Cher’s ‘Here We Go Again’ tour is a dazzling, high-energy extravaganza

Cher at Rogers Arena, 5/30/19

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Throughout her nearly 60-year career of music and film, Cher has proven that she can excel at anything she tries. This has created a true culture of Cher. Cher does not fit into a genre exactly; she is in a world all her own.

In case anyone was unsure, Cher proved her icon status Thursday night as she wrapped up the North American portion of her ‘Here We Go Again’ tour. The 73-year-old performer was touring in support of her ABBA covers album Dancing Queen—the Vancouver concert had her covering “Waterloo,” “SOS” and “Fernando” mid-show.

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From the moment she walked onstage donning a fabulous, red, curly wig, until she closed out with the gorgeous “Believe” in a glittery lingerie-type costume and straight, blond wig, she had the Rogers audience entranced. This show had everything. Literally everything. Air acrobatics, wigs, constant costume changes, and dancing ranging from doo-wop to hip-hop to ballet.

She began with “Women’s World.” But the true beginning was her nearly 15-minute storytelling bit where she reflected on her 40th birthday and name-dropped Moonstruck co-star Nicolas Cage and Witches of Eastwick co-star Jack Nicolson, among others. This long casual-like rant was totally endearing, creating a conversational and familiar relationship between Cher and her adoring audience.

Costumes included gladiator get-ups, much silk and 1960s-era hippie garb. At one point she literally came out on-stage on a fake elephant. Cher took the audience down memory lane, whether she was honouring her late husband Sonny Bono, or playing clips from her Moonstruck Oscar acceptance speech and her many iconic films.

Cher performed a duet with Sonny Bono, who appeared on the big screen, singing “I’ve Got You Babe.” She looked proper nostalgic and appreciative toward her long-time musical partner. Audience members got to see so many different versions of Cher throughout her set, it was dizzying. She even channeled Elvis—or rather, ‘Chelvis’—during her cover of  the King’s “Heartbreak Hotel.”

And then there was “Welcome to Burlesque,” where the set was turned into a cabaret and dancers performed like they would in Las Vegas or the Moulin Rouge. All of this proved just how versatile and lovable Cher is. She deserves all the awards, love and respect she’s ever gotten from her peers and fans … and then some.

Cher appropriately closed up her high-production extravaganza with “If I Could Turn Back Time,” in which she donned the song’s music video look … mesh, black leather and curly, big black hair. And finally, there was the encore “Believe.” The show left concertgoers literally wanting for nothing.

Photo by Ryan Johnson