2 May 2019 – Cher : Here We Go Again Tour – Barclays Center, Brooklyn
The indefatigable Cher is back on stages around the world with yet another farewell tour 😁. If you read my last article, you already know what to expect, because it offers us a rearranged version of, or rather shortened, of « Classic Cher » I had the opportunity to see 2018 à Washington. The diva had promised us changes and this is partly what motivated me to buy a ticket. Is the pleasure intact despite everything? Answer in the following lines!
It is 18 h 30 when I arrive at the Barclays Center. The facade announced that the show is sold out! I really did not expect such a tidal wave when the album "Dancing Queen" was released, but it must be recognized, it is an incredible success! Buy the tour program : It is absolutely gorgeous 😍. As the room fills slowly, Nile Rodgers and Chic strung tubes already soaked spectators beer. Musically, it's great, but side energy, we will return. I take my pain with patience until the lights ...
The show starts with a slide show remix « Woman’s World ». It's not super well done, but the public is delighted. At the end of assembly, the curtain falls and the impressive scene opening is discovered. Dear littered appears on an aerial platform dressed in a silver gown and an imposing red wig. It begins its descent on « Woman’s World », while an army of gladiators awaits few meters down. The decor is a version 1.5 cell « Classic Cher » : a scene on two levels connected by stairs from both sides of the plate, all overlooked by a giant screen. It's very classic.
Without transition, she goes on « Strong Enough » which won a great public reception. The title is live, contrary to « Woman’s World », and it's a very foolish ears! What a voice! Meanwhile, Roman continuous parade of best : she traded her toga outfit against a warrior and even sketch a few little dance with his company. I love 😍
As Washington, She spoke for about fifteen minutes (yes ... still 😅) to tell a few anecdotes about his career. No surprise, it is almost the same as last year : I feel still boosted by the energy of the room and the monologue is somewhat fluid. Before leaving the stage to change, it ends with his famous catch phrase : « What’s your Granny doing tonight ? » 😂.
The atmosphere is transformed and we go from ancient Rome to India from the Arabian Nights. The light is dim and the scene is of a golden ornament. The dancers dressed in traditional costumes Dear welcome to the sound of "Gayatri Mantra", adapting the most sacred mantra Hinduism. The singer, dressed in a pink and blue sari, meanwhile appears on the back of a chimeric elephant while starts « All or Nothing ». The public is super enthusiastic : I must say that the sequence is worship ... it was one of the highlights of the "Farewell Tour".
Then comes the "Sonny & Dear "which starts on duo footage. I must confess that I am not a fan of their discography. I am me coltinée few days before the concert and frankly I did not save much 🙄. It seems to me that the video has been shortened compared to last year, because Cher arrives fairly quickly « The Beat Goes On ». The atmosphere is 100 % 60’s : the stage is adorned with black and white stripes, and the singer is decked out with a toupee vest and pants legs eph flashy colors. She chose a long black wig, pretty close to its cutting the time. You would think it. The dancers are the caterpillar, and Cher is on autopilot. If I had to delete a song from the show, it would without hesitation that one. Fortunately all is not throwing, because, after we told some anecdotes of the times : she embarked on a virtual duet with Sonny on « I Got You Babe ». A screen descends from the ceiling to distribute singer images. It does not really believe ... but next interpretation is very nice 👍. The audience sings loudly!
then moves on to the video for "You Haven & rsquo; t Seen The Last Of Me" that announces the burlesque sequence. The troupe is back on stage in a cabaret setting. It is absolutely sublime! I love this painting and the song that goes with : « Welcome To Burlesque ». I think this is my favorite part. Dear leader returns magazines : she wears the same outfit as in the film with Christina Aguilera. She is very beautiful ❤. I'm not sure of my shot, but it seems that the song is in playback ... The sequence is super short, it's a shame it does not take the trouble to sing "You Haven & rsquo; t Seen The Last Of Me" in the flesh.
The concert continues with a new choreographed interlude, to the tune of "Lie To Me", un titre de l’album « Closer To The Truth ». While Cher costume changes, two dancers perform aerial acrobatics worthy of Pink front of a starry sky 💫. The atmosphere becomes disco when she arrives on « Waterloo ». Wearing a jacket silver and a platinum blonde wig, Cher struggles to video projections of disco balls. We feel that the sequence was Dented to hurry. The dancers costumes and flashy moumoutes straight out of the Fair search. It's great kitsch but the atmosphere is top! In the room people are completely caught up in the sequence. And me with! Moreover, I listen « Waterloo » loop from the concert! I also invite you to discover the video on YouTube.
She followed with "SOS" alone on stage. It's sleek, but it is a pleasant surprise side interpretation. To choose, I would still have preferred to hear "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! ». The final table title ABBA, it is obviously « Fernando » I look forward to because it's one of my favorite songs 2018 🎧. One more time, it's only that the song interpreter : the reception is really crazy. The screen shows images of fireworks that is reminiscent of Mamma Mia 2. I am quite disappointed that the title is in playback, but in principle I do not mind the American audience, that become completely hysterical when he heard the introduction of the song with Hispanic accents. Do not mistake yourself, I also let myself take the game and I sing loudly! At least as wrong as my neighbors 😂
Speaking of Mamma Mia 2, it connects with an interlude that shows some of the cult cinema sequences Dear. Good, it's a bit long, but the assembly has the merit of having been reworked from Washington, because they added extracts of Mamma Mia among other films like "Moonstruck" and "Mask". She comes back in a cloud of smoke, wearing absolutely gorgeous golden dress on « After All », extract & rsquo; a soundtrack which nobody n & rsquo; has heard. This is definitely one of my favorite costumes show!
After an interlude in tribute to Elvis Presley, in which she tells some memories of youth and interprets "Heartbreak Hotel" : it reappears in a setting 100 % Rican to sing « Walking in Memphis » 🇺🇸. I love the song, but we could do without the dress and the wig with purple tips! I invite you anyway to take a look at YouTube or in the drive all the way down to find the piece. then arrives in a drive-in decor where she performed « The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss) » with singers. The title is quickly wiped, and when I spoke autopilot early, it is right in! At the same time, I think she needs to do this song for 1998 at the same time, with the same direction and perhaps the same singers. I think she has ras-le-bol 🤦♂️.
The guitarist offers us a rock interlude on « Bang Bang » (🤮), Dear reappears and curly hair on « I Found Someone » in the cult held fishnet garter belt suggesting her buttocks. She unleashed : this is really one of the best tables of the show! And it continues unabated on « If I Could Turn Back Time ». The scene turns into aircraft carrier, in reference to the time of clip. The atmosphere is great! I think this is one of the best moments of the show 👍. In any case, more than « Believe » happens just after.
After a brief, the troupe comes dressed in white from head to toe, a really interesting interlude clubbing not supposed to introduce « Believe ». The title originally the biggest comeback in pop deserved better 😔. I had already found a way to track Washington (and I was prepared this time), but I can confirm that is clearly not the best move of the show. The re-orchestration is not terrible, it's a bit flat and we were entitled to expect a little more for such a song. suddenly, it's still a good time because the title is awesome, but I will not put it in my highlights. Cher is dressed with a kind of silvery cloth, established over a transparent combi. At the end, she greets the crowd and joined the scenes while dancers continue to stir until the curtain closes.
As I said a little higher, this tour is a revisited version « Classic Cher », his home in Las Vegas. I've seen the show last year and although I am disappointed by the little new, I still had a great time 👍. Largely because the energy was very different : the public was great dynamic and Cher seemed more enthusiastic throughout the evening!
side setlist, there are of course all the tubes in her repertoire, of « Believe » at « If I Could Turn Back Time », accompanied by a few times with ABBA « Waterloo ». Good, we feel that the new titles were added to hurry, but the intention is there. I still regret the disappearance of "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves » et « Dark Lady » (and to a lesser extent "Half-Breed" and "Take Me Home"), but we must recognize that the show is gaining pace and fluidity, what had been one of my major complaints last.
There would of course other things to improve : the autopilot on some tracks, video montages a little cheap, and interludes extension serving the whole of the show. But apart from these few details, how not to fall under the spell of this lady from 73 years, who struts around in heels and garter belt for 1 h 30 ?! 😍 And then there is the voice, the charisma, humor, short, all the elements come together to receive what they came for : happiness, music, and especially beautiful memories!
She will tour Europe in September and also propose new dates in the United States just after. I have not yet taken place for the New York Evening, but do not they say things come in threes?! And you, Have you planned to go to applaud in Europe? What do you think of the show? I wait for you in the comments, here and on social networks : Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And especially, please take a look at the chronicle « Classic Cher » and musical « The Cher Show » who is currently playing Broadway!
Setlist : Woman’s World / Strong Enough / All Or Nothing / The Beat Goes On / I Got You Babe / Welcome To Burlesque / Waterloo / SOS / Fernando / After All / Walking In Memphis / The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss) / I Found Someone / If I Could Turn Back Time / Believe