Cher Extends Farewell Tour

Pop diva to launch third leg of year-long goodbye.

Like her pal, Kiss' Gene Simmons, Cher is having a hard time saying goodbye

to life on a tour bus.

Though the pop diva said that last year's Living Proof 2002 tour was her farewell to the road (see "Cher Rides Chandelier, Puppet Elephant At Past-Glorifying Michigan Show"), the singer is packing up the feathered headdresses, spangled unitards and glitter wigs one more time for what she swears is her final round of dates in North America.

After 95 dates in 2002, Cher will pick up the third leg of her farewell tour

with a January 30 show at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California, according

to a spokesperson for the singer. The 35-date outing is currently scheduled

to run through an April 30 date at Portland, Maine's Cumberland Civic Center. Not to

worry, though, the singer's manager said there will be North American dates

through June to be announced soon, as well as some tentative European dates

in the fall.

A two-hour prime-time special filmed at a November 8 show in Miami will be

broadcast on NBC in late spring. To coincide with the television special,

Warner Bros. has plans to release another Cher greatest-hits album in late

March, a 21-track set spanning the singer's 40 years of chart hits, from

"I Got You Babe" through "A Different Kind of Love Song," from last year's

Living Proof.

Cher tour dates, according to her spokesperson:

  • 1/30 - Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena

  • 2/1 - Tucson, AZ @ Tucson Convention Center

  • 2/2 - El Paso, TX @ UTEP Don Haskins Center

  • 2/4 - Phoenix, AZ @ America West Arena

  • 2/5 - Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum

  • 2/7 - Lubbock, TX @ United Spirit Arena

  • 2/9 - North Little Rock, AK @ Alltel Arena

  • 2/11 - Tupelo, MS @ Bancorp South Center

  • 2/13 - Tallahassee, FL @ Leon County Civic Center

  • 2/14 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum

  • 2/16 - Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum

  • 2/24 - Roanoke, VA @ Roanoke Civic Center

  • 2/25 - Richmond, VA @ Richmond Coliseum

  • 2/27 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Arena

  • 3/1 - Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena

  • 3/2 - Knoxville, TN @ Thomas-Boling Arena

  • 3/4 - Memphis, TN @ The Pyramid

  • 3/6 - Lafayette, LA @ Cajundome

  • 3/8 - Mobile, AL @ Mobile Civic Center

  • 3/9 - Jackson, MS @ Mississippi Coliseum

  • 3/11 - Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun Civic Center

  • 3/13 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Ford Center

  • 3/14 - Valley Center, KS @ Kansas Coliseum

  • 3/16 - Topeka, KS @ Kansas Expo Center

  • 3/17 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Arena

  • 3/19 - Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center

  • 4/13 - Reno, NV @ Lawlor Center

  • 4/16 - Billings, MT @ Metrapark Arena

  • 4/17 - Bismarck, ND @ Bismarck Civic Center

  • 4/19 - Council Bluffs, IA @ Mid-America Convention Complex

  • 4/22 - Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Coliseum

  • 4/23 - Charleston, SC @ N. Charleston Civic Center

  • 4/25 - Atlanta, GA @ Phillips Arena

  • 4/26 - Raleigh, NC @ RBC Arena

  • 4/30 - Portland, ME @ Cumberland Civic Center