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    Didn't she just call Sarah Palin a "cunt" on twitter. When a woman goes there with that word...

    I love Cher hate.

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    Yes she did and I couldn't agree more lol

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    Poor darling. It's not 1975 and Pete Burns is trying to replace her.

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    Cyndi Lauper will be the opening act on the Dressed to Kill Tour starting April 23 in Buffalo, New York

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    CHER CONFIRMS CYNDI LAUPER AS SPECIAL GUEST ON HER UPCOMING DRESSED TO KILL TOUR. ON WWHL WITH ANDY COHEN
    JAN 29, 2014
    CHER CONFIRMS CYNDI LAUPER AS SPECIAL GUEST ON HER UPCOMING DRESSED TO KILL TOUR.
    ON WWHL WITH ANDY COHEN

    Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Join Cher as special guests on the first 13 Dressed To Kill Tour Dates

    Cher confirmed that her good friend Cyndi Lauper will be joining her as a special guest on 36 dates of Cher’s upcoming Dressed To Kill Tour during a live phone conversation with Andy Cohen on WWHL’s broadcast this evening. The first appearance will begin in Buffalo, NY on April 23rd and continue until San Diego on July llth.

    Cher said she is thrilled to have the Tony award winning Kinky Boots composer and charismatic performer back on the road with her. Lauper previously performed over a hundred shows during CHER’s Believe Tour, Living Proof Tour and The Farewell Tour.

    CHER also happily confirmed that Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo will be joining her as her special guests on the first 13 dates of her Dressed To Kill Tour starting in Phoenix, Arizona on March 22, at the US Airways Arena.

    Cher’s current single “Take It Like A Man” is currently No. 2 on the Billboard Dance Charts and follows “Woman’s World” which topped the Dance Charts at No. 1. Both are from her critically acclaimed “Closer To The Truth” CD which debuted on the Billboard Pop Charts at No. 3.

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    That's a good show.

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    I already have tickets to see this show on Sat. May 17. Can't wait to see Cher in concert again. I'm glad Cyndi Lauper is joining her again. I saw Cyndi Lauper last time too with Cher on her Farewell tour. Though Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo would have been another great opening act as well. I like Pat Benatar but have never seen in Concert Live as yet before.

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    A rare and beautiful track and a personal favorite of mine from I Paralyze 1982
    Do I Ever Cross Your Mind


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    Did I mention I get to see Cher with Pat Benatar in Indianapolis on April 11th? Oh, I can't wait. I want to hear what she sings and see what awesome costumes she's going to wear. She's the pop goddess.

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    Lucky you all! Does anyone know if the tour is going international or not?

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    As far as I know no additional dates have been added beyond what was announced with the tour

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    ^ damn right!

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    Cher's Believe named U.K.'s most popular single by female artist in chart history

    CHER's smash hit BELIEVE has been named the U.K.'s best-selling single by a female artist.

    Published: Tue, March 11, 2014



    The pop superstar released the dance track in 1998 and it has since sold 1.79 million units to date, placing it ahead of Whitney Houston's 1992 classic I Will Always Love You, which landed in second place with 1.58 million copies.

    Britney Spears' debut single ...Baby One More Time, Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On and Someone Like You by Adele round out the top five on the countdown, which was compiled by OfficialCharts.com editors to mark International Women's Day on Friday (08Mar14).

    Dion is the only singer to feature twice in the top 10 - Think Twice, which was released in 1994, comes in at number eight.

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    Cher and Longtime Designer Bob Mackie Split, Singer Says It "Has Broken My Heart"
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    Cher and Bob Mackie have split after working together for over 40 year

    UPDATE Bob Mackie has opened up about not designing the costumes for Cher's latest tour. The legendary designer tells Us Weekly, "Nobody wanted to design this last tour more than I did! I am sick about it. My professional and business commitments were just too great. There simply was not enough time to give this wonderful project the proper amount of care and attention it deserves. After all these years of collaborating, it is like turning down your own little sister, and how many guys have a little sister like Cher."

    If only they could turn back time!

    Cher and longtime designer Bob Mackie are on the outs. The "Believe" singer tweeted her disappointment that Mackie, who is known for his flamboyant styles, feathers, and beads, couldn't design the costumes for her Dressed to Kill tour, which kicks off on March 22 in Phoenix.

    "Telling you something t that has broken my heart," Cher tweeted on March 13. "The man who made all my costumes since 1972 decided he couldn't do my last tour."

    The split of the dynamic duo was apparently not an amicable one. "No matter how disappointed any of u are, you don't know my grief," Cher, 67, tweeted. "I'm sure Bob can't know how much I miss him. Felt I had to tell u I'm crying."


    She also explained that she pleaded with Mackie, 73, to squeeze her in to his apparently busy schedule. "I tried to convince him to end with me, but he had many reasons as 2 why he couldn't do it. 2 many obligations not enough time even 2 do 1."


    However, all hope is not lost: Cher has teamed up with another designer for her tour. "Thank god I have a lovely man & wonderful designer!! Hugh Durant," Cher tweeted. "He is talented & brave. We will persevere."

    Cher and Mackie first met when he worked on The Carol Burnett Show. "It was 1967 and I was working on a loose thread on a beaded gown and Cher came over and said, 'Oh, someday I'm going to have one of those," Mackie said (via WWD). "And we became friends after that."

    Mackie then exclusively worked with Cher during the four years of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour beginning in 1971. "It's not like dressing a regular person; it's like dressing a crazy goddess," Mackie has said. "Sometimes she's an Egyptian goddess, and sometimes she's a biker chic goddess."

    After the show's end, Mackie went on to create Cher's most iconic looks for her performances and red carpet appearances, including the 1986 and 1987 Oscars.

    In August 2013, it was reported that Mackie and Cher would partner for her latest round of farewell concerts. He was expected to make around 20 costumes. "When you change that many times, you don't wear any one thing for very long," Mackie said. "And it's not a big dancing operation here."

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    Cher has confirmed on Twitter there will be 14 costumes and she'll perform 5 songs from Closer to the Truth

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    Dressed to Kill merchandise is available for pre-order: http://cher.shop.bravadousa.com/Dept...cp=40991_65533

    I'll be getting mine Monday at the show!!!!

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    A sneak peak from the tourbook I found:

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    Dressed to Kill Set List:

    Woman's World
    Strong Enough
    Dressed To Kill
    The Beat goes On
    I Got You Babe
    Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves
    Dark lady
    Half Breed
    Welcome To Burlesque
    You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me
    Take It Like A Man
    Walking In Memphis
    Just Like Jesse James
    Heart Of Stone
    The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)
    Bang bang
    I Found Someone
    If I Could Turn Back Time
    Believe
    I Hope You Find It

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    Review: Cher triumphs in Phoenix tour opener
    Randy Cordova, Phoenix 1:10 p.m. EDT March 23, 2014
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    At age 67, the entertainer appears ageless
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    It can’t be easy being Cher. Fans don’t expect her to simply strut around on stage and sing; they want a spectacle. Cher apparently sees this as a challenge, because the “Dressed to Kill” tour is bigger, stronger and shinier than her last outing, the so-called farewell tour that ended in 2005.

    This tour launched in Phoenix on Saturday, March 22, to a sold-out US Airways Center. Opening act Pat Benatar went on 30 minutes late, meaning Cher didn’t take the stage until after 10 p.m. The main attraction expressed some nerves about the show before she even appeared. Prior to the curtains opening, Cher’s voice boomed out over the sound system: “When you grade this show, grade it on a f---ing curve!”

    It was the kind of happily profane and blunt talk that is one of Cher’s trademarks. One of her others, of course, is the larger-than-life live performance, which she mastered during her days as a Vegas headliner starting in the late 1970s. It was evident there was no change in that department, either, as soon as Cher appeared on top of a pedestal in an Egyptian-themed outfit, sporting a towering headdress. It was crazy in just the right way.

    The show opened with a breathless one-two punch by featuring her recent club hit “Woman’s World,” followed by the twirly disco of 1998’s “Strong Enough.” Then Cher talked to the crowd in delightfully disconnected fashion, with a conversation that started with the topic of Kim Kardashian’s rear and ended on Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat. She claimed this was definitely her farewell tour, though how seriously can we take the news? At 67, she looks fit and ageless, though she doesn’t shy away from the topic: “Any people here my age?” she asked the crowd, to a cheer of approval. “I don’t believe you,” she announced.

    From there, the show moved from one eye-popping set piece to another, while the costumes got increasingly grand. Cher outfits are like her greatest hits, in that there are some in the mix that fans love more than others. These include the striking Native American headdress she donned for “Half-Breed” and an outfit that recalled the flesh-baring number from 1987’s “I Found Someone” video.

    Musically, she has touched on different styles through the years, and a five-piece band (with two backing singers) capably helped her run through her history. Her dark-hued voice was in fine shape as she worked her way through a setlist that focused more on past triumphs as opposed to her most recent album, last year’s “Closer to the Truth.” She didn’t even mention the disc from the stage. Then again, why should she? She’s Cher, and shameless plugging seems beneath her.

    The song choices were smart, ranging from the AM-radio bliss of “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” and “Dark Lady” to a loving reading of Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis,” which she recorded on 1995’s wildly underrated “It’s a Man’s World.” She deserves more credit as a vocalist than she receives; she took “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from 2010’s flop movie “Burlesque” and made it into an anthem that felt deeply personal. Judging from the audience’s response, the tune could emerge as her equivalent of Sinatra’s “My Way.”

    The evening’s most emotional moment occurred when she talked about ex-hubby Sonny Bono, who died in 1998. She reminisced about how he loved to be on stage, then sang “I Got You Babe” as a virtual duet as black-and-white footage of Sonny appeared on a giant video screen. For fans of a certain age, the segment could make you reach for a Kleenex.

    Looking at the diversity of the crowd, Cher’s fans come from all demographics. There were people in their 20s and folks who were clearly older than the star. Seemingly all of them were on their feet for a neon-hued production of the dance-floor filler “Believe,” in which she wore a pink wig while her dancers surrounded her and two aerialists hovered above.

    If it seemed like the show couldn’t top that moment, then came the encore, in which she floated above the crowd on a pedestal that drifted around the arena while she sang “I Hope You Find It.” It was essentially Cher’s grand-slam moment, which left audience members open-mouthed in wonder. On her last tour, she dared her fellow female singers, “Follow this, bitches!” Really, how can they?

    Even without a curve, the night was a solid A+.
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    That's awesome Darren! You're going to have a blast, and 5th row too!!

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    Woman's World/Strong Enough (Opening)



    Dressed to Kill


    The Beat Goes On/I Got You Babe


    Gypsys, Tramps, and Thieves/Dark Lady


    Half-Breed


    Welcome to Burlesque/You Haven't Seen the Last of Me


    Take It Like a Man


    Walking in Memphis/Just Like Jesse James/Heart of Stone/The Shoop Shoop Song (which I think has been cut since she didn't do it last night)


    I Found Someone/If I Could Turn Back Time


    Believe
    (Original Costume)

    (New Costume)


    I Hope You Find It




    Bang, Bang was performed by the back-up singers
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    I think my faves are Half Breed and I hope you find it.

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    The only one I dislike is the original Believe costume

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    Same here, the remake is much better.

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    Cher herself tweeted she didn't like it hence the change

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    It was a good decision.

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    I was there for the Phoenix show. It was really interesting being at a show opening night. It was the little fuck ups that made it fun. Cher's great. I used to watch Sonny And Cher as a kid in the 70's.

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    With Strong Demand For Tickets, Will Cher's Dressed To Kill Tour Really Be Farewell?
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    Closer to the Truth is Cher’s twenty-fifth studio album and her first in over a decade. Critical reception has been good and sales have been respectable. Closer to the Truth debuted at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 63,000 copies, which made it the highest peaking album of her career. Roughly six months after the album’s release, Cher kicked off her 49-show North American tour last night in Phoenix, and while she claims it will be her last, history suggests that may not be the case.


    The ‘Dressed to Kill Tour’ follows a three-year run in Las Vegas at the Coliseum at Caesars Palace that ended in 2011. Over that span, she played 192 shows and grossed just under $100 million. The show was also seen by 686,000 fans over the run and if she sells out the entire run for ‘Dressed To Kill’, approximately the same number of Cher tickets will be sold this time around. If fans are looking to get one last chance to see her, this appears to be it, as she is definitively calling this her farewell tour. Fans with a decent memory have fair reason to be skeptical, however, as she already had a farewell tour that ran from 2002-2005. That tour was titled ‘Living Proof: The Farewell Tour’, and it was a 326-show, three-year, multi-continent, mega-tour that ended up as one of the top grossing tours of all time. The tour was originally planned as a 59-city tour, but continued to expand as demand stayed strong. Ultimately, the tour was seen by over 3.5 million fans, grossed $250 million and spawned an Emmy-winning concert special on NBC. In terms of 2014 tours comparables, that’s about the same number that One Direction tickets are expected to gross, albeit for just a single-leg tour. In the 2000 decade, those numbers made Living Proof the seventh-highest grossing tour of the 2000s, just ahead of the $235 million worth of Bruce Springsteen tickets sold for his 2007-2008 Magic Tour.

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    Despite those astounding numbers, Living Proof only sold out 90% of capacity across it’s run, and based on the current number of tickets available on the primary market, 90% would be a strong clip for Dressed To Kill. Last nights’ opening show at U.S. Airways Center was filled at 95% of capacity, and at an average price on the secondary market of $191.99, it was the fourth cheapest show on the tour. While demand seems relatively good for most cities, there are a few exceptions based on data from TiqIQ. Her March 28th show at Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas appears to be having the most trouble based on the relatively scare secondary market inventory. Ticketmaster’s website is also currently offering 8-packs for $150, which equates to $18.75 a ticket, which is over half-price of the lowest-priced ticket for many of the other shows. Overall, the Dressed To Kill Tour has an average price of $267 on the secondary ticket market. Only six of the 49 shows have quantity under 500 seats on the secondary ticket market, which is typically a sign that there is lots of available inventory from the box office. The show with the lowest volume of seats available on the secondary market is the previously mentioned Verizon Arena show. Several of the shows with low quantity are in the Midwest, or South, where the 70s may not have been quite as memorable.


    As for shows with the highest demand, the closer you get to the coasts, the higher ticket prices get. Barclays Center in Brooklyn has the 6th highest average price on the secondary market of $363. While there are only a few tickets left on the primary market for that show, for the majority of shows, the primary market has the best deals depending on what section of the house you’re looking to sit in. As for the show with the highest average price, that’s her return home to Las Vegas and the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 25th. That show is almost completely sold out and has an average price on the secondary market of $427. It’s likely that many of the same fans who saw her three-year long residency will be among the 16,800 in attendance. Given the strong demand, lot will be hoping that it’s the prelude to another Vegas residency.

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    A song I just discovered from 1966 Behind the Door ... pretty good if I do say so myself

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    I've got tickets to see Cher on Saturday, May 17. Looking forward to seeing her again. I saw her on her "Farewell Tour." The costumes and the playlist seem great for the "Dressing to Kill Tour."

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    Daily Mail Article:

    Titillating! 67 year-old Cher stuns fans with daring outfits during live show - including heart-shaped NIPPLE PASTIES

    She is one of pop music's ultimate showgirls.
    And, to prove it, 67 year-old Cher took to the stage in Boston, Massachusetts, on Thursday in a variety of dramatic costumes which left fans stunned.
    The ever-youthful singer endured six costume changes during the aptly-named Dressed To Kill tour, including a diamond-encrusted fringed dress with nipple pasties.


    Heart-stopping: Cher performs in concert at TD Garden on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts

    Completing the look with a platinum blonde wig and fishnet stockings, the hit-maker - whose anthems include Believe, Turn Back Time and I Got You Babe - cut a fabulous figure.
    Clearly appealing in part to her gay audience, Cher ensured her latest stage show was both camp and cool.
    One outfit saw her dressed like Cleopatra, complete with feathered head-dress, while another saw her sport a native Indian costume.


    Endured: The legendary performer had her fans rocking and rolling as she put on a great show.

    Delighting fans further, she even wore her iconic ensemble from the 1989 If I Could Turn Back Time video, which saw her sport a sheer, full-length body stocking with a diamond-encrusted finish, leather biker jacket, thong and knee-high boots.
    Impressively, she looked hardly any different to when she debuted the look more than 25 years ago when she filmed the famous video on board the battleship USS Missouri.


    Clearly appealing in part to her gay audience, Cher ensured her latest stage show was both camp and cool


    She found a way to turn back time! The pensioner looked no different to her 1980s hey-day

    She later changed into a flattering black wig, complete with a corset and pink satin-lined jacket, before transforming into a stunning incarnation of Beyonce Knowles, in which she wore a blonde wig.
    The spectacle is part of a major tour of America and Canada, which will see her on the road until November.
    Fortunately, the range of looks will at least quell rumours about her identity as a woman. In December, last year, a book claimed that Cher once had to reassure fans that she was not born male because of her deep voice.
    The singer hired a secretary to write letters to anyone who inquired about her gender in a bid to quash rumours that were circulating. One stark response to a fan in 1965 read: ‘Cher, we assure you, is a girl.’


    She later changed into a flattering black wig, complete with a corset and pink satin-lined jacket, before transforming into a stunning incarnation of Beyonce Knowles

    Cher, pictured, was 19 and married to Sonny Bono, 30, when they recorded hits such as ‘I got you babe’.
    But their success also brought vicious rumours about her gender, writes Josiah Howard in Cher: Strong Enough.
    He wrote: ‘Just three months after they hit the big time, Sonny and Cher's... secretary was charged with responding to each and every inquiry, even those from fans, to refute the rumour.
    The 1965 letter continues: ‘As for Cher’s singing voice being too low: I think you will find that a lot of great female singers have low voices.’
    ‘Tell your mom that Cher is just a very slim, very pretty girl with a low voice. I think if you listen closer, you will find a lot of feminine quality in her voice.’


    Cher looked Beyonce-esque as she sported a blonde wig and gladiator body armour


    Casual: Cher is anything but a featherweight star as she performs in a native Indian costume

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz...#ixzz2yao0jHiB
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    HEAR & NOW: WOMEN IN MUSIC 2014
    For ELLE's seventh-annual Women in Music Issue, we gave the mic to some of today's most exciting voices to open up about the images they're creating and the boundaries they're breaking—and their thoughts on everything from feminism to the media.

    Cher: The Not-a-Legend Legend

    On being called a LEGEND…
    “I hate that word,” she says. “Legend, icon, diva. I hate all those fucking words. They’re meaningless. I prefer Cher.

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    According to Cher's twitter account more dates have been added to the Dressed to Kill Tour
    Plus a pic from the tourbook just because

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    Cher, Wu-Tang Clan Collaborate for Two Songs on Secret Album
    'The Wu - Once Upon a Time in Shaolin' features unlikely vocals from iconic singer

    By Jason Newman
    May 7, 2014 8:55 AM ET
    Cher has contributed vocals to two songs on Wu-Tang Clan's upcoming "secret album" The Wu - Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

    A representative for Cher declined to make the singer available for comment, but confirmed the collaboration to Rolling Stone. "She recorded her parts separately, so I don't believe there was direct interaction," said the rep.

    In a video posted by Forbes on Tuesday, writer Zack O'Malley Greenberg traveled to Marrakesh, Morocco to "become the first civilian" to hear the album, of which the group is only pressing one copy and selling to the highest bidder. Tarik "Cilvaringz" Azzougarh, the album's producer, played one song on-camera featuring Ghostface Killah rhyming over pounding drums, dusty organ and a repeated female wail. At the end of the track, Cher improbably sings, "Wu-Tang, baby. They rock the world."

    Cher's appearance had been hiding in plain sight since at least March, when the album's website noted that it "includes special guest appearances by Bonnie Jo Mason." In 1964, Cher released "Ringo, I Love You," her first solo single without Sonny Bono and a tribute to Ringo Starr, under the pseudonym of the same name.

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    The opening monologue from the show in New York ... and very funny

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    New dates for the new tour have been added

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    Red demo including a new verse ... I like it better than the album version

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    I saw Cher on her "Dressed to Kill Tour" last Saturday with opening act, Cyndi Lauper. What a great show! I saw them both on Cher's Farewell Tour in 2002. Cher gives one of the best concert performances that I have seen. I saw both concerts in Ft Lauderdale, FL.

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    Cher Claims Top Spot on Hot Tours with $15.5M in Revenue
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    By Bob Allen, Nashville | May 29, 2014 5:01 PM EDT

    Cher performs onstage during her 'Dressed To Kill' tour opener at US Airways Center on March 22, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona

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    Cher takes her Dressed to Kill tour to No. 1 on the weekly ranking of Hot Tours with more than $15.5 million in revenue reported from the legendary entertainer’s ongoing North American trek. Sold out performances from April 23 through May 17 are included in this tally that adds another 177,239 sold tickets to the tour’s overall attendance total which now tops 340,000. Since launching in March, gross sales from the tour’s 27 shows have surpassed the $30 million mark.

    Pop star Cyndi Lauper joined the show as the opening act beginning with the performance at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., the first date in this week’s report. Among the 14 arenas in this tally, the top gross and attendance counts are claimed by two different venues. The Izod Center in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area drew the largest crowd with 14,893 fans present on May 10, but Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center produced the top gross of $1,570,731, $17K more than Izod. The highest sales total since the tour began belongs to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre with $1.7 million in revenue from an April 7 performance.

    The Dressed to Kill tour will continue its first North American leg through July 11, closing with a concert at San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center. After that performance Cher will be off the road for two months, but a second jaunt through the U.S. and Canada will kick off on Sept. 11 in Albany, N.Y. The second leg will stop in 11 U.S. cities during September and October and wrap with a return engagement to Toronto on Oct. 4 and 5. Veteran rockers Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will return to provide support for the fall leg, just as they did for the tour’s first 13 concerts.

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    Hugh Durrant's client: the one and only Cher.

    His predecessor: the beloved Bob Mackie.

    His assignment: Design 14 costumes for the pop superstar to wear for her lavish comeback tour — whose name, "Dressed to Kill," promises killer costumes.

    And his time frame: only six weeks.

    "It was a big task, I must say," costume designer Durrant, 67, said in a phone interview from London with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, ahead of the Dressed to Kill tour's stop Friday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. "Coming up with 14 ideas for Cher is not the easiest thing to do. She has done everything.... I don't think I had a day off, and I was very, very tired by the time we opened."

    It was a gig that was a lifetime in the making. Bitten by the theater bug when he was a child (actor Alan Rickman was a classmate), Durrant realized he was a terrible actor, but he was good at drawing and at 13 aspired to be a costume designer.

    After 25 years of professional work, largely for theater productions, he met Cher's choreographer in 1994 while working on the West End musical "Copacabana."

    "For (Cher's) Farewell tour (from 2002 to 2005), I was asked to do the dancers' costumes," Durrant said. "At one point when I was doing a fitting, I told Cher, 'When I first started in this business, I did plays by Shakespeare, Ibsen, (George Bernard) Shaw.' She said, 'Were all those costumes covered in beads, too?'"

    Aside from one outfit, Cher's costumes weren't Durrant's work, but Mackie's, practically her sole designer since 1972. Mackie's flamboyant and often shimmering ensembles — most famously exemplified by the ornate black headdress and showgirl-inspired two-piece Cher wore at the 1986 Oscars — were nearly as responsible for her superstar status as the music itself. And they continue to inspire: London's the Independent just published an article about Cher's influence on new runway fashions, and Miley Cyrus wears vintage Mackie pieces on her current Bangerz tour.

    "Bob is a great showman, and Cher is a great showman," Durrant said. "And neither of them are afraid of going out on a limb, but both of them are superb craftsmen in their own way."

    So when Mackie dropped out of "Dressed to Kill" at the last minute ("My professional and business commitments were just too great," he told US Weekly), Cher was so distraught, she took to Twitter to tell fans she was "crying" and that her "heart was broken." Then the gig went to Durrant, who had already been designing the dancers' outfits.

    "My first thought was panic," Durrant confessed. "Bob has been dressing that body for 40 years. He knows that body very well.... We were all starting from scratch, really, which is a bit frightening."

    Beyond filling Mackie's massive shoes on a limited timetable, Durrant was expected to top him.

    "I remember meeting Cher and her manager and asking, 'Why 14 (outfits)? The Farewell tour only had 11,'" Durrant recalled. "Cher said, 'You think I'm going to have less?'"

    Between Cher and her backup dancers, the show has a whopping 150 costumes, with minimal duplicates.

    "I think I probably did 500 drawings," Durrant said. "Just for her opening outfit, I did 10 or 11 different headdresses.... I thought there weren't enough beaders in Los Angeles to do this show. We were really up to the last minute. It was frightening."

    At least Durrant had four assistants, "which is more than I've ever had on anything," he said. "And he had plenty of direct and honest input from Cher herself.

    "It's her taste that you're working to all the time. Everything that is on that stage has been passed by her personally," Durrant said. "She has a very left-field way of looking at things, which is great fun. She stretches you. She doesn't hold back. She's always looking for how to make it more interesting and more extraordinary."

    Despite incredible challenges, Durrant felt he ended up with some extraordinary pieces. Cher's outfit for the encore was the most difficult to make.

    "I had this idea of making a very complicated cut," Durrant said. "It's meant to look like a long skirt that drapes in front, and frankly, what I drew fabric doesn't want to do," Durrant said. "We tried various fabrics, and the only fabric that worked was a double silk crepe. It's very heavy and it looks nice when you drape it, but it's an unusual fabric to use for a show like that.... It did cause the cutter nightmares."

    While Durrant said he's proud of everything he did, his variation on Mackie's American Indian-inspired outfit for "Half-Breed" stands out.

    "Bob's design had every color under the sun, but (for 'Dressed to Kill') the whole scene is meant to be a 1920s circus sideshow,... and Cher wanted it all to look faded," Durrant said. "So I used washed-out pinks and washed-out greens, these very passive colors. Really, it's a bit of a shock when you see that costume in those colors. But I think it's rather successful."

    As are all of Durrant's designs, many critics have said.

    "The reviews have all been lovely, and they've all mentioned the costumes, so presumably I haven't been a complete disaster," he said.

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    Some sketches of Hugh Durrant's designs:
    http://www.jsonline.com/supergallery...tem=159756551#

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    New Dates for Dressed 2 Kill Tour

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    I'm so tempted. But I don't want to have shitty seats.

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