The 73-year-old Goddess of Pop, CHER returned to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center for the second sold out night which was added after the first date sold out so quickly back in April, returning just 8-months later on the second leg of her highly successful ‘Here We Go Again‘ Tour.
Cher brought along special guests Nile Rodgers and Chic as the support act as she did on the last leg of the tour and they didn’t disappoint as they brought along a party-filled set list. Cher currently on tour in support of her twenty-sixth studio album, Dancing Queen, the album which features all ABBA covers. The singer has been treking across the world since January 19th on the ‘Here We Go Again‘ tour which marks the first time the singer has embarked on a world tour since her Living Proof: The Farewell Tour (2002-2005), and could very well be her last tour as she joked during the show that this is her third but final farewell trek.
Cher is an icon who has proven to never give up on your dreams even if it doesn’t feel like your dream is going to come true in the beginning, if you keep on pursuing it, you will eventually make it to the top of whatever that may be and Cher has done just that and then some. Cher is now an award winning artists collecting awards such as a Grammy, an Emmy, three Golden Globes, an Oscar and was even recently celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honors earlier this year. Not to mention earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with Sonny & Cher, and selling over 140 million records worldwide making her one of the best selling artists of all time. Also, showcasing female-empowerment and showing what it is to be a strong woman in a male-dominated industry.
Cher’s performance launched as she descended from above after a video montage featuring spotlighted moments of her 6-decade-spanning illustrious career with the soundtrack of the montage being “Woman’s World,” it was only right to finish the song as she touched down to the stage with shield-wielding dancers surrounding her before exploding into “Strong Enough,” which got the crowd screaming and dancing along almost immediately from start to finish. Then giving fans a 15-minute monologue telling a story about knowing your worth, turning 40 and having other hilarious banter with the crowd. After her hilarious banter, Cher infamously asked the crowd “what’s your granny doing tonight?” before exiting the stage, only to return moments later atop a sparkling mechanical elephant with lighted tusks singing “Gayatri Mantra” before performing “All or Nothing” in a very Aladdin-esque performance.
Cher brought along a massive production for her live show including an elegant sparkling castle-like encrusted stage complete with colorful lights, a huge video screen giving visuals for each song, an imperial staircase surrounding the castle-like background and of course her vibrant, elegant, elaborate, over-the-top costumes throughout the performance. Cher had several impeccable costume changes, we counted eight to be exact including gladiator-inspired, middle eastern, retro, disco and dazzling visually stunning outfits of all kinds and colors that only Cher could pull off. Each of the outfits complete with a Cher signature flamboyant wig to perfectly match the attire or performance. And let’s not forget Cher’s extreme eye makeup which was glitter-filled for the Philadelphia show and her thigh-high stilettos, Red Bottom heels, and platform shoes throughout the night. Even including her sultry sheer black sequined bodysuit that looked exactly like the one she wore in her chart-topping hit song “If I Could Turn Back Time” music video exactly 30 years ago, even using a dance move from the music video to finish out the song, skipping across the stage. Although there was many of wardrobe changes, Cher did not leave fans waiting but continue to entertain even during the breaks for wardrobe changes giving fans acrobats, dance routines and video montages of her life, movies and television shows that she appeared in and light shows.
Cher’s set seemingly was broken down into different portions throughout the 90-minute evening, after her refreshing opening segment she played a video montage of ‘Sonny & Cher’ moments before a two-song tribute to her late ex-husband Sonny Bono as she performed “The Beat Goes On” followed Sonny Bono collaborative “I Got You Babe” in which he appeared on a video screen, seemingly as if the couple were singing to each other. The next portion of her set being a brief salute to her acting career as she performed “Welcome to Burlesque.” Then giving fans a dance party singing songs from her latest release, Dancing Queen, for a 3-song set of ABBA covers including “SOS,” “Waterloo,” and “Fernando” before returning to her smash hit songs that fans came to hear but leaving fans upset craving more by not playing the fan-favorite ABBA hit “Dancing Queen.” Ending her 17-song set with hit after hit song with “I Found Someone,” a massive sing-a-long to “If I Could Turn Back Time” and ending out with a dance party to her chart-topping “Believe.”
Although is it physically impossible to turn back time, it’s almost as time doesn’t exist for the 73-year-old singer as she sounds as good as it did back in the 1960’s when her career began if not even better and is still bringing a spectacular show on the road full of production, hit songs, colorful wigs, iconic costumes and dance moves that are perfectly choreographed with her 10 dancers.