Dressed to Kill Tour (Cher)
|Dressed to Kill Tour|
|Tour by Cher|
|Associated album||Closer to the Truth|
|Start date||March 22, 2014|
|End date||November 19, 2014|
|Shows||79 in North America|
|Cher concert chronology|
Dressed to Kill Tour is the eighth solo concert tour by American singer-actress Cher. Launched in support of her twenty-fifth studio album, Closer to the Truth, the tour began in Phoenix, Arizona on March 22, 2014 and will continue across North America before coming to a close in December 2014. The tour has received mostly positive reception from critics, who praised Cher's vocal performance as well as the several costumes and show elements.
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo were announced as "special guests" for the first 13 dates from March 22, 2014 to April 12, 2014 and Cyndi Lauper for the further 36 shows from April 23, 2014 through July 11, 2014. Benatar and Giraldo were confirmed as opening acts again during the second leg of the tour starting September 11, 2014.
Background and development
On September 23, 2013, Cher visited The Today Show aired on NBC where she performed "Woman's World", "I Hope You Find It" and "Believe". While on the show, Cher announced that she would tour with her twenty-sixth album, Closer to the Truth. When speaking about the tour, Cher stated:
"Being on the road is horrible but the concerts are great. I can understand why bands tear up hotel rooms - it can be a very lonely place - but the only time you have fun is at the concerts."
After the appearance, it was announced through Cher's website that American Express cardmembers would have the first chance to purchase the tickets during the tour pre-sale from September 30, 2013 to October 3, 2013. Tickets that are purchased online will include a physical copy of Closer to the Truth.
On May 14, 2014, Cher revealed on The Today Show that the tour would be extended with 27 additional dates across North America, beginning on September 11, 2014. For that second leg, fashion designer and long-time collaborator Bob Mackie provided a string of new costumes for Cher. He was unable to make a commitment in the first place, and was thus replaced by Hugh Durrant for the first leg.
The show began with Cher atop a pedestal in a glittering gown and feathered headdress singing "Woman's World" off her recent album Closer to the Truth surrounded by dancers and backing vocalists. A gladiator-themed performance of "Strong Enough" followed the feminist anthem just before a brief monologue where the singer converses with the audience. A vampire-themed performance of "Dressed to Kill," where she sinked her teeth into dancer Joe Slaughter's neck, and "The Beat Goes On" came next, followed by a poignant duet of "I Got You Babe" with footage of her late-husband Sonny Bono appearing on the video screens behind her. The dancers then paraded around the main floor as Cher sang "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" and "Dark Lady" before donning an orange floor-length Native American feathered headdress to sing "Half-Breed." After a brief interlude featuring clips from Cher's films, the singer then paid tribute to her appearance in the 2010 film Burlesque with "Welcome to Burlesque" and "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me."
During a performance of "Take It Like a Man", Cher emerged from atop a gilded Trojan horse wearing a Helen of Troy-inspired gladiator outfit alongside her dancers. She then dedicated her cover of Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis" to the moment when she and her mother saw Elvis Presley live in concert. Cher followed the performance with the hits "Just Like Jesse James", "Heart of Stone" and "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)". The singer then changed into her famous black see-through bodysuit to perform "I Found Someone" and "If I Could Turn Back Time prior to singing her 1998 chart-topping dance hit "Believe" in a neon pink costume and bobbed wig. The show ended as Cher returned to the stage to perform her recent single "I Hope You Find It" and being slowly raised up on a platform above the audience amid sparkling lights.
Joey Guerra from the Houston Chronicle gave a positive review from her performance in Houston, writing: "There's no one quite like Cher. And there's nothing quite as spectacular as a Cher show." Tiney Ricciardi from the Dallas Morning News praised her performance in Dallas, writing that the singer "wowed the audience with exact vocal execution" and "looked fabulous doing it." Eva Raggio from the Dallas Observer also acclaimed the show in Dallas, writing Cher "brought Vegas to Dallas and delivered the greatest spectacle of the year." Jerry Wofford from the Tulsa World was impressed with the show, commenting on the singer's humor and vocal power, writing: "She was carefree and irreverent and hilarious." Dave McKenna from the Washington Post called the performance in Washington D.C. "outrageous" and "gutsy," while noting there were "plenty of nods to the old days." Ben Rayer writing for The Star gave the singer's performance in Toronto three out of four stars, writing that "the 67-year old's performance sent tidal waves of elation through the arena." James Reed from the Boston Globe praised her performance at the TD Garden, writing the singer was "in exceptional form, as a singer and entertainer." Chris Azzopardi writing for Between the Lines gave a positive review at the performance in Detroit, calling the show "jaw-dropping, frilly, and elaborately produced." Jeff Miers from The Buffalo News wrote her performance in Buffalo offered a "visceral thrill, one that everyone appeared to be willing to indulge in." Tony Lofaro from the Ottawa Citizen praised the concert in Ottawa writing Cher is "a pop diva supreme with timeless quality and an over-worked Vegas patter with just enough titillating sexiness to send everybody home giddy."
A.D. Amorosi from Philly.com wrote that the singer's voice in Philadelphia was "delicious, filled with deep, long vowels, even when iced-over by Auto-Tune robotics." Laura DeMarco writing for The Plain Dealer commented on her performance in Cleveland, writing Cher "did not disappoint on her aptly dubbed tour" and the show was "full-on entertainment, from the fashion to the sounds of the set." Jim Farber from the New York Daily News wrote her joyful performance in New York City "came from its mission to defy common notions of taste, age and even self-parody." Melissa Ruggieri from Access Atlanta gave a positive review of the performance in Atlanta calling the singer "irreplaceable" and writing Cher's shows are "spectacles that are embellished to the point of excess." Jim Abbott from the Orlando Sentinel noted there was "plenty of heart in Cher’s spectacle" and "enough humor and shoot-from-the-hip candor to humanize the flashy excesses." Timothy Finn from the Kansas City Star wrote the singer "justified her eminence" with a performance "that showcased her career in music, television and film and showed off her physical endurance, which is still impressive, especially for a 68-year-old." Francois Marchand from the Vancouver Sun wrote the show was "an elaborate display that took fans on an aural and visual trip down memory lane," and adding it "was eye candy and glitter galore throughout." Mikael Wood writing for the LA Times praised the performance at Staples Center writing the concert felt "reassuringly human, even low-key at points."
On May 29, 2014 it was reported by Billboard that the Dressed to Kill Tour had claimed the No. 1 spot on their weekly ranking of Hot Tours with more than $15.5 million in revenue. From April 23 through May 17, 2014, Cher sold 177,239 tickets, each show during that period being a sell-out. Since the tour's launch on March 22, 2014, a total of 340,000 tickets with a gross of over $30 million had been sold through the show on May 17. The Izod Center in New Jersey had drawn the largest crowd with 14,893 people in attendance. Toronto's Air Canada Center held the record of highest sales total since the beginning of the tour, with $1.7 million in revenue from an April 7, 2014 performance.
The first leg of the tour, which spanned 49 dates across North America, grossed a total of $55.1 Million, as reported by Billboard on July 15, 2014. One of the most lucrative concert tours of 2014, it had been attended by 610,812 people that far. The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas produced the largest gross of the first leg, earning $1.75 Million via a concert on May 25.
On Pollstar's Mid Year Top 100 Worldwide Tours list, released in July 2014 and ranking tours up until that date, the "Dressed to Kill" tour was ranked at number 9 with $48.5 million in grosses and 538,707 tickets sold.
This set list is representative of the performance in Kansas City. It does not represent all concerts for the duration of the tour.
- "Woman's World"
- "Strong Enough"
- "Dressed to Kill"
- "Little Man" / "All I Ever Need Is You" (Video Interlude)
- "The Beat Goes On"
- "I Got You Babe"
- "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves"
- "Dark Lady"
- "Welcome to Burlesque"
- "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me"
- "Take It Like a Man"
- "Walking in Memphis"
- "Just Like Jesse James"
- "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"
- "I Found Someone"
- "If I Could Turn Back Time"
- "I Hope You Find It"
- During the opening performance in Phoenix, Cher performed "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" and "Heart of Stone."
|Leg 1 — North America|
|March 22, 2014||Phoenix||United States||US Airways Center||Pat Benatar
|13,297 / 13,297||$1,054,324|
|March 24, 2014||Houston||Toyota Center||11,641 / 11,641||$1,271,089|
|March 26, 2014||Dallas||American Airlines Center||12,682 / 12,682||$1,326,801|
|March 28, 2014||North Little Rock||Verizon Arena||12,119 / 12,119||$762,902|
|March 29, 2014||Tulsa||BOK Center||11,900 / 11,900||$862,905|
|March 31, 2014||Nashville||Bridgestone Arena||12,083 / 12,977||$1,220,667|
|April 2, 2014||Pittsburgh||Consol Energy Center||13,386 / 13,386||$1,227,856|
|April 4, 2014||Washington, D.C.||Verizon Center||12,922 / 12,922||$1,474,099|
|April 5, 2014||Uncasville||Mohegan Sun Arena||7,022 / 7,022||$1,043,005|
|April 7, 2014||Toronto||Canada||Air Canada Centre||14,825 / 14,825||$1,708,070|
|April 9, 2014||Boston||United States||TD Garden||12,792 / 12,792||$1,341,828|
|April 11, 2014||Indianapolis||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||12,629 / 12,629||$931,481|
|April 12, 2014||Detroit||Joe Louis Arena||14,294 / 14,294||$1,015,326|
|April 23, 2014||Buffalo||First Niagara Center||Cyndi Lauper||13,459 / 13,459||$1,028,751|
|April 25, 2014||Montreal||Canada||Bell Centre||10,814 / 10,814||$926,775|
|April 26, 2014||Ottawa||Canadian Tire Centre||12,059 / 12,059||$946,354|
|April 28, 2014||Philadelphia||United States||Wells Fargo Center||13,249 / 13,249||$1,570,731|
|April 30, 2014||Columbus||Nationwide Arena||13,358 / 13,358||$1,097,955|
|May 2, 2014||Cleveland||Quicken Loans Arena||14,527 / 14,527||$1,029,947|
|May 5, 2014||Charlotte||Time Warner Cable Arena||11,477 / 11,477||$776,786|
|May 7, 2014||Raleigh||PNC Arena||11,870 / 11,870||$772,703|
|May 9, 2014[a]||New York City||Barclays Center||14,309 / 14,309||$1,421,594|
|May 10, 2014||East Rutherford||Izod Center||14,893 / 14,893||$1,553,260|
|May 12, 2014||Atlanta||Philips Arena||11,337 / 11,337||$1,088,627|
|May 14, 2014||Jacksonville||Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena||10,794 / 10,794||$868,169|
|May 16, 2014||Orlando||Amway Center||12,915 / 12,915||$1,069,734|
|May 17, 2014||Sunrise||BB&T Center||12,178 / 12,178||$1,348,709|
|May 25, 2014||Las Vegas||MGM Grand Garden Arena||13,027 / 13,027||$1,747,641|
|May 28, 2014||Denver||Pepsi Center||11,176 / 11,176||$986,794|
|May 30, 2014||Lincoln||Pinnacle Bank Arena||13,165 / 13,165||$1,189,462|
|May 31, 2014||Kansas City||Sprint Center||12,904 / 12,904||$1,076,528|
|June 2, 2014||Louisville||KFC Yum! Center||13,838 / 13,838||$1,171,984|
|June 4, 2014||St. Louis||Scottrade Center||13,463 / 13,463||$1,009,214|
|June 6, 2014||Milwaukee||BMO Harris Bradley Center||12,689 / 12,689||$880,575|
|June 7, 2014||Rosemont||Allstate Arena||13,375 / 13,375||$1,453,390|
|June 9, 2014||Des Moines||Wells Fargo Arena||12,801 / 12,801||$1,016,530|
|June 11, 2014||Minneapolis||Target Center||12,196 / 12,196||$1,049,258|
|June 20, 2014||Winnipeg||Canada||MTS Centre||11,919 / 11,919||$1,037,570|
|June 21, 2014||Saskatoon||Credit Union Centre||12,874 / 12,874||$931,947|
|June 23, 2014||Edmonton||Rexall Place||13,512 / 13,512||$1,049,770|
|June 25, 2014||Calgary||Scotiabank Saddledome||12,795 / 12,795||$1,141,010|
|June 27, 2014||Vancouver||Rogers Arena||13,575 / 13,575||$1,355,470|
|June 28, 2014||Seattle||United States||KeyArena||11,644 / 11,644||$1,160,019|
|June 30, 2014||Portland||Moda Center||11,962 / 11,962||$767,846|
|July 2, 2014||San Jose||SAP Center at San Jose||12,662 / 12,662||$1,298,251|
|July 5, 2014||Ontario||Citizens Business Bank Arena||8,676 / 8,676||$855,212|
|July 7, 2014||Los Angeles||Staples Center||12,418 / 12,418||$1,362,733|
|July 9, 2014||Anaheim||Honda Center||9,790 / 9,790||$1,021,385|
|July 11, 2014||San Diego||Valley View Casino Center||10,227 / 10,227||$809,019|
|Leg 2 — North America|
|October 4, 2014||Toronto||Canada||Air Canada Centre||Pat Benatar
|October 6, 2014[b]||Albany||United States||Times Union Center||—||—|
|October 7, 2014[c]||Manchester||Verizon Wireless Arena||—||—|
|October 9, 2014[d]||Boston||TD Garden||—||—|
|October 11, 2014[e]||Hartford||XL Center||N/A||—||—|
|October 13, 2014[f]||University Park||Bryce Jordan Center||Pat Benatar
|October 15, 2014||Richmond||Richmond Coliseum||—||—|
|October 18, 2014||Cincinnati||U.S. Bank Arena||—||—|
|October 20, 2014||Grand Rapids||Van Andel Arena||—||—|
|October 22, 2014||Moline||iWireless Center||—||—|
|October 24, 2014||Chicago||United Center||—||—|
|October 25, 2014||Green Bay||Resch Center||N/A||—||—|
|October 27, 2014||Fort Wayne||Allen County War Memorial Coliseum||Pat Benatar
|October 29, 2014||Fargo||Fargodome||—||—|
|October 31, 2014||Sioux Falls||Denny Sanford Premier Center||—||—|
|November 1, 2014||Omaha||CenturyLink Center||—||—|
|November 3, 2014||Wichita||Intrust Bank Arena||—||—|
|November 9, 2014||Lubbock||United Supermarkets Arena||—||—|
|November 11, 2014||Austin||Frank Erwin Center||—||—|
|November 13, 2014||Corpus Christi||American Bank Center||—||—|
|November 15, 2014||Bossier City||CenturyLink Center||—||—|
|November 17, 2014||Pensacola||Pensacola Bay Center||—||—|
|November 19, 2014||Charleston||North Charleston Coliseum||—||—|
|November 23, 2014[g]||Auburn Hills||The Palace of Auburn Hills||—||—|
|December 2, 2014[h]||Allentown||PPL Center||—||—|
|December 6, 2014[i]||Washington, D.C.||Verizon Center||—||—|
|December 8, 2014[j]||Uniondale||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum||—||—|
|December 10, 2014[k]||New York City||Madison Square Garden||—||—|
|December 12, 2014[l]||Newark||Prudential Center||—||—|
|December 15, 2014[m]||New York City||Madison Square Garden||—||—|
|Total||609,519 / 610,413||$55,112,056|
|October 5, 2014||Toronto||Canada||Air Canada Centre||Scheduling conflicts|
- Musical Directors: Ollie Marland and Paul Mirkovich
- Guitar: David Barry
- Bass Guitar: Eva Gardner
- Keyboards: Ollie Marland and Darrell Smith
- Drums: Mark Schulman
- Backing Vocalists: Stacy Campbell and Nikki Tillman
- Dancers: Jackie Dowsett Ballinger, Sagiv Ben Binyamin, Suzanne Easter, Emilie Livingston, Tyne Stecklein, Sumayah McRae, Marlon Pelayo, Ryan Ramirez, Joe Slaughter, Jamal Story, Maximiliano Torandell, Jaymz Tuaileva and Kevin Wilson
- During Cyndi Lauper's performance at Barclays Center on May 9, 2014 she was joined onstage by Liza Minnelli and Rosie O'Donnell.
- The October 6, 2014 concert in Albany, New York at the Times Union Center was originally planned to take place on September 11 but was rescheduled due to the singer having an acute viral infection.
- The October 7, 2014 concert in Manchester, New Hampshire at the Verizon Wireless Arena was originally planned to take place on September 13 but was rescheduled due to the singer having an acute viral infection.
- The October 9, 2014 concert in Boston, Massachusetts at the TD Garden was originally planned to take place on September 26 but was rescheduled due to the singer having an acute viral infection.
- The October 11, 2014 concert in Hartford, Connecticut at the XL Center was originally planned to take place on September 27 but was rescheduled due to the singer having an acute viral infection.
- The October 13, 2014 concert in University Park, Pennsylvania at the Bryce Jordan Center was originally planned to take place on September 24 but was rescheduled due to the singer having an acute viral infection.
- The November 23, 2014 concert in Auburn Hills, Michigan at the Palace of Auburn Hills was originally planned to take place on October 1 but was rescheduled due to the singer having an acute viral infection.
- The December 2, 2014 concert in Allentown, Pennsylvania at the PPL Center was originally planned to take place on September 15 but was rescheduled due to the singer having an acute viral infection.
- The December 6, 2014 concert in Washington, D.C. at the Verizon Center was originally planned to take place on September 29 but was rescheduled due to the singer having an acute viral infection.
- The December 8, 2014 concert in Uniondale, New York at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum was originally planned to take place on September 22 but was rescheduled due to the singer having an acute viral infection.
- The December 10, 2014 concert in New York City, New York at the Madison Square Garden was originally planned to take place on September 19 but was rescheduled due to the singer having an acute viral infection.
- The December 12, 2014 concert in Newark, New Jersey at the Prudential Center was originally planned to take place on September 17 but was rescheduled due to the singer having an acute viral infection.
- The December 15, 2014 concert in New York City, New York at the Madison Square Garden was originally planned to take place on September 20 but was rescheduled due to the singer having an acute viral infection.
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