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Cher at Nassau Coliseum: Rocker or pop diva?

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To say Cher has been a fan favorite over the years at the Nassau Coliseum would be an understatement. My, how some things never change. The “Goddess of Pop” has announced her farewell “Dressed to Kill” tour will make a Coliseum pit stop on Sept. 22, 2014. The Academy Award winning actress and former folk-hippie songstress, who also owns several Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards, has recruited 80s FM queen Pat Benatar to open the string of shows.

It will be interesting to see what Cher has in mind for the Uniondale arena this time around. When the leggy ex-beatnik headlined the “Heart of Stone” tour at the Nassau Coliseum on May 10, 1990, she shed her disco diva sound for something a little bit more guitar oriented. The triple threat of stage, screen and song brought the audience to their feet that night with rousing Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi tunes.

For Coliseum goers, this will be the last time they will be able to see Cher at the Nassau venue. Not only has the 67 year old beauty dubbed this her “farewell” tour, the Coliseum is scheduled to undergo a two-year renovation, starting next June. It’s still not clear if developers will give the present edifice a makeover or build at an entirely new location somewhere else in the neighborhood.

For the sake of old times

Pat Benatar and her guitarist husband Neil Giraldo have been pulling out some oldies but goodies on the “Dressed to Kill” gigs. Benatar’s set list has included, among other songs, Cougar Mellencamp’s “Hit Me with your Best Shot” and “Heartbreaker.”

The same goes for Cher. There has not been a single dry eye in the house on her farewell tour. That’s for good reason. According to one review published Mar. 14, 2014 in the Dallas Morning News, about her recent American Airlines Center appearance, “Cher performed ‘I Got You Babe’ as a duet with a video of Sonny Bono, who seemed to be looking directly at her.”

Whatever Cher has in store for Coliseum fans, it will probably be about more than just the music. For her Barclay’s Center concert in Brooklyn, the NY Daily News dubbed the “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” singer as “the Queen of the Peacock People.” In that case, you better bring your sunglasses to the Coliseum show.


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