Star balances state-of-the-art production with doses of self-deprecation...She addresse[d] her fans while the arena's house lights were still on...this simple gimmick to start the show re-introduced the irreverent voice and personality that first captivated the mainstream in 1965...the show-opening "Woman's World" and "Take It Like a Man" -- sailed as fine examples of modern electronic dance music. All of the art direction for "Believe" called for a do-over.
A spectacular ride...the wide and varying ages of those present prove that she continues to appeal to the masses...Later in the evening, she would speak about the three things that she remembers about the Detroit area: that one of her wigs once fell off here, that she found her cat underneath a tour bus while performing here and took him home where he became "the luckiest cat in the world" and that at one time her late husband/singing partner Sonny Bono worked in Detroit.
Low-key restraint was never Cher’s bag and this concert reeked of excess, sometimes to the detriment of the show. The overblown staging seem to overwhelm the songs and there was a constant beehive of activity onstage, especially when acrobatic dancers were swirling overhead on circular metal cylinders...The best moments, for me, came when Cher toned things down.
Which sucks because I love this cover and it would look great alongside all the other CD singles we all have.
Cher's in Elle Magazine will hit the newsstands next Tuesday as reported by Cher News. You can also find sneak peaks of photos there.
Cher tweeted that the tour will be extended at the end of the year (yeah!), but no word yet on ticket sale dates
Cher News found some interesting posts pertaining to Cyndi Lauper who has just joined the tour in place of Pat Benetar:
- Buffalo News talks about the debt younger pop divas owe to Cher, including Cyndi Lauper (for stage presence), Madonna (for being as much about the show as the music), Christina Aguilera (for her professed love of Cher and ability to work pop's subgenres) and Lady Gaga (for ability to shock without alienating fans).
- Excerpts of Cyndi Lauper's comments in Time Magazine: "Yes, this is my third tour with Cher, but it has been a long time – almost ten years since last we toured together. I was a fan of hers growing up. I bought her records and of course watched 'The Sonny & Cher Show' religiously. I mean, the costumes and the hair and the make-up! Come on! I'm looking forward to being on the road with her again."Cher has always been very supportive of me. There were times in my career when I needed her and she has been there for me, so I wanted to be able to go out again with her to say thanks."