Living Proof: The Farewell Tour

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For the live album of the tour, see Live! The Farewell Tour.
Living Proof: The Farewell Tour
Cher lpft.jpg
Promotional poster for the San Diego date.
World tour by Cher
Location
Associated album
Start date June 14, 2002 (2002-06-14)
End date April 30, 2005 (2005-04-30)
Legs 5
Shows
Box office US$260 million ($313.96 in 2014 dollars)[1]
Cher concert chronology
Do You Believe? Tour
(1999–2000)
Living Proof: The Farewell Tour
(2002–05)
Cher at the Colosseum
(2008–11)

Living Proof: The Farewell Tour (also referred to as simply The Farewell Tour and later dubbed The Never Can Say Goodbye Tour) was the seventh concert tour by American singer Cher to promote her twenty-fourth studio album, Living Proof and her 7th official compilation album, The Very Best of Cher.[2] It began on June 14, 2002 in Toronto, Canada and was originally planned as a 59-date tour in North America.

Due to the popularity of the tour, Cher decided to extend it by 100 more shows in North America then, after the tour concluded in 2004, she announced plans of playing in Europe, Oceania and Asia to play in territories she either had never been to or had not played for a long time. The final show took place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles after a record-breaking 325 dates.

The tour was planned similarly to her previous 1999/2000 Do You Believe? Tour. The set list consisted of 21 songs, 4 video montages, dancers and aerialists. It also included a dozen costume changes, designed by Cher's long time collaborator Bob Mackie. Some changes were made to the set list during the European and Australasian legs.

The tour generated positive reviews from critics. The concert was broadcast on NBC from American Airlines Arena, in Miami, Florida during Thanksgiving weekend.[2] The concert special attracting near 17 million viewers and won three Primetime Emmy Awards.[3] A DVD titled The Farewell Tour was released in summer 2003.

The Living Proof: The Farewell Tour was a commercial success. After the first leg, it became the longest running concert tour ever in North America and the highest grossing tour by a solo artist, earning $145 million. Overall, Cher performed to over 5.88 million fans in 20 countries grossing a total of US$394 million with 605 shows (The data combines some box office earnings from Cher's previous concert tours).[4]

Background[edit]

In May 2002, Cher announced she would embark on a three-month tour that would be her last. She commented, "It's an artist's dream to have a career where you're continually drawing new people in, while hopefully keeping your longtime fans happy. But I'm certainly aware of the fact that it's a rare occurrence. I don't take for granted the fact that people still care about what I do on any level."[5] She would later sarcastically remark,"I'm approaching 80 and if I did that thing everyone does, come back in five years, I'd be driving around in one of those carts you know, the ones with the joysticks you see in Costco. There are two reasons people come back. Because, like the Stones, they're broke. Again. Or they're old divas who can't wait to be out among their adoring fans. But this, this truly is it."[6]

The tour kicked off in Toronto in June 2002 and would continue onward for a record breaking 326 shows, ending in Los Angeles April 2005. The final show was performed at the Hollywood Bowl, incidentally where Cher made her first concert appearance with former husband, Sonny Bono. Cher explains the longevity of the tour was based on asking her manager to continue to add dates because of the audience reaction.[7] The tour was originally slated to end with the Australasian leg in the Fall of 2004, however, an additional North American leg was added in January 2005.[8] She concluded, "I really don't want to stop. They're making me stop! I told the tour managers, 'But I haven't done Vermont or Delaware', and they said, 'There are no venues big enough, dear'. And then I said, 'So go out and build some! After that, physical restraint was mentioned.' But seriously, I figured if I didn't stop, I was going to go into permanent Marlene Dietrich mode. […] And these are the song I sang for audiences in Alaska, Ohio, Connecticut… and then I'd keep falling off my elephant and eventually become a recluse."[9] After the tour, Cher had hopes of recording a Christmas album and a country duet album. Additionally, she wanted to continue filming movies, return to doing TV specials and appearing on Broadway.

The tour also gave Cher the opportunity to perform in new territories in Europe and North America, including her first tour to reach New Zealand. According to the Dakota Student, the performance at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota was the largest [single night] audience the artist has performed for during her solo career. Although the article states over 20,000 were in attendance, Billboard later reported an audience of 19,531 spectators.[10]

Controversy[edit]

While performing in New Zealand, Cher referred to Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and Jessica Simpson as "little hos".[11] In one monologue that she recited to her audience, Cher said:

Alright! Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez! Alright. Okay, I'll tell you something that happened and this is the truth. One night I got so excited by you guys. I was in a, you know, concert and it was like so excited, like, 'Boo, hoo! Okay, great!' And then I said, 'Oh, they're a bunch of little hos, aren't they?' Yes! But don't you know, two of them were really angry and didn't think it was a joke. No, no, I'm not gonna mention any names, but...well, all right—but—that's a...big butt! Yes. She was a little pissed off, you know. But I don't blame her. You know, she doesn't understand that I'm just kidding when I call her a little ho. You know. It's just my sense of humor, you know. I just-I call myself a stupid bitch. They're little hos. It just works for me, you know. But, so, whatever. So, whatever. I have to proceed with the show and those girls are coming, so we have to prepare ourselves.[12]

Concert synopsis[edit]

Ladies and gentlemen, and flamboyant gentlemen. Boys and girls and children of all ages. Welcome to the Cher-est show on earth. […] And all I have to say is, ‘follow this, you bitches’.

The show begins with a video displaying a young Cher leaving her home. The video instantly progresses to an adult Cher walking into a blue room. The video continues to show Cher throughout the years in numerous music videos and live performances, including a few from The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, The Cher Show and Cher... Special. It then, shows the singer during a photo shoot wearing many of her well-known costumes from the 70's and 80's. The video concludes showing the entire singer's albums and singles cover art. The final image shows Cher on a metallic purple background surround by butterflies as she descends on stage via chandelier performing U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". "Song for the Lonely” continues the set before the singer pauses to acknowledge the audience explaining why it is her final tour. She exits the stage as her dancers perform a routine to “Gayatri Mantra”, a well-known Hindu mantra. As the routine ends, Cher appears on a papier-mâché elephant performing "All or Nothing". The show continues with an aerial dance interlude and a performance of "I Found Someone".

After an extended guitar solo, Cher appears on the second tier of the stage in a tribal garment for a new rendition of "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)". The next segment of the show begins with clips of Cher and ex-husband Sonny Bono performing three of their popular songs "The Beat Goes On", "Baby Don't Go", and "I Got You Babe". When the video ends, Cher appears on stage performing "All I Really Want to Do", which she explains was her first hit record. The segment continues with a medley of her solo singles "Half-Breed", "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" and "Dark Lady". The show progresses with a video montage of Cher’s sitcom, “The Cher Show”. Next, her dancers appear in leisure suit mimicking choreography displayed in ‘’Saturday Night Fever’’. Cher then emerges performing "Take Me Home". The song ends with another dance routine before Cher rejoins to perform "The Way of Love". The segment ends with a video of Cher perform scenes from ‘’West Side Story’’, originally shown in 1978 for “Cher... Special”. This leads into another video showing clips from the singer’s theatrical films including, ‘’Silkwood’’, ‘’Moonstruck’’ and ‘’Mermaids’’. The video ends and Cher appears onstage to perform “After All”. The show continues with "Just Like Jesse James", "Heart of Stone" and "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)".

After Cher exits the stage, a video is played displaying various interviews of the singer from the 70s to 00s. The clips are interloped with outtakes of her recent music video for the song “Alive Again. The music video for "Strong Enough" is shown for the first verse before Cher appears onstage to conclude the song. This final segment concludes with a performance of "If I Could Turn Back Time". The show continues with an encore segment as Cher returns to the stage to perform “Believe".

Critical reception[edit]

James Sullivan (San Francisco Chronicle) remarked how Cher is still viable amongst her younger peers stating, "The Britney effect of the latter look was unmistakable. Cher is well aware that her chameleonic glitz set the stage for the current era of stadium-size razzle-dazzle. She's comfortable enough to see such imitation as flattery, not theft."[13]

Jim Farber (New York Daily News) felt the singer's numerous costumes changes and video interludes were a huge distraction from the overall show. In his article he writes, "During the course of Cher's hour-and-45-minute performances, she has been dressing as a bespangled circus ringleader, an iron-haired hippie chick, an S&M tart and what looks like Conan the Barbarian's favorite concubine. At one point, she even models that barely there black getup she wore in the 13-year-old hit video for "If I Could Turn Back Time." Which means she may be the only 56-year-old in history to appear in public in a thong. Oh, yes ... the show also features music."[14]

Jon Pareles (The New York Times) praised her show at the Madison Square Garder remarking, "Once more, Cher triumphed over restraint, aging and gravity, standing proudly alongside her younger selves in the video clips. In her finale, Believe, she appeared in a long silvery dress while her dancers wore futuristic space suits. The song's verses used an electronic filter on Cher's vocal, turning her into cyber-Cher, a hit machine immune to sagging flesh. The song promises life after love; Cher, no doubt, will continue a celebrity life after soaking up her touring audiences' love one last time."[15]

Broadcasts and recordings[edit]

In 2002, the concerts at the American Airlines Arena, in Miami, Florida were filmed for an upcoming television special to be aired during Thanksgiving weekend.[2] The concert special appeared on NBC and attracted near 17 million viewers. This concert special was later released on DVD and CD formats. The concert footage would achieve further acclaim earning three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series, Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program and Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.[3] A DVD was released in the summer of 2003 and has sold over 400,000 copies. The DVD contains bonus footage including a behind–the–scenes documentary, a montage of Cher's costumes, a meet and greet with the team, extra monologues and the full performance of West Side Story from 1978. Additionally, it features rehearsal footage of "Save Up All Your Tears" and live performances of "We All Sleep Alone" and "A Different Kind of Love Song".

Set list[edit]

  1. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
  2. "Song for the Lonely"
  3. "Gayatri Mantra"
  4. "All or Nothing"
  5. "I Found Someone"
  6. "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"
  7. "Sonny & Cher Medley" (contains excerpts from "The Beat Goes On", "Baby Don't Go", and "I Got You Babe")
  8. "All I Really Want to Do" / "Half-Breed" / "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves" / "Dark Lady"
  9. "Take Me Home"
  10. "The Way of Love"
  11. "After All"
  12. "Just Like Jesse James"
  13. "Heart of Stone"
  14. "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"
  15. "Strong Enough"
  16. "If I Could Turn Back Time"
  17. "Believe"

Set list per official DVD tracklisting.[16]

Shows[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, opening act, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Opening act Attendance Revenue
North America[17]
June 14, 2002 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre Cyndi Lauper 14,737 / 15,829 $764,144
June 15, 2002 Auburn Hills United States The Palace of Auburn Hills 12,079 / 15,064 $816,903
June 18, 2002 Cleveland Gund Arena 13,666 / 16,500 $951,934
June 19, 2002 Columbus Nationwide Arena 10,118 / 14,378 $1,000,796
June 21, 2002 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena N/A N/A N/A
June 22, 2002 Philadelphia First Union Center Cyndi Lauper 28,769 / 28,769 $1,942,840
June 24, 2002
June 26, 2002 New York City Madison Square Garden 28,033 / 28,033 $2,083,396
June 27, 2002
June 29, 2002 Washington, D.C. MCI Center 13,592 / 13,679 $942,294
June 30, 2002 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 13,003 / 13,003 $918,934
July 2, 2002 East Rutherford Continental Airlines Arena 16,600 / 16,600 $1,037,879
July 3, 2002 Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena 9,368 / 9,422 $693,207
July 5, 2002 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena 11,514 / 13,249 $773,537
July 6, 2002 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall N/A N/A N/A
July 8, 2002 Boston FleetCenter Cyndi Lauper 27,232 / 28,750 $1,847,262
July 9, 2002
July 12, 2002 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena 11,165 / 11,165 $770,494
July 13, 2002 Milwaukee Bradley Center 12,981 / 14,754 $854,924
July 15, 2002 St. Louis Savvis Center 12,925 / 14,153 $848,364
July 16, 2002 Kansas City Kemper Arena 12,217 / 13,625 $804,967
July 18, 2002 Chicago United Center 29,804 / 31,035 $2,015,400
July 19, 2002
July 29, 2002 Seattle KeyArena 11,750 / 12,102 $793,041
July 30, 2002 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place 11,982 / 14,874 $608,439
August 1, 2002 Portland United States Rose Garden 11,855 / 13,819 $818,024
August 3, 2002 Oakland The Arena in Oakland 11,879 / 14,095 $751,206
August 4, 2002 San Jose Compaq Center at San Jose 12,961 / 12,961 $832,113
August 6, 2002 Los Angeles Staples Center 11,117 / 16,405 $942,740
August 7, 2002 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim 11,117 / 11,323 $826,224
August 9, 2002 Paradise MGM Grand Garden Arena 26,632 / 26,632 $2,255,649
August 10, 2002
August 12, 2002 Phoenix America West Arena 14,061 / 14,820 $833,688
August 14, 2002 Salt Lake City Delta Center 9,959 / 13,074 $535,121
August 15, 2002 Denver Pepsi Center 12,377 / 13,449 $852,902
August 17, 2002 North Little Rock Alltel Arena 14,799 / 14,799 $821,866
August 18, 2002 New Orleans New Orleans Arena 13,053 / 13,053 $831,611
August 20, 2002 Oklahoma City Ford Center 12,906 / 12,906 $898,684
August 21, 2002 Houston Compaq Center 11,789 / 11,789 $893,373
August 23, 2002 Dallas American Airlines Center Tommy Drake 14,988 / 14,988 $952,310
August 24, 2002 Austin Frank Erwin Center 12,545 / 12,545 $808,986
August 27, 2002 Atlanta Philips Arena N/A N/A N/A
August 28, 2002 Greenville BI-LO Center
August 30, 2002 Sunrise National Car Rental Center Cyndi Lauper 27,479 / 27,942 $1,853,821
August 31, 2002
September 2, 2002 Tampa Ice Palace 14,423 / 14,423 $948,516
September 4, 2002 Birmingham BJCC Arena 11,970 / 13,649 $788,340
September 5, 2002 Louisville Freedom Hall 10,747 / 14,516 $684,339
September 7, 2002 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum 13,406 / 14,922 $770,873
September 8, 2002 Cincinnati U.S. Bank Arena 9,081 / 11,270 $658,291
September 10, 2002 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse 11,288 / 13,419 $741,724
September 12, 2002 Madison Kohl Center 9,802 / 12,980 $667,343
September 13, 2002 Moline Mark of the Quad Cities 10,564 / 10,564 $656,440
September 15, 2002 Minneapolis Target Center 13,692 / 13,692 $869,162
September 27, 2002 Winnipeg Canada Winnipeg Arena N/A N/A N/A
September 28, 2002 Grand Forks United States Alerus Center Cyndi Lauper 19,351 / 19,351 $930,190
September 30, 2002 Valley Center Kansas Coliseum 8,701 / 11,638 $593,559
October 2, 2002 Ames Hilton Coliseum 10,151 / 10,244 $659,671
October 4, 2002 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center N/A N/A N/A
October 6, 2002 Ashwaubenon Resch Center Cyndi Lauper 7,754 / 8,326 $622,148
October 8, 2002 Chicago United Center 13,412 / 15,315 $912,728
October 10, 2002 Champaign Assembly Hall 8,373 / 16,989 $548,078
October 12, 2002 East Lansing Breslin Student Events Center 7,821 / 8,891 $496,061
October 13, 2002 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 13,771 / 13,771 $799,098
October 15, 2002 Hershey Giant Center 9,406 / 9,699 $667,213
October 17, 2002 New York City Madison Square Garden 28,853 / 29,568 $2,177,228
October 18, 2002
October 21, 2002 Montreal Canada Bell Centre 10,328 / 15,500 $581,600
October 23, 2002 London John Labatt Centre 8,661 / 8,942 $494,234
October 24, 2002 Toronto Air Canada Centre 15,172 / 16,022 $746,041
October 25, 2002 Uncasville United States Mohegan Sun Arena N/A N/A N/A
October 26, 2002 Philadelphia First Union Center Cyndi Lauper 13,146 / 15,000 $901,500
November 3, 2002 Boston FleetCenter N/A N/A N/A
November 4, 2002 Providence Dunkin' Donuts Center
November 7, 2002 Miami American Airlines Arena
November 8, 2002
November 11, 2002 Orlando TD Waterhouse Centre Cyndi Lauper 11,029 / 11,047 $761,600
November 13, 2002 Nashville Gaylord Entertainment Center 13,505 / 14,179 $757,853
November 14, 2002 New Orleans New Orleans Arena 11,876 / 11,876 $767,431
November 16, 2002 Bossier City CenturyTel Center 11,610 / 11,610 $771,806
November 17, 2002 Houston Compaq Center N/A N/A N/A
November 20, 2002 El Paso Don Haskins Center
November 22, 2002 Dallas American Airlines Center
November 23, 2002 Laredo Laredo Entertainment Center Cyndi Lauper 8,846 / 8,846 $667,965
November 25, 2002 San Antonio SBC Center 10,259 / 14,948 $656,856
December 1, 2002 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena 10,465 / 14,361 $593,681
December 2, 2002 Los Angeles Staples Center 10,160 / 17,500 $773,164
December 5, 2002 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond at Anaheim 8,930 / 12,174 $679,045
December 7, 2002 Bakersfield Bakersfield Centennial Garden 8,720 / 8,720 $511,125
December 8, 2002 Sacramento ARCO Arena 12,893 / 12,893 $832,642
December 11, 2002 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose 10,860 / 12,802 $716,750
December 13, 2002 Paradise MGM Grand Garden Arena 19,046 / 23,130 $1,728,357
December 14, 2002
December 16, 2002 Seattle KeyArena 10,291 / 11,264 $682,303
December 18, 2002 Nampa Idaho Center 9,247 / 9,247 $540,972
December 19, 2002 Spokane Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena 10,430 / 10,430 $666,800
January 30, 2003 Fresno Selland Arena Tommy Drake 7,640 / 7,640 $547,371
February 1, 2003 Tucson Tucson Arena 8,169 / 8,169 $573,950
February 2, 2003 El Paso Don Haskins Center 7,646 / 7,646 $594,355
February 4, 2003 Phoenix America West Arena 11,949 / 11,949 $728,967
February 5, 2003 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum 8,569 / 8,569 $612,696
February 7, 2003 Lubbock United Spirit Arena 10,416 / 10,416 $638,920
February 9, 2003 North Little Rock Alltel Arena N/A N/A N/A
February 11, 2003 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum
February 13, 2003 Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center
February 14, 2003 Jacksonville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum
February 24, 2003 Roanoke Roanoke Civic Center Tommy Drake 6,890 / 8,272 $391,699
February 25, 2003 Richmond Richmond Coliseum 9,851 / 9,851 $672,787
February 27, 2003 Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena 9,016 / 10,034 $636,056
March 1, 2003 Lexington Rupp Arena 10,098 / 15,318 $608,012
March 2, 2003 Knoxville Thompson–Boling Arena 10,508 / 11,780 $706,905
March 4, 2003 Memphis Pyramid Arena 12,424 / 15,668 $755,276
March 6, 2003 Lafayette Cajundome 9,836 / 10,001 $639,958
March 8, 2003 Mobile Mobile Civic Center 7,456 / 7,456 $552,769
March 9, 2003 Jackson Mississippi Coliseum 6,199 / 6,199 $458,642
March 11, 2003 Huntsville Von Braun Center 6,494 / 6,494 $511,664
March 13, 2003 Oklahoma City Ford Center 11,485 / 19,597 $774,011
March 14, 2003 Valley Center Kansas Coliseum 8,405 / 11,638 $547,759
March 16, 2003 Topeka Landon Arena 7,595 / 7,896 $490,159
April 16, 2003 Billings MetraPark Arena 8,254 / 8,530 $586,193
April 17, 2003 Bismarck Bismarck Civic Center 7,728 / 7,768 $538,268
April 19, 2003 Council Bluffs Mid-America Center 14,392 / 14,535 $1,004,565
April 20, 2003
April 22, 2003 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum N/A N/A N/A
April 23, 2003 North Charleston North Charleston Coliseum
April 25, 2003 Atlanta Philips Arena Tommy Drake 12,847 / 14,130 $872,885
April 27, 2003 Wilkes-Barre First Union Arena Dom Irrera 8,244 / 8,244 $518,214
April 29, 2003 Bridgeport Arena at Harbor Yard 8,421 / 8,421 $695,036
April 30, 2003 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center 6,568 / 6,894 $463,082
May 2, 2003 Worcester Worcester's Centrum Centre 11,189 / 11,189 $729,569
May 3, 2003 Buffalo HSBC Arena N/A N/A N/A
May 13, 2003 Fairborn Nutter Center Dom Irrera 11,223 / 11,223 $650,162
May 16, 2003 Cleveland Gund Arena 15,824 / 16,000 $1,044,401
May 17, 2003 Detroit Joe Louis Arena 14,532 / 14,532 $921,890
June 2, 2003 Trenton Sovereign Bank Arena Tommy Drake 15,222 / 15,222 $1,105,200
June 3, 2003
June 5, 2003 Hampton Hampton Coliseum N/A N/A N/A
June 7, 2003 Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena Dom Irrera 9,295 / 9,368 $697,968
June 8, 2003 University Park Bryce Jordan Center 11,644 / 11,644 $706,187
June 11, 2003 New York City Madison Square Garden 29,776 / 29,776 $2,266,525
June 12, 2003
June 15, 2003 Moline Mark of the Quad Cities 10,199 / 10,199 $580,005
June 17, 2003 Denver Pepsi Center 12,226 / 12,534 $729,077
June 18, 2003 Billings MetraPark Arena 7,945 / 8,853 $560,013
June 20, 2003 Nampa Idaho Center 9,019 / 9,233 $593,907
June 21, 2003 Yakima Yakima Valley SunDome 6,911 / 7,055 $496,063
July 9, 2003 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena N/A N/A N/A
July 11, 2003 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall Tommy Drake 12,422 / 12,422 $1,093,440
July 12, 2003 Worcester Worcester's Centrum Centre Dom Irrera 10,283 / 10,917 $680,910
July 14, 2003 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center 6,466 / 6,466 $487,175
July 16, 2003 Hartford Hartford Civic Center 11,052 / 11,593 $755,279
July 18, 2003 Wilkes-Barre Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza 8,443 / 8,443 $525,294
July 19, 2003 Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena Tommy Drake 8,290 / 9,212 $565,990
July 21, 2003 Fairborn Nutter Center N/A N/A N/A
July 23, 2003 Albany Pepsi Arena Tommy Drake 11,587 / 11,587 $801,670
July 25, 2003 Rochester Blue Cross Arena N/A N/A N/A
July 26, 2003 Hershey Giant Center Tommy Drake 9,735 / 10,027 $722,286
July 28, 2003 Rockford Rockford MetroCentre 7,532 / 7,665 $567,564
July 30, 2003 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena 11,167 / 11,167 $756,012
August 1, 2003 Columbus Jerome Schottenstein Center 9,384 / 12,607 $608,096
August 2, 2003 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse 9,285 / 13,362 $573,990
August 4, 2003 Evansville Roberts Municipal Stadium N/A N/A N/A
August 6, 2003 Fort Wayne Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Tommy Drake 10,305 / 10,305 $587,636
August 7, 2003 Charleston Charleston Civic Center 8,388 / 13,201 $567,118
August 11, 2003 Peoria Carver Arena 9,400 / 9,400 $597,580
August 13, 2003 Des Moines Veterans Memorial Auditorium 8,083 / 8,176 $544,396
August 15, 2003 Minneapolis Target Center 11,911 / 14,391 $797,153
August 16, 2003 Milwaukee Bradley Center 12,302 / 15,563 $761,477
August 22, 2003 Auburn White River Amphitheatre 10,665 / 19,976 $484,981
August 23, 2003 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place 12,562 / 15,151 $720,568
August 25, 2003 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome 13,164 / 13,164 $738,893
August 27, 2003 Saskatoon Saskatchewan Place 13,045 / 13,045 $719,615
August 30, 2003 San Bernardino United States Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen 10,636 / 20,716 $729,875
August 31, 2003 Paradise MGM Grand Garden Arena 13,555 / 13,555 $1,226,815
September 3, 2003 Fresno Selland Arena 7,412 / 7,590 $543,454
September 5, 2003 Concord Chronicle Pavilion 12,455 / 12,500 $691,312
September 6, 2003 Sacramento ARCO Arena 12,468 / 12,468 $829,183
September 8, 2003 Reno Lawlor Events Center 8,183 / 8,500 $689,307
September 10, 2003 Portland Rose Garden 10,713 / 13,218 $778,050
September 12, 2003 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena 9,631 / 11,432 $571,429
September 13, 2003 Phoenix America West Arena 12,325 / 12,325 $767,084
September 22, 2003 Kansas City Kemper Arena 8,520 / 13,514 $570,174
September 24, 2003 Fort Worth FWCC Arena 11,356 / 12,476 $728,439
September 26, 2003 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 12,384 / 15,914 $757,850
September 27, 2003 Selma Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 11,949 / 20,000 $572,200
September 29, 2003 Albuquerque Journal Pavilion 12,111 / 12,125 $616,197
October 1, 2003 Colorado Springs World Arena 7,376 / 7,376 $543,782
October 3, 2003 Omaha Qwest Center Omaha 13,272 / 14,554 $822,239
October 4, 2003 St. Louis Savvis Center 12,399 / 13,936 $828,575
October 10, 2003 Washington, D.C. MCI Center 12,467 / 14,345 $867,117
October 12, 2003 Rosemont Allstate Arena 25,830 / 26,000 $1,772,922
October 13, 2003
October 15, 2003 Norfolk Norfolk Scope 8,152 / 8,446 $490,467
October 16, 2003 Columbia Carolina Coliseum N/A N/A N/A
October 18, 2003 Biloxi Mississippi Coast Coliseum Tommy Drake 9,363 / 9,363 $731,527
October 20, 2003 Daytona Beach Ocean Center 8,828 / 8,828 $666,551
October 21, 2003 Pensacola Pensacola Civic Center 7,583 / 7,583 $536,724
October 25, 2003 Sunrise Office Depot Center 12,105 / 12,401 $816,165
October 27, 2003 Pittsburgh Petersen Events Center 8,395 / 8,748 $583,858
October 28, 2003 Reading Sovereign Center 6,720 / 6,890 $499,044
October 31, 2003 Toronto Canada The SkyTent at SkyDome Thelma Hopkins
Sister Sledge
Village People
26,127 / 27,320 $1,372,704
January 2, 2004 Paradise United States MGM Grand Garden Arena KC & the Sunshine Band
Village People
21,281 / 23,490 $3,145,082
January 3, 2004
Europe[citation needed]
May 8, 2004 Dublin Ireland The Point N/A N/A N/A
May 9, 2004 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
May 11, 2004 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
May 14, 2004 Birmingham England NEC Arena
May 15, 2004
May 17, 2004 Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena
May 19, 2004 Sheffield Hallam FM Arena
May 21, 2004 London Wembley Arena
May 22, 2004
May 26, 2004 Paris France Zénith de Paris
May 28, 2004 Cologne Germany Lanxess Arena
May 29, 2004 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
June 1, 2004 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
June 2, 2004 Budapest Hungary Budapest Sports Arena
June 4, 2004 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
June 5, 2004 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
June 7, 2004 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
June 11, 2004 Hamburg Germany Color Line Arena
June 12, 2004 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen
June 15, 2004 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena
June 18, 2004 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
June 21, 2004 Moscow Russia State Kremlin Palace
June 22, 2004
June 24, 2004 Saint Petersburg Ice Palace
June 27, 2004 Leipzig Germany Arena Leipzig
June 29, 2004 Rotterdam Netherlands The Ahoy
June 30, 2004
July 2, 2004 Monte Carlo Monaco Monte Carlo Sporting Club and Casino
North America[18]
July 23, 2004 Calgary Canada Pengrowth Saddledome N/A N/A N/A
July 24, 2004 Kelowna Prospera Place
July 26, 2004 Edmonton Skyreach Centre
July 28, 2004 Saskatoon Credit Union Centre Tommy Drake 9,090 / 12,908 $573,634
July 30, 2004 Rapid City United States Rushmore Plaza Civic Center N/A N/A N/A
July 31, 2004 Sioux City Gateway Arena Tommy Drake 8,093 / 8,250 $607,410
August 2, 2004 Ashwaubenon Resch Center 7,536 / 7,754 $606,681
August 4, 2004 Cedar Rapids U.S. Cellular Center N/A N/A N/A
August 7, 2004 Fargo Fargodome
August 9, 2004 Tulsa TCC Arena
August 11, 2004 Hidalgo Dodge Arena Tommy Drake 5,532 / 5,738 $530,658
August 13, 2004 Baton Rouge RC Arena N/A N/A N/A
August 14, 2004 Biloxi Mississippi Coast Coliseum
August 23, 2004 Hamilton Canada Copps Coliseum Tommy Drake 12,829 / 13,324 $806,920
August 25, 2004 Halifax Halifax Metro Centre 16,255 / 16,255 $1,033,455
August 26, 2004
August 28, 2004 Uncasville United States Mohegan Sun Arena N/A N/A N/A
August 30, 2004 Providence Dunkin' Donuts Center Tommy Drake 10,114 / 10,114 $637,995
September 1, 2004 Binghamton Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena N/A N/A N/A
September 3, 2004 Erie Louis J. Tullio Arena
September 4, 2004 Reading Sovereign Center Tommy Drake 6,678 / 6,720 $503,782
September 7, 2004 Toledo Savage Hall 7,533 / 7,533 $529,177
September 8, 2004 Springfield Prairie Capital Convention Center 6,424 / 6,424 $493,273
September 11, 2004 Southaven DeSoto Civic Center N/A N/A N/A
September 13, 2004 Chattanooga McKenzie Arena
September 15, 2004 Winston-Salem Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
September 17, 2004 Birmingham BJCC Arena
September 18, 2004 Jacksonville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
September 20, 2004 Gainesville O'Connell Center
September 22, 2004 Daytona Beach Ocean Center Tommy Drake 6,764 / 8,629 $469,961
September 24, 2004 Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center N/A N/A N/A
September 27, 2004 Estero Germain Arena Tommy Drake 11,850 / 11,850 $1,011,858
September 28, 2004
October 8, 2004 Mexico City Mexico Palacio de los Deportes N/A 33,502 / 36,015 1,550,834
October 9, 2004
October 10, 2004
November 5, 2004 Hidalgo United States Dodge Arena N/A 5,426 / 5,426 $518,807
November 7, 2004 Corpus Christi American Bank Center N/A N/A N/A
November 9, 2004 Beaumont Ford Arena N/A 7,757 / 7,757 $537,570
November 11, 2004 Columbia Paige Sports Arena Village People 7,975 / 10,798 $527,672
November 13, 2004 Minneapolis Target Center 10,059 / 14,919 $661,758
November 15, 2004 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls Arena 6,194 / 6,194 $495,936
November 17, 2004 Duluth DECC Arena 5,722 / 5,722 $455,264
November 19, 2004 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena 8,174 / 9,669 $557,487
November 20, 2004 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 10,089 / 14,101 $677,415
November 22, 2004 Rochester Blue Cross Arena 9,249 / 11,118 $661,140
November 24, 2004 Albany Pepsi Arena 8,379 / 9,911 $462,417
November 26, 2004 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center 5,749 / 6,300 $451,363
November 27, 2004 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall N/A N/A N/A
December 11, 2004 Washington, D.C. MCI Center Village People 9,103 / 12,524 $682,293
December 12, 2004 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 12,338 / 13,277 $895,582
December 14, 2004 Duluth Arena at Gwinnett Center N/A N/A N/A
December 16, 2004 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum The B-52's 8,917 / 13,471 $682,105
December 18, 2004 Sunrise Office Depot Center 11,260 / 13,144 $684,663
January 14, 2005 Sacramento ARCO Arena Village People 12,423 / 12,423 $860,136
January 16, 2005 Bakersfield Bakersfield Centennial Garden 7,328 / 7,674 $456,432
January 18, 2005 Glendale Glendale Arena 11,409 / 13,542 $564,895
January 19, 2005 Tucson Tucson Arena 6,848 / 8,085 $403,877
January 21, 2005 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose 12,421 /12,421 $796,072
January 23, 2005 Spokane Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena 9,502 / 12,292 $570,191
January 25, 2005 Portland Rose Garden 9,363 / 9,936 $660,363
January 26, 2005 Everett Everett Events Center 8,273 / 8,424 $565,103
January 29, 2005 Paradise MGM Grand Garden Arena 13,162 / 13,162 $1,124,231
January 31, 2005 Salt Lake City Delta Center 9,981 / 13,018 $584,474
February 2, 2005 Colorado Springs World Arena 6,683 / 7,055 $442,551
February 4, 2005 Wichita Falls Kay Yeager Coliseum 6,995 / 6,995 $451,859
February 5, 2005 Bossier City CenturyTel Center 9,323 / 12,397 $508,529
February 7, 2005 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum 5,994 / 7,522 $372,664
Oceania[19]
February 20, 2005 North Shore City New Zealand North Harbour Stadium N/A N/A N/A
February 22, 2005 Christchurch Westpac Centre 6,895 / 7,099 $808,635
February 26, 2005 Melbourne Australia Rod Laver Arena N/A N/A
February 27, 2005
March 1, 2005
March 3, 2005 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
March 4, 2005
March 7, 2005
March 9, 2005 Newcastle Newcastle Entertainment Centre
March 11, 2005 Boondall Brisbane Entertainment Centre
March 12, 2005
March 15, 2005 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
March 16, 2005
March 18, 2005 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
North America[20]
April 7, 2005 Montreal Canada Bell Centre Village People 9,538 / 10,000 $694,477
April 9, 2005 Ottawa Corel Centre 11,953 / 13,056 $765,700
April 10, 2005 London John Labatt Centre 8,499 / 8,499 $575,678
April 12, 2005 Uncasville United States Mohegan Sun Arena N/A N/A N/A
April 13, 2005 East Rutherford Continental Airlines Arena Village People 15,144 / 15,454 $983,664
April 16, 2005 Chicago United Center 13,876 / 14,039 $943,316
April 18, 2005 Council Bluffs Mid-America Center 6,819 / 7,220 $471,420
April 20, 2005 Winnipeg Canada MTS Centre 11,185 / 11,856 $702,345
April 21, 2005 Regina Regina AgriDome N/A 5,441 / 5,441 $430,261
April 23, 2005 Victoria Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Village People 11,583 / 11,889 $920,372
April 24, 2005
April 29, 2005 Los Angeles United States Hollywood Bowl 30,982 / 33,528 $2,907,412
April 30, 2005
TOTAL 2,474,652 / 2,742,410 (90%) $168,340,675
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
May 22, 2003 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Bradley Center This performance was rescheduled to August 16, 2003[2]
May 25, 2003 Uncasville, Connecticut Mohegan Sun Arena This performance was rescheduled to July 9, 2003[2]
May 31, 2003 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza This performance was rescheduled to July 18, 2003[2]
July 8, 2003 South Burlington, Vermont Burlington Memorial Auditorium Cancelled for unknown reasons, although Cher mentioned in an interview that many venues were not able to equip the stage.
October 9, 2003 Newark, Delaware Bob Carpenter Center Cancelled for unknown reasons, although Cher mentioned in an interview that many venues were not able to equip the stage.
January 10, 2004 Anchorage, Alaska Sullivan Arena Cancelled for unknown reasons, although Cher mentioned in an interview that many venues were not able to equip the stage.
January 13, 2004 Fairbanks, Alaska Carlson Community Activity Center Cancelled for unknown reasons, although Cher mentioned in an interview that many venues were not able to equip the stage.
January 18, 2004 Honolulu, Hawaii Blaisdell Arena Cancelled for unknown reasons, although Cher mentioned in an interview that many venues were not able to equip the stage.

Personnel[edit]

Production Crew
  • Tour Director: Doriana Sanchez
  • Musical Director: Paul Mirkovich
  • Lighting Director: Kille Knobel
  • Video Director: Dave Neugebauer
  • Assistant Video Director: Deb Collins
  • Tour Manager: Nick Cua
  • Production Manager: Malcolm Weldon
  • Stage Manager: Frank Carra
  • Set Designer: Jeremy Railton
  • Lighting Designer: Abigail Rosen Holmes
  • Video Designer: Christine Strand
  • Video Engineer: Jason Harvey
  • Production Coordinator: Dana Jaeger
  • Lighting Crew Chief: Ian Tucker
  • Head Rigger: Steve Olean
  • Head Carpenter: Courtney Jones
  • Lighting Crew: John Amorelli, Gregg Brooks, Jason Gangi, John Ramsey and Jeremy Schilling
  • Video Crew: Richard Davis, David Driscol and Kurt Verhelle
  • Riggers: Leti Alcala, Storm Sollars and James Stratton
  • Carpenters: Michael Garrigan, Russell Glen, Ken Kinard, David Roth, Rick Stucker and Kurt Wagner

Source:[21]

Band
  • Keyboards: Jim McGorman and Paul Mirkovich
  • Guitars: David Barry and Michael Garrigan
  • Bass Guitar: Bill Sharpe
  • Keyboards: Ollie Marland
  • Drums: Mark Schulman and Matt Sorum1
  • Dancers: Shannon Beach, Bubba Carr, Suzanne Easter, Jamal Story, Sal Vassallo, Dreya Weber, Kevin Wilson and Addie Yungmee
  • Backing Vocalists: Stacy Campbell and Patti Darcy Jones
  • Supporting Vocalists: David Barry, Michael Garrigan, Ollie Marland, Jim McGorman, Paul Mirkovich and Bill Sharpe

1Sorum served as drummer for the tour during the first North American leg only.

References[edit]

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  18. ^ North American box score:
  19. ^ Oceania box score:
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  20. ^ North American box score:
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