The Queen is in Europe!
The iconic Cher has finally landed in Europe, kicking off this leg of her tour over in Germany. Here’s what went down – WARNING – this will get you giddy for 26th October!
Ahead of Cher's arrival here in Birmingham, check out ALL these incredible reviews her show is getting across Europe. In short, it just confirms exactly why Cher is the Queen of music! Get stuck into this lot...
Cher live 2019 in Berlin: "And what is your grandma doing tonight?"
On Thursday evening Cher celebrated the European opening of their "Here We Go Again" tour with 12,000 visitors. A choreographed revue spectacle that shows Cher at the height of her creativity and pays tribute to her colourful life's work.
You can't talk about Cher without thematizing her age. So first of all: Yes, Cher is 73 years old. A courageous and almost life-weary (but also lucrative) decision to tie a world tour at this age with 82 dates in 74 cities (19 in Europe, 14 before that in Australia and New Zealand, 34 in North America, 15 after that in North America, the end is on 19 December in Dallas) to her leg, isn't it? One might think. But Cher wouldn't be Cher if she didn't address this fact repeatedly, ironically and cordially during her concert in the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin. And if this concert hadn't resembled a best-of of her life's work in Las Vegas style.
The first minutes convey an insecure feeling. Late, around 9:20 p.m. and after the whistling gets louder in the multi-purpose hall, which is sold out up to the roof, the curtain falls and Cher enters, no, the stage floats. In a golden standing throne she is angelically lowered from the ceiling with a blue wig, a bit like Galactica from "Hallo Spencer". Downstairs their dancers in Roman outfits and a live band are waiting for their leader. She visibly finds it difficult not to get lost in the choreography for the opener "Woman's World". The singing still seems to be playback here, and thanks to the close-ups projected onto the screens, the impression arises that this tour can no longer endure the good ones to the end. But at least for tonight it will be true: The first impression was misleading.
Cher, the Beyoncé of the Ü50 generation
After the second song "Strong Enough" from her 22nd studio album BELIEVE (1998), Cher starts a central speech: After a few jokes about her German language skills and David Letterman ("the more unappealing version by Thomas Gottschalk") she remembers her 40th birthday. At that time, the actress and singer had to hear from Jack Nicholson, among others, that she was now too old for certain roles. The story proved her right: "Just because you're old, you're not necessarily out of the window", she concludes, and, in the best Cindy-Lauper or Sheryl-Crow manner: "Girls can do anything they wanna do." Before Cher goes into the dressing room to say goodbye to many more costume, wig and scenery changes to come, she asks her audience a rhetorical question: "What is your granny doing tonight?". - "What's your grandma doing tonight?" At the latest in this second Cher had won them all over. The older ladies and gentlemen among the spectators, their fans from the LGBTQ* community, for whom she is also a heroine, the ticket buyers, who wanted to take the chance to see one of the few big pop stars live for the last time. And it's true: Cher is the Beyoncé of the Ü50 generation. And Beyoncé is the Cher of the Millenials.
For those present who only know Cher as a singer, old interviews, sketches and scenes from the film classics in which she took part are shown during the costume change breaks: "Silkwood", "Suspect" and "The Witches of Eastwick", for example. For her leading role in "Moonstruck" as early widow Loretta Castorini, Cher won an Oscar for "Best Actress" in 1988. Cher sums up her dilemma, which ran through her career and from which she made a virtue, in a well-rehearsed quote: "Singers didn't see me as a singer, actors never took me seriously as an actress. I never belonged anywhere."
A worthy stage farewell - if it is then one
A clear, spectacularly presented and live sung Best-Of from her 54-year music career follows: Cher rides in on a mechanical elephant to "Gayatri Mantra", then sings "All Or Nothing" to "Welcome To Burlesque", and throws a precise burlesque interlude to "Welcome To Burlesque", in which she herself never poses exaggeratedly lasciviously and erotically (cf. Madonna). She celebrates a party to three ABBA songs from her 2018 cover album DANCING QUEEN, which also covers Michael Bolton. Under all the glittering surface, the pop icon manages not only to entertain with three of her most famous songs, but also to touch them: She sings her Marc-Cohn cover "Walking In Memphis" in front of a projected Midwestern small town, where loud posters with the word hybrid "Chelvis" hang; the "Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)" also enchants; "If I Could Turn Back Time" leads into a minute-long solo of her live guitarist, who could also pass for a Duff-Mc-Kagan double. The unspeakable Kirmes hit and autotune-breakthrough "Believe" is the finale of Cher's greatest commercial single success of all time, but the most moving and bizarre moment is when Cher sings "The Beat Goes On" and "I Got You Babe" in duet with Sonny Bono quite early in the set: Her ex-husband, who died 20 years ago, is shown on a screen squawking his part, Cher looks at him during her vocal interludes. She probably knows herself about the questionability of this undertaking: "I've thought about whether I'll do what's coming now, now or only on my next world tour". What sounds like another joke doesn't necessarily have to be one: Cher actually wanted to end her live career in 2004, after her "Dressed To Kill" tour. Maybe this is really her last tour. She would have been a worthy stage farewell.
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Pop spectacle without signs of aging
It's been 15 years since Cher last toured Germany. In between there was even talk of saying goodbye. But on Thursday evening the pop icon was back on stage in Berlin - and Bruno Dietel experienced an unparalleled show spectacle.
At a quarter past nine, the 12,000 people sitting in the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin become impatient for a moment: Where is she, the queen of pop? On the other hand, it's already clear to them that a pop goddess like Cher is a long time coming - she doesn't have to prove herself to anyone anymore. When the curtain falls at half past nine after a video prelude, Cher floats down on stage in a golden sedan chair to "Woman's World". People are thrilled - and perplexed: Is she really? Yes, and how! With golden microphone and bright blue wig. Already with the second song, her hit "Strong Enough", nobody sits any more.
New outfits for every song
Since Tuesday there has been rehearsing for the tour start in the Verti-Music-Hall right next door, scenery is a kind of arena. The dancers wear dazzling outfits reminiscent of ancient Rome and gladiatorial armour. Not only the dance ensemble, also Cher changes her outfits after every single song: glittering sequins, a black velvet cape, knee-length dark boots, a floor-length golden dress - the fundus seems endless.
Old is not over
Cher takes more than ten minutes for a monologue on stage. She jokes about her knowledge of German ("Wie geht es, Schatzi?"), tells about cancelled performances with David Letterman ("the unfriendly version of Thomas Gottschalk") and about the fact that she hates old age. "To be old doesn't mean to be over," calls the 73-year-old, who with her well-trained body and flawless face seems so thoroughly ageless.
Cher is an icon for the LGBTI community - and many gay and lesbian visitors have come. When her ex-husband Sonny appears on the screen and she sings the joint song "I Got You Bab", tears come to the eyes of many in the audience. Chers voice is present and strong all the time.
Overwhelming and "over the top".
A larger-than-life Indian elephant with glowing eyes, a hot burlesque show, dancers hovering under a starry sky, bell bottoms in squeaky bright colours - especially in the three ABBA songs, the costumes are getting shriller and shriller. Every single second of this show is clocked, perfected and choreographed - and so "over the top" that it almost kills you in a positive sense.
When the 73-year-old Cher jumps off stage after 20 songs and disappears through the gate under the show stairs, you are completely overwhelmed and disbelieved. What a pop spectacle.
Cher in Berlin elephant dummy, glitter bathrobe and consistently good mood
At the beginning of her concert in Berlin Cher performed "Woman's World" and let herself be lowered on a trapeze from airy heights to the stage in front of a camping gladiator troupe of dancers and a Taj Mahal-like scenery.Many older, but also many younger people could be observed on Thursday evening in the sold-out multi-purpose hall at Ostbahnhof, when Cher, one of our most timeless performers, performed here for the first time in 15 years in Germany and presented a multimedia-supported tour through her eventful biography with her "Her we go again" show, which matured in Vegas.
At the beginning, Cher performed "Woman's World" from her 2013 album "Closer to the truth" and let herself be lowered on a trapeze in front of a camped gladiator troop and a Taj Mahal-like scenery from airy heights to the stage; The background alone brought together enough disparate cultural references, but Chers' introductory outfit, a kind of invitingly glittering bathrobe to an even more inviting blue wig, expressed the true bridging grave that Cher so masterfully masters and that guarantees her lasting success: namely to be a cozy mom, glamour model, showgirl, gay icon in one - and still sing in her unchanged sonorous power-alto.
Cher Concert in Berlin: Virtual Duet with Sonny Bono
In the course of the evening we got the sixties Sonny and Cher Cher ("I got you babe"), the Abba covering Seventies Cher ("Fernando"), the lightly dressed Leatherjacket Eighty Powerballeden Cher ("If I could turn back time") and of course the late Nineties Hi-NRG Dance Pop Cher ("Believe") via virtual duet with her late husband Sonny Bono.
From a pop-historical point of view, the latter Cher is particularly worth mentioning, after all "Believe" was the first commercial pop song in which the autotune effect was used; Cher insisted at that time against the objections of their producers on its use, the song became a huge comeback hit and twenty years later all pop vocalists* still sound like slightly depressed robots, a seemingly plausible permanent state of all our future existences in view of progressive AI development and internet over-excitement.
Good mood throughout at the Cher concert in Berlin
In the present time and in the turbulent career review, however, through which Cher and her colourful troupe whirled us, there was always a good mood, no matter if it was a long speech or not, who in her kaleidescopic non-stringency recalled the Youtube snippet collages about Chers' career that appeared during changing breaks and which dealt with getting older and staying young as well as Thomas Gottschalk - who was much more nicer than David Letterman - or the lame piece "After All" itself, during which a lonely man rose in the audience, wearing a formidably luminous T-shirt with many avocados on it.
Cher rides an elephant dummyChers had a lot of fun early on entering an elephant dummy, which she did with an Indian mantra, only to sing her house hit "All or Nothing" in a Bollywood atmosphere: Her ability to mix the most uncompromising trash with naïve spirituality and a very hard-bitten feeling for entertainment shone through here, too, and to always remain the same despite all the backdrops and changes in musical style: stars you can rely on!
The sound of the multi-purpose hall is also reliably crappy, especially on a guitar solo, to which the previously rather colourless tour guitarist plucked a brilliant eighties power angel - but we didn't care about that either, because when Cher is in the house, you're in good hands, you could sing Schönberg's "Gurrelieder", read it out of a catalogue for lawnmowers, or simply dance wordlessly as casually as she did on Thursday evening. Hopefully she won't come back in 15 years; after all, she said that bittersweet "I got you Babe" with the words that she had actually only wanted to save it for the next farewell tour.
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