Cher Rides Chandelier, Puppet Elephant At Past-Glorifying Michigan Show

Singer looks fondly back at her career at circus-like concert.

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — On the first U.S. stop of her farewell tour at

the Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday, Cher offered living proof that she's a Renaissance woman.

Cloaked in a closetful of different costumes during the course of the set, Cher belted out two hours' worth of hits, celebrated her Oscar-winning film career and recalled

her TV appearances with former husband, the late Sonny Bono.

She kicked off her spectacle with a retrospective video that included vintage

photos and film clips, backed by a DAT version of "If I Could Turn Back Time."

Cher, wearing a jeweled headdress and robe, made a stunning entrance, slowly

emerging from the rafters atop a gold-plated chandelier. She began the show

with her self-proclaimed "good luck" tune, a disco version of U2's "I Still

Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."

Prior to "Song for the Lonely," back-up dancers removed the headdress and

robe to unveil a revealing midriff-baring vest and beaded harem pants. More

dancers then arose from beneath the upper level of the stage.

She teased the audience by saying this wasn't the "official" start of

the show. First, she needed to share a few stories.

"Well, I'm back here. I have Mr. Big with me. Somebody threw him under a

truck last time we were here," she said before explaining that Mr. Big is her

pet cat.

"We have to have a small chat. What do you think about me coming down 40 feet

on a chandelier? I was laying in my bed and I thought a really cool way to

start the show would be for me to come down on a chandelier. But I've never

been 30 or 40 feet in the air, except for sometimes after sex," she added as

members of the audience responded with catcalls.

Cher's show had a Las Vegas-meets-Cirque du Soleil-meets Ringling Bros. feel

to it. Acrobats, wrapped in yards in fabric secured to the rafters, quickly

unraveled themselves to the stage through songs such as "We All Sleep Alone."

Emphasizing the big-top vibe, Cher slipped on a ringmaster's jacket.

"When I was little, I used to love to go to the zoo. I wanted to be a

ringmaster, but I thought that guys do that. I figured the hell with it. I'm

doing it. Now we're getting to the 'official' start of the Cher show," she

said as the audience laughed.

"Ladies and gentleman, flaming gentlemen, boys and girls and children of all

ages, welcome to the Cherest show on earth."

She then disappeared backstage and re-entered atop a puppet

elephant singing "All or Nothing."

The set list for her Living Proof tour was a compilation of tunes from

her long career. Cher performed medleys of such older hits as

"Half Breed" and "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves."

The retrospective video clips were a hit with the fans, who wildly applauded

scenes showing her with Elton John, the Jackson 5, Liberace and David Bowie.

She received a rousing response to clips from her films "Moonstruck," "The

Witches of Eastwick" and "Silkwood." As she recalled her film career via

video, she sang "After All," from the Robert Downey Jr. movie "Chances Are."

In her video montage, she showed an interview in which she said that there

were no benefits of growing old. Shortly thereafter, she

performed "If I Could Turn Back Time" wearing a skimpy black outfit similar

to the one she donned in the 1989 video for that track.

Cher's opener, Cyndi Lauper, was an energetic stage presence, running up

and down the lower bowl, singing and dancing with the fans who arrived early

to see her. She began her set with "Shine," a new song that has become so

popular that she is releasing an EP of the same name later this year to

support it.

Vocally, Lauper sounded like she did at the height of her career. Renditions

of "Time After Time" and "Money Changes Everything" were very well-received. Dubbing it a "self-help song," Lauper served up a rockified "She Bop."

During her hour-long set, she frequently acknowledged her homosexual fanbase. "It's gay pride this month. Sorry I couldn't be with you. Last time I was

here, I was wearing a macaroni crown on my head, swinging from a swing,

eating Greek soul food," she said with a laugh.

In honor of gay pride, she wrapped herself in a rainbow-striped robe, while

singing "True Colors."

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