I had no expectations of Cher and what kind of show she would perform when I entered the sold-out TD Garden last night to review her 50-city Dressed to Kill tour. Through the years, I have listened to a few of her more popular pop songs (on the radio only), but was never a die-hard fan. My view of her and her music changed a bit when the original diva descended onto the stage with an over-the-top Egyptian opening singing “Woman’s World” and “Strong Enough.”
Of course she announced that this is her actual farewell-farewell tour, with many winks of her eyes, all the while her fingers were crossed behind her back. She said, “I swear to God, this is my farewell, farewell tour. I’ll be my mother if I do another concert.”
Some fan favorites were “Just Like Jesse James,” ”I Found Someone”, and “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Not only were her costumes changes amazing after every song, but so were her wigs. Each of her costumes and wigs were outlandish and colorful. While changing between songs, Cher kept the audience entertained with video clips of her career.
And yes, she did sing “I Got You Babe” with her late ex-husband, Sonny. He appeared on a screen singing his parts. She also honored the “the King of Rock & Roll”, Elvis Presley, by singing “Walking in Memphis.”
For her finale, she was lifted into the air in a papalish-looking carrier and floated above the stadium singing “I Hope You Find It.” The show was definitely a spectacle and she proved why she is an icon. Especially when she said in true diva form, ” I have pissed off most of the young girls in the business by saying “follow this bit**hes” and then turned around and walked off stage.
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo (celebrating 35 years together) were the opening act delivering nothing but a pure rock-n-roll performance of their greatest hits. Benatar sounded better than ever.