Cher Trounces US Airway Center

Cher Concert

Photo by: by Michael Todd / CBS Radio

Ah Cher, what can be said that hasn’t already. The concert was AMAZING, of course. With all of the costume changes and glitz and glam it was sure to be a night the audience will never forget.

The night started out with the KOOL FM Pre-Party, with Lysa D mixing the best hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s.  Where we not only had a Cher Celebrity Impersonator, but TWO KOOL FM Chers for fans to take pictures with.

This is the first concert of Cher’s eighth solo concert. Phoenix was fortunate enough to get Pat Bentar and Neil Giraldo as the “special guests” who go the crowd “All Fired Up” with their hit songs “Hell is For Children”, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot, “Love is a Battlefield” and “Heartbreaker”.

When Cher took to the stage to “Woman’s World” off her new “Closer to the Truth” Album.    Then she reminded us that she was “Strong Enough” and lead into a medley of some of her classic hits.  Even taking a moment to sing “I’ve Got You Babe” with a projection of former husband Sonny Bono.

Listener submitted photo

Listener submitted photo

Cher even rolled out “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves”, “Dark Lady” and “Halfbreed” which were followed by a collection of her roles in movies like, “Silkwood”, “Witches of Eastwicks”, “Mask” and “Mermaids”.

When she returned to the stage the set was changed and we were transported to club Burlesque, and wrapped up with a moving performance of “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me”.  The dancers performance went perfectly with each set, with acrobatics worthy of Cirque Du Soleil.

Listener submitted photo

Listener submitted photo

And there was fun for fans old and new.  Cher knows how to put on a show, from her cover of “Walking in Memphis” to her performance of “Just Like Jesse James”, which interestingly enough, she mentioned was her least favorite song.  So she followed it with her favorite song, which happens to be the title track “Heart of Stone”.

There was an amazing rock performance of “Bang Bang” during one of the final costume changes, when Cher returned to the stage to peform “I Found Someone” and “If I Could Turn Back Time”.  And she didn’t just give an encore performance of “Believe” and “I Hope You Find It”, but she did it while floating OVER the audience, giving almost everyone a chance to get up close to her.

She says this is the final tour, but here’s to hoping it’s a never ending one.

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