April 21, 2019 PHILADELPHIA — Cher, the “Goddess of Pop” just came through Philly during her Farewell Tour (…well, as farewell as farewell tours go these days.) The 16-song set with a mixture of live, film, tape, and dance performances was amazing – especially for a 73-year old!
With music spanning over 50 years, the concert was a very entertaining and visually stimulating production. The evening began with Cher’s stage entrance – from above – on a glowing platform, rolling into Woman’s World and Strong Enough with dancers dressed as Roman centurions. And the evening visuals were just beginning, with no less than 8 wardrobe changes for Cher, during which acrobats, 10 or more dancers, and even film snippets of her singing career were played.
Cher’s performances were backed up by a 5-piece band, and included duos with “Sonny” via tape for The Beat Goes On and I Got You Babe, as well as covers from Abba (Waterloo, SOS, and Fernando), Elvis (Heartbreak Hotel), and Marc Cohen (Walking in Memphis.) Wrapping up the main set was Cher’s best-selling Believe. Noticeably missing however were her 1970’s hits Half-Breed and Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, but I heard no complaints from the fans.
Loyal fans, young and old and very diverse, can’t wait for Cher’s next Farewell Tour!
[Photos by Rick Pettine]
[Article by Rick Pettine]
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