3 December 2019 – Cher : Here We Go Again Tour – Madison Square Garden, New York
Cher is back in the US for a new leg of his incredible "Here We Go Again Tour". I have already had the chance to see the show last May Brooklyn, but the opportunity was too good to miss 😁. It offers two nights in New York, one of which is announced soldout.
I arrive at Madison Square Garden 19 h et je pars aussitôt à la recherche d’Eau De Couture, the fragrance she is about to launch, and had promised to make us discover in preview. But for now, it is rather the smell of popcorn and chicken fried 🍿 I feel! No trace of perfume! The first part is provided by Chic as early in the year. It is endless and the atmosphere is freezing. It's time it shows ... And that's what she does, seconds from the beginning of the show, by going to greet the spectators on the shores of the scene, before settling for opening 😄.
The show starts with an archive image video editing more or less recent; we see clips of excerpts, of live performances and a few album covers also; all on a good nag remix « Woman’s World ». I must confess that I have chills while this is the 3rd time I stuck with the same intro 😅. The curtain falls and we discover Dear few meters above the ground in a setting reminiscent of Ancient Rome. « Woman’s World » starts and the platform begins its descent. The dancers, dressed as gladiators, come to receive the goddess ! Son costume est différent par rapport aux deux dates auxquelles j’ai assisté : she now wears electric blue together – Always in the same delusion romain – with a wig attached.
Everything goes so fast! We did not even have time to say ouf she already moves on « Strong Enough ». Vous le voyez les photos : the scene is on two levels, connected by lateral staircases. Un écran gigantesque surplombe le tout : it is there that are broadcast the backdrops and video interludes. When the song ended, she began a monologue telling us the day she celebrated 40 years. For long minutes, she explains how she has become in an industry that did not want her because of her age! This is the 3rd time I hear this speech and there is always a new detail or digression. Aujourd’hui elle s’adresse spécifiquement aux femmes du public ; youth, comme aux plus âgées en leur disant : "You can do what you want, even have blue hair like me, but most never accept no for answer! ». La fin du monologue se termine sur l’inexorable question : « What’s your granny doing tonight? » 😏.
The first interlude of the show sends us in India. While one sees the head of an elephant on stage mechanics, dancers linked acrobatic poses in traditional costume on «Gayatri Mantra», which serves as an introduction to « All Or Nothing ». Le tableau est une reprise à l’identique du Farewell Tour : Dear arrives on the back of the elephant, dressed in a sari pink and blue and outline a few dance with the troupe during the song. It's like in my memories 😁.
It returns backstage and the interlude following us back a few years back with footage of Sonny & Cher. We understand where does his love for the show and the costumes 😂. She goes on stage « The Beat Goes On » en portant un costume inspiré des sixties : fluorescent pink outfit and bell-bottoms, we believe it! This is the part I like least in the show. I am surprised super positive reactions to « I Got You Babe » she performs in duo virtual Sonny then. People are standing, tout le monde a son téléphone à la main : c’est un moment attendu du public ! Last May, there was a screen to project coming down the face of the singer. Right here, plus de panneau mobile : the video is broadcast on the giant screen.
Once the number, she joined the scenes then what aired on the screen of a clip from "You Haven & rsquo; t Seen the Last of Me". The title is taken from the soundtrack of "Burlesque", and burlesque, it is precisely the theme of the next section opens « Welcome To Burlesque ». This is definitely preferred table ❤. J’aime tout : the cabaret world, the song, staging. Cher, who plays the leader of journals, is absolutely breathtaking. I invite you to discover the video I made in Washington last year to get a quick overview of the number ➡ « Welcome To Burlesque ».
Two acrobats then soar through the air on "Lie To Me" used intermission with the next table. for now, place au disco 🕺. You are aware that Cher released a cover album of ABBA, So it's on « Waterloo » she entered accompanied by all his company. platinum blonde wig, crimped violet combination flakes and cape carelessly on the shoulder, dressed here we to interpret some of the biggest hits of the group. To start with « Waterloo », followed by "SOS" and « Fernando », who are very successful in the public.
The following video shows excerpts of feature films in which she turned. I believe I am the only one in the room not to have seen his films. If you have some tips for me, feel free to send me 👍 Each replica leads to laughter explosions, applause or shouts. She returns to stage « After All », she interpreted a duet with Peter Cetera originally. What is memorable here, is its holding madone : golden gown absolutely sublime, which is probably one of the most beautiful creations of Bob Mackie, son designer.
She then takes us to Memphis through a video in which she tells us her fascination with Elvis and the first time she saw him in concert. It reveals an extract in which she played "Heartbreak Hotel" under the pseudonym Chelvis. While launching musicians « Walking In Memphis », Cher ne semble pas prête à remonter sur scène : intro turns therefore loop for long seconds before it makes its entrance. The reason for the delay? Probably the costume she chooses to wear for the first time that evening and which must give him a hard time backstage 😅 ... It's kind of tuxedo in two parts, the golden, the other black, who served in the album photo shoot. Honestly, the result is not famous! The song, en revanche : I love ❤.
She followed with « The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss) ». I had never noticed the presence of dancers, made up as characters Grease. Like what, one always misses something .... Small sealing of atmosphere then the interlude with "Bang Bang" where the guitarist takes for member & rsquo; a group of hard rock. Eh mec… Ici c’est Cher 🌈.
She returns to stage « I Found Someone » dressed in his iconic leather jacket and wearing his curly wig. L’effet est immédiat : everyone rises instantly! d & rsquo is seen; it is also immediately invigorated by this burst of energy. Elle joue avec son musicien avant de se préparer pour le classique absolu : « If I Could Turn Back Time ». The display shows the bow of an aircraft carrier and the audience sing in chorus. A best memories of the evening!
This is the time of recall, and after a short pause, les danseurs reviennent sur un interlude technoïde qui laisse une grande partie de la salle interloquée… J’avais également été surpris la première fois : you really have the ear to recognize fine « Believe » 😍. But from the first notes of the original song, spectators rise as one man. Cher fait son apparition avec une nouvelle tenue : she wears a red wig fire, and dressed in jeans and a white top. It's simple, mais ça fait un effet de fou : I feel that she has never been young 😮.
It is wrong in words, and is found in step with the chorus at the end of the song. Fortunately, the audience is there to help finish. The decor sparkles in all colors, and acrobat capers are suspended in rings above the stage. She then took the time to greet the audience, and joined backstage dancers leaving the task to close the concert. I had never really been excited about the final, but this time ... I do not know, it worked and I won 👏.
Until the last minute I hesitated to take a ticket, but I knew I had made the right choice as soon as I felt chills go up on the introductory video 😊. She may do the same for 20 years : le plaisir de la voir et de l’entendre est toujours intact ! side setlist, pas de changements : one is a combo tubes + times quite complete ABBA. I would say that lack 2-3 pieces for it to be perfect. The gipsy part of « Classic Cher » would have completed the picture perfectly. Musically, I do not know if it comes from the sound room, but I found the most tonic arrangements this time. But there may also have been changes since the start of the tour!
No need to stress, but the staging is kitsch ❤ : the scenery to the costumes through projections, it is a feast of colors and glitter. We love! Certainly, everything is recycled to its previous tours, but much to think about ... is that this is not what we expect to see? This is perhaps what also makes it work again 👍. Anyway, at 73 years, Cher proved she still knew how to give voice and energy and my gut tells me that it is not ready to stop! Moreover, the tour continues in alternation with his residence in Las Vegas 2020.
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