greatest Cher song ever is Heart of Stone. I never tire of it and it reminds me when I was a peasant girl growing up in Yugoslavia

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  5. dusty

    love the song list but it could have had a few more newer sonds like will you wait for me,lovers forever,and i don’t have to sleep to dream but all in all fantastic but i just found out that i’m unable to go and see her my best friend now “ex” friend said we were gonna go but then pulled out and said i’d rather spend my money on something i can get some use out of and worth my money for i told her to f**k off i didn’t want you around any more she hit the road after that

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  6. dusty

    i ment songs still really upset i’m not able to go and see cher it kills me inside that i cant be there i hope they put the tour on dvd so i can pretend i was there

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  7. Cherfan90210

    Ohh dusty I feel really bad for you. Ur friend sounds like a real pain in the ass bitch. Hope you slapped her on the way out! How dare she deny u Cher. I hope Cher changes the set list a bit to include Song For The Lonely and maybe a hit from Its A Mans World other than Walking in Memphis. I love the costumes!

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  8. dusty

    thank you so much cherfan she actually promised me then denied me cher so i’ll listen and sing along to my cher songs that i like and your right about another song from its a mans world i love the gun man and what about the moonlight but i also have both the us,and uk edition oh and one by one is also a good one love to hear rain,rain or love is a lonely place without you

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  9. dusty

    and i took care of that bi**h by telling her to find another place to live kicked her ass to the curb and told her seven years of friend ship wasted on alow life like you she started crying and i told her don’t come crying to me anymore

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  10. JOHN From Pittsburgh

    Just Saw The CHER Concert in Pittsburgh on 04/02/14! AWESOME as usual! CHER is Amazing! I’ve seen her over a dozen times and own two (2) outfits from the S & C Show! One (1) outfit was with Burt Renyolds and the other one (1) CHER was from a Donna Jean Bodine skit! Pat Benatar was an Awesome Openning Act as well! Highly Recommended!!!!

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