Cher’s Retiring again! Wink Wink – Boston Tour Review

 

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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37 Responses to Cher’s Retiring again! Wink Wink – Boston Tour Review

  1. Christophe

    THIS SUMS IT ALL UP!

    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.
    CHER HAS SURVIVED ALL OF THEM N WILL SURVIVE MANY MORE

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  2. dusty

    all those other artist do not have that special something cher has so they will never make it far they are all one hit wonder wash ups unlike cher who will endure all

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  3. Cherfan90210

    Cher has once again proven she is the ultimate diva queen on this tour. No one will ever match her achievements!

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  4. DanD

    I was there at the boston showing but unfortunately had to leave towards the end of pat benatar, my friend had a bad anxiety attack and missed cher comletely…I hope to see her next month in NJ

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  5. Alex Diaz

    We came from Spain to see Cher at Td Garden, Boston ans definitively she´s at the top of the music world!!!! H.U.R.R.A. for Cher!!!!!!

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    • Christophe

      HURRAY FOR U,, nad bravo,, u r true fans,, i just saw the FB page for CHER in spanish,, amazing! that FB does better work then here in the USA,, daily updates, pics i’ve never seen,,i dont get it,, seeing CHER here in NYC 2x in May,, cant wait

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  6. Cher must come to South-Africa like Lady Gaga there are A LOT of Cher fans over here .Please come to South-Africa!!

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  7. Lynn

    It’s really so funny to read all these commemts. It makes me wonder if they saw the same show I did at Ceaser’s a few years ago. I went to see CHER, and altho some of film clips were fun, even they got old after so many costume changes. The rest of the show was like amatuer night in Dixie, actrobats, & jugglers. I wanted to just see CHER and hear her sing. Not sing one song and then leave the stage to change outfits. That make the show have “no flow”. You just couldn’t get into her….I love Cher, been a fan for almost her entire career and I love her attitude and her get looks, but for me….I could just sit and listen to her sing or just talk and be happy. Of course her Bob Macke clothes are so beautiful, but that isn’t what the show should be about, is it??? Anone out there agree with me?

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  8. Cher. = Goddess of Pop
    Michael Jackson. = King of Pop
    Madonna. = Queen of Pop
    Britney Spears. = Princess of Pop
    Christina Ag… = Pop Princess

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  9. Christophe

    GREAT NEWS GANG! ‘Buffalo News’ recognises her influence on a quartet of pop divas.
    THIS IS THE BEST NEWS EVER!!!! 4 x is a charm i guess,, i wonder if any other female artist has done this with a new CD,,??
    Some diva’s OWE CHER BIG TIME,, Cyndi Lauper has acknowledged CHER n her talents, so has gaga, but i don’t think madonna has ! or has she? or will she? whether she likes it or not CHER paved the way and madonna jumped on CHER’s wagoon,, a THANK YOU IS DUE!

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  10. rony

    Right now Cher is shooting a video for DTK tour. She has announced changes in set list. A few songs will be taken out and a few new ones will be added.

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  11. Derrick

    Hello to everyone here at Cherworld!!! I’ve been away for a short time because I had surgery done. While I am at home getting my strength back I wanted to “Cher” some exciting news with all of you. This has not been done yet…but…Cher is definetly 100% going to have this tour filmed for DVD. As she goes along with her dates making changes here and there…..when she feels that she has perfected this show she will then set the date and city that it will be filmed in. She did the same thing for her Farewell Tour. When she felt everything was just right she chose Miami and gave a kickass performance. I was there that night and will remember it for as long as I live. So fret not my friends….all of us will have a copy of this tour. I remember reading here that some people were quite sad that they couldn’t go to this show. Well consider yourselves having front row seats and put a great big smile on your faces!!!! This is a definite and all of you can count on this. She WILL NOT change her mind and back out of this. She did mention to a friend of mine that she would like to also have her foot in better condition before filming so she can move around better. Don’t forget that she had surgery and it dosen’t heal overnight. Her goal is to film herself at her best and I LOVE her for that!!!! Have a great day everyone. Love to you all………

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    • Christophe

      hello my freind, i hope u r resting up n feelin better,, always great to see u write n info us,, be well, take care

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      • Derrick

        Thank you my friend for your kind good wishes. They are greatly appreciated. Be well and very soon I will be back updating you and my new friends….

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  12. Hope a new costume will be done for new songs

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    • Derrick

      Hi Alberto… Wasn’t going to bring up what you posted just yet, but yes a few new costumes are in the works. Hush hush talks are going on now that Mackie will design 2 of them. Enough said….don’t want to give away all the surprises!!!! Be well my friend!

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  13. dusty

    i think she will wait to put it on dvd when she gets to las vegas at the mgm grand just got a feeling by that time she should have the routine down and her foot will feel better if it was possible i would take her pain away i hate seeing her hurting….heal quickly cher we all love you so much

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  14. rony

    I dont like showing off, but now I must! I´m dying! Cher replied to my tweet: ‏@Ron730 @cher What about replacing old song with new ones? I would love to hear you sing Red, love you! @cher ·19 hrs @Ron730 6 new songs ! I might be able 2 put in 1 more ?

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    • Christophe

      WOW,, i am so bad at twts i twtd many times, but dont know if she has ever replied,, i going to push,, congra’s RONY

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    • Derrick

      Hi Rony,
      My name is Derrick and I just wanted to let you know how happy I am for you that Cher responded back to your tweet.You should feel very priviliged. Wanna know why???? The changing of the songs was sopposed to be a hush hush surprise, and Cher just blurted it out to you (ha ha ha ha) She’s so funny. She made such a big deal about us not saying anything and then she just blurts it out to you. That’s why I love her so much. She is sooooooooooo cool!!! I’m really happy for you and hope you get to see her show when she puts in your songs.

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  15. rony

    Thank you Derrick for your words, made me even happier 🙂 God bless you 🙂

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    • Derrick

      Hey Rony,
      I’m very happy that I was able to make you happy! You my new friend…..are the envy of everyone today, and I couldn’t be happier for you. If you are going to see Cher on this tour I hope that it’s everything that you want it to be and even more!! Want alittle hint on how to get her attention and a nice kiss too????? If you can make it close to the stage just bring her a single yellow rose and a single red rose to go with it. Just stick your hand out towards her and she will take them from you and I wouldn’t be too surprised if you got a nice peck on the cheek and a hug too? Gee….I wonder how I know this???? Could I have done this myself??? (ha ha ha ha). Enjoy your happy day and God Bless you too Rony.

      Derrick

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      • Christophe

        SO cool that u know so much on CHER,, hope u r feelin better,,

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        • Derrick

          I am feeling better slowly but surely. Will be my old self in no time. Thanks again for caring! Hey..I had a really cool thought. Wouldn’t it be fun if all of us here could meet and go to the same show?? First we get picked up in our limo, then it’s out for a light dinner.Before hitting the stadium we of course need to stop at the florist to pick up Cher’s gifts and then off we go. Dosen’t that sound great? Wish it were true. So many people here at Cherworld sound like fun happy people. I live for that!!! My love to you all and have the best day ever!!
          Derrick

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          • Christophe

            THAT WOULD BE OUT OF THIS WORLD<< AMAZING,,, SHE IS EXTENDING HER tour,, maybe then,, be well, be safe, hugs Christophe

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  16. Christophe

    Hey RONY, its coz of u n derrick, ur inspiration!
    i twtd cher no luck yet,, but will keep trying but twtd her assist Paulette askin her to tell our beautiful CHER to consider singin Sirens (means lots to me since my brother passed away in St. Vincent hospital, SV has now been sold n turnin in2 apt building)n My love,, she twtd me back saying
    paulette howell
    @howell_paulette

    @Christophe_NYC I adore those 2 songs!!!! – 23 Apr

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  17. Christophe

    LUV WHAT”Rock Show Critique”from Buffalo had 2 say about u CHER: “Her legacy is something that we may never see again in our lifetime” HOW TRUE

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  18. Christophe

    WE NEED UPDATES, PLS!

    I AM NOT LIKING THIS DUDES REVIEWS
    google it and write back to him
    It Happened Last Night: Cher, Cyndi, and Madame Patti LaBelle in Philadelphia
    BY VICTOR FIORILLO | APRIL 29, 2014 AT 8:49 AM

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  19. dusty

    i tend to disreguard those asses who dont have anything nice to say if you ask me there just jealous that others have talent they will never have no matter what they do or say doesnt change the fact there loosers and cher is not and never will be

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  20. dusty

    dont worry cher iv’e got your back

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  21. When is new reviews coming in!!!

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  22. rony

    Hello, Christophe. Sorry to hear about your brother. As far as I know, Cher wanted to sing Sirens, don´t know why she changed her mind. But a few days ago she said that it was the last time she sang Heart of Stone, so we can hope that a new song is coming.

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    • Christophe

      Thank u Rony, love HOS, but would love it more if she sang SIRENS, CHER DO IT FOR NYC and for the reason why Nell Bryden wrote this song

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  23. rony

    I was so surprised today! Live in central Europe, and I was in a shopping mall 2day, and I heard TILAM on radio. Isn´t it gr8?!

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  24. rony

    Cher will sing two songs on the upcoming album by Wu Tang Clan! Check the demo of RED with a new auto-tuned verse, it´s so cool!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF1EMQ9kiSA

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