Ageless Cher, 68, wows LA in concert and asks crowd: “What’s YOUR grandmother doing tonight?”
Had a glorious time at the Cher concert last night at Staples Center.
This was my fifth Cher concert and I am just astounded that her talent and drive are not at all diminished at 68.
She reminded us of her age at the start of the show then asked: “What’s YOUR grandmother doing tonight?”
The production numbers and costumes and the dancers are just top-notch – so superbly done. But none of it would matter if the voice were not as strong as ever and Cher still so energetic and fun with her banter between some of the songs.
Some songs from her newest and perhaps best solo album yet, Closer to the Truth, were peppered throughout the show as she kicked things off with Woman’s World then ended the show literally flying over the audience as she sang the gorgeous ballad I Hope You Find It.
A tribute to late husband and singing partner Sonny Bono was just perfect as Cher dueted with video of Sonny on two of their biggest hits I Got You Babe and The Beat Goes On.
Hits from just about every decade since the 60s were performed including Half Breed in a mega headdress, If I Could Turn Back Time and I Found Someone in what she jokes is her “dental floss” outfit plus Dark Lady, Gypsies Tramps and Thieves, Strong Enough, Just Like Jessie James and You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me, the soaring, delicious ballad from Burlesque.
Of course she saved Believe as the penultimate number – the biggest hit of her career.
I’m so glad Cher continues to perform Walking in Memphis as a tribute to Elvis Presley because it’s one of my favorite recordings of hers but was a bit sad she has dropped her stupendous cover of U2′s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.
In fact, many Cher hits – some very big hits – did not make the cut this tour including Heart of Stone, Take Me Home, Song For the Lonely, We All Sleep Alone, Bang Bang, All I Really Want To Do, The Shoop Shoop Song, All Or Nothing and After All.
But she more than gives her money’s worth and I’m glad she winked when she called this her “farewell, farewell tour” because there is no damned reason for her to stop.
Cher is as good as she ever was – maybe better – and, I think, is the ultimate entertainer.
Also, huge kudos to opening act Cyndi Lauper who never gives less than 100%, has the most amazing voice and is all about love and equality. When she sings True Colors, I almost always want to burst into tears because it’s a song that speaks to my soul.