Being the ultimate Diva means you have nothing left to prove and Cher is sticking to the same tried and tested recipe when it comes to her Here We Go Again Tour. The budget was wearing thin when it came to the opening act with little known party DJ, Andrew McClelland solemnly standing on stage playing songs that should have remained over the loudspeaker as the audience had to witness and endure the most cringe worthy dance moves.
Time for Cher, the opening act extraordinaire…. Kicking off her Australian tour with a Brisbane stop the Diva descended from the ceiling miming loudly to her #MeToo anthem Woman’s World wearing bull horns and adorned in a black cape… here we go again. Cher means business as she shuffles the floor surrounded by high energy dancers. Next the audience witnessed a powerhouse performance of Strong Enough belted to heavy backing tracks. The show runs like a well oiled machine as the Diva dives straight into her long winded monologue and when she forgets her place there is always the teleprompter to remind her what to say. A hello Brisbane or acknowledgement of her Australian fans would have been nice, but the opportunity to connect with the audience is lost throughout the entire vegas style show.
The stage burst with bright lights and even brighter colours, as dancers sashayed across it. Farewell Tour recycled elephant wheeled in the nick of time to accompany the semi mimed All or Nothing, just one song is all that is needed here before Cher is again whipped away for another costume change. The showed rolled through her usual hits along the way including I Got You Babe with Sonny Bono, Gypsies Tramps and Thieves set from Las Vegas and a politically corrected Half Breed costume which resembled a potato sack. A magnificent mimed performance of Welcome to Burlesque allowed for a little more foot work.
Cher looked sensational in all of her outfits throughout the night as the many breaks including the usual video montages helped the 72 year old catch her breath and minimise time on stage. Her ongoing stamina is of the upmost importance to keep the tour alive as the singer kept the dancing to a minimum surrounded by her back-up army moving at speed. There were even some moments during the un-mimed songs when Cher, as all consummate live performers will do, couldn’t quite hit a high note and so held back.
For fans who have witnessed her prior tours nothing was new and fresh until her ABBA set arrived. ‘Waterloo’ had the crowd on their feet and ‘Fernando’ had them swaying from side to side. By the time she sang the 1980s power ballad ‘I Found Someone’ the music was really pumping. And here we go again in usual fashion the show ended with Turn Back Time and Believe in the same attire as other tours of course.
Cher reminded the audience “What’s your Granny doing tonight?” Lets think…. Quality time with family, doting over grand kids, retirement, travel, knitting?
At 72 years old Cher has created a show for the masses that has been well rehearsed over the last 15 years. Predictable as ever for fans who have followed her every move. As an added bonus Cher has graciously recycled her Dressed To Kill Tour program and stuck a Here We Go Again cover on top. Ladies and Gentleman Here We Go Again, Ca-Ching!
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