On June 7th, two divas in their 60s performed to a packed arena full of enthusiastic fans on Cher's "Dressed To Kill" Tour.
The show began with Cyndi Lauper running through the audience to the stage in a boxing costume, ready for a fight to prove she was worth the audience's attention, half of whom had yet to find their seats. The star's wit, storytelling and, most importantly, voice, eventually won over the lackluster crowd. Clearly age hadn't effected her voice in the least as she mightily belted out classic 80s hits like "Money Changes Everything," "She Bop" and "Time After Time." By the end of her set, the crowd was on its feet for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and her emotional cover of Etta James' "At Last." Indeed, Cyndi was more than just a opening; she was the very definition of a warm up, getting the crowd pumped and in great spirits for headliner Cher.
Cher started things off right, standing high atop a pillar wearing a gigantic headpiece decked with long, multicolored feathers. For the next hour and 45 minutes, we were in Cher's world. Her monologues to the audience showed off her great comedic skills, delivering one-liners such as "Im 68 years old, what's your granny doing tonight?" as well as hilarious anecdotes (she mentioned her unhealthy addiction to Dr. Pepper and how the company gifted her a box with only a six-pack in it, to which she replied, "And there [were] no diamonds in [the box], f**k them!"). She joked endlessly about her age, as well as about how this really was her last farewell tour (adding a wink, wink right afterwards).
Cher's voice (when she sang live) was strong and on point, especially during ballads like "You Haven't Seen The Last of Me." Her costumes were everything her fans could want from a Cher concert: extravagant, colorful, shimmering and over the top. She had an exorbitant amount of costumes, including the same one she wore in the 80s for her "If I Could Turn Back Time" video, which she loved bragging about how she still fit into. In fact, there were almost too many costume changes, sometimes slowing down the pace of the show and energy of the audience while Cher went backstage to change (despite some incredible Cirque du Soleil type of interludes courtesy her very talented dancers).
Perhaps the most touching moment of the show, however, was Cher's performance of "I Got You Babe." She said that "he'd" never forgive her if she didn't perform the classic duet on one of her tours, but for the longest time couldn't figure out how to properly honor it with a decent performance. The icon pulled it off perfectly on this night, bringing out a giant video screen with Sony's face to sing his parts of the song (the video also included some old footage of the two together). It was touching to see her honor her late ex-husband so genuinely and, at the same time, it reminded her fans just how far she's come. After fifty years in the business, she's still selling out arenas to fans of all generations. Cher, joke all you want about being as old as our grannies, but at least you're sure of all the things you got...you got us babe.