In a career spanning over four decades, Cher has done just about everything possible in show business.
She has thrilled and delighted her fans with both her singing and acting careers and her charisma and flair for the dramatic have kept her fans coming back for more.
After a ten year break from the stage, Cher has returned for what is being billed as her final, final farewell tour but in a stop in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday, she teased the audience as she declared this was their last chance to see her before turning around and walking away with her fingers crossed behind her back.
Certainly she still owns a large fan base as evidenced by the amount of people who packed in to the Joe to see her and the wide and varying ages of those present prove that she continues to appeal to the masses.
At 67, she shows no signs of slowing down and despite talking about her age throughout the evening and about the recent foot surgery, she still managed to keep up with her wide array of dancers and as she boasted, could still get into her "If I Could Turn Back Time" costume.
Saturday's D2K Tour show was opened by Pat Benatar, along with her guitarist husband Neil Giraldo, who are celebrating thirty-five years together in the music business.
They did a great job of warming up the crowd with one powerful anthem after another from opener "Shadows of the Night" to "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and closer "Love Is a Battlefield".
The pair sat down for a performance of power ballad "We Belong" and returned to the stage for a fiery encore of "Let's Stay Together" and an interesting mix of "Heartbreaker" and "Ring of Fire" that really worked well.
This was their last night on the first leg of the tour. Cyndi Lauper will be joining for the second leg.
Benatar and Giraldo will be back in the Detroit area later this summer on a tour with Rick Springfield.
After a decent break in between sets, the crowd was more than ready for Cher to take the stage. Always one to stir up buzz, Cher took to the mic to talk to the crowd before the curtains rose announcing, "“I heard you guys are a rowdy-ass bunch, I hope you took your heart medicine."
Moments later she hit the stage descending on a platform column in a glittering goddess dress and a head dress with multi-colored plumes shooting out around her and kicked into new single "Woman's World".
New album Closer to the Truth is the catalyst for her return to the stage and the set list featured a number of songs from the album scattered amongst the greatest hits.
"Woman's World" led right into a gladiator-themed "Strong Enough" before Cher addressed the crowd again speaking on her love/hate relationship with Dr. Pepper and her assistant's habit of watering down the carbonated beverage with Perrier.
Later in the evening, she would speak about the three things that she remembers about the Detroit area: that one of her wigs once fell off here, that she found her cat underneath a tour bus while performing here and took him home where he became "the luckiest cat in the world" and that at one time her late husband/singing partner Sonny Bono worked in Detroit.
Throughout the evening, she continued to show off her humorous side and her carefree attitude as she kept up a revolving door of outlandish outfits and one over-the-top scene after another.
A standout moment of the evening was a heartfelt tribute to Sonny that included Cher singing along to "I Got You Babe" as he sang right back to her on the screen behind her.
The stage was re-arranged into a sultry nightclub to allow her to perform her two tracks from the movie Burlesque and she paid tribute to one of her favorite artists Elvis with her cover of Marc Cohn's "Walking In Memphis".
Songs from her early solo career were highlighted as the stage transformed into a circus for "Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves" and "Dark Lady".
After telling the audience that she had never liked the song but that her fans seemed to love it, she launched into "Just Like Jesse James" before performing "Heart of Stone", which she shared was always one of her favorites but was never really embraced by the fans.
Her backup singers got a turn to showcase their voices on "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" before Cher returned to the stage dressed in that infamous "If I Could Turn Back Time" outfit and performed the fan favorite along with "I Found Someone".
She wrapped things up in a big way with her dance hit "Believe" before returning for a encore of her take on the Miley Cyrus song "I Hope You Find It" as she soared over the crowd on a floating platform.
The moment had some irony in it as Miley was performing just down I-75 in Auburn Hills and one couldn't help but reflect on the fact that it was almost a statement from Cher declaring to Miley and the other pop starlets that she has not quite relinquished her throne yet.
Pat Benatar Setlist:
Shadows of the Night
All Fired Up
We Live for Love
Promises in the Dark
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Love Is a Battlefield
Encore: Let's Stay Together
Heartbreaker / Ring of Fire
Dressed to Kill
The Beat Goes On
I Got You Babe
Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves
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
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) [performed by backup singers]
I Found Someone
If I Could Turn Back Time
Encore: I Hope You Find It