Love Hurts Tour

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Love Hurts Tour
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Tour program booklet
Tour by Cher
Associated album Love Hurts
Mermaids
Start date April 15, 1992 (1992-04-15)
End date November 1, 1992 (1992-11-01)
Legs 2
Shows 16 in Europe
8 in North America
24 Total
Cher concert chronology
Heart of Stone Tour
(1990)
Love Hurts Tour
(1992)
Do You Believe? Tour
(1999-2000)

The Love Hurts Tour was the third concert tour by American recording artist Cher.[1] The tour supported her twenty first studio album, Love Hurts and the soundtrack, Mermaids. The tour reached Europe and North America. It played in arenas and followed the previous sold-out Heart of Stone Tour.

Background[edit]

Encouraged by the reception of the album Love Hurts, the European smash single "The Shoop Shoop Song", and after the performance of "Could've Been You"[2] at Top of the Pops[3][dead link] - considered as a tour preview, Cher performed six shows as a tour preview at the Sands Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[4][dead link] After the promotion of the album on various American TV shows (like Late Night with David Letterman, Dame Edna Show, In Concert and others...). Although Cher toured Europe extensively, she performed a limited tour in the United States. The tour was originally set to commence in March 1992, however, this was postponed until April 1992 due to illness.[5] During an interview, Cher apologized to spectators stating, "I am very disappointed that we had to postpone these shows and I apologize to all my fans who bought tickets."[6]

In comparison with her previous tour, the show was less elaborate, but more controversial for the clothes and the religious symbols used. At the center of the stage there was a big dry tree with branches that extended to the two sides of the stage. There were also brick-like columns and on top of each there was a religious symbol: a serpent pierced, a stylized fish that the first Christians drew in the catacombs, a cross, the symbol of peace, and the heart of the Ex-voto (which was also used for the first controversial cover of the album Heart of Stone). Above, hanging on the right, there was a black angel, naked, with big golden wings. Since the tour was rock centric, many of her popular songs were not performed. Several covers performed including: "Many Rivers To Cross", "Fire", "Love is a Battlefield" and her recent number one hit in the UK "The Shoop Shoop Song", from the film Mermaids.

Costumes[edit]

Fashion designer Bob Mackie created nine unique ensembles for the Love Hurts Tour, repeating the same Leather/Dominatrix style of the Geffen-era. On this, Cher used some clothes already used in previous tours or for public appearances. The first, is for the performance of "We All Sleep Alone" and "I Found Someone" where Cher wore clothes with holes and paillettes and the black curly wig. For the first song she added a black leather jacket. This dress was previously used in "The Black Rose Show" and in the "I Found Someone" music video. During the performance of "After All" Cher wore an Ice Queen fur coat with sequined designs and pointed hat. This was used in the Heart of Stone Tour and today in the "Cher at the Colosseum" show in Las Vegas at Caesar's Palace. The last one was similar to the dress she wore when she attended the Academy Awards and won her award for Best Actress in 1988. This was used for the performance of "Many Rivers to Cross" and was a dark, sparkly, and transparent dress.

All the other dresses were used only for this tour. For the first part of the show, Cher wore a suit. The jacket was always open to show a top in lace with long and transparent sleeves. Cher also had a red curly wig and wore many pearl necklaces. After the second change, Cher wore a lace baby-doll dress, with the black smooth wig or the black curly wig and performed "Love and Understanding" and "Save Up All Your Tears". During the country portion of the show, she wore a bondage corset, black boots, and black trousers. She also used the black curly wig, and sometimes a straw hat. For "Love Is a Battlefield" she wore a dress with a Roman Soldiers look and she used a long black wig. After that Cher performed her hit song "If I Could Turn Back Time" and wore a leather bondage outfit with a curly black wig. Finally, for the encore, Cher wore the same white baby-doll dress with wavy wig.

During the European and North American shows the costumes remained the same, except for the night of Halloween in New York, where Cher for the first songs wore a witch dress with a twisted bodice and a black transparent skirt. For the performance she also wore a white and black wig. The same wig was also used for the "If I could Turn Back Time" performance.

Source:[7]

Concert synopsis[edit]

In the beginning of the show, a screen projected her life: from her family, to her television, music and film career. After that, the screen went up, and she descended from a platform and began to sing "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". From here she moves into "Bye Bye Baby", "We All Sleep Alone", "I Found Someone", "Love and Understanding" and "Save up All your Tears".

When the song ended, the screen came down and showed some scenes of her most famous films. Then she once again descended from the platform and did "After All". After a fast change she performed "Many Rivers To Cross".[8]

After an instrumental song, began the country part of the show. She sang "Fire" and "Just like Jesse James". Then she did "Love is a Battlefield" and "If I Could Turn Back Time". After those songs she had the first encore and performed "Love Hurts" and "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)" and ended with the second encore performing "The Fire Down Below". The second encore was only done on a few dates. Generally, the setlist didn't change during the tour, but sometimes Cher replaced some of the songs with covers, or her old songs.[9]

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

  1. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
  2. "Bye Bye Baby"
  3. "We All Sleep Alone"
  4. "I Found Someone"
  5. "Love and Understanding"
  6. "Save Up All Your Tears"
  7. "After All" (performed with Paul Mirkovich)
  8. "Many Rivers to Cross"
  9. "Fire"
  10. "Just Like Jesse James"
  11. "Love Is a Battlefield"
  12. "If I Could Turn Back Time"
  13. "Love Hurts"
  14. "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"
  15. "The Fire Down Below"

Source:[9]

Additional notes[edit]

  • During her show at the Zénith de Paris in Paris France; Cher performed "Love on a Rooftop" and "You Make My Dreams".[14]
  • During her show at the Wembley Arena in London, England; Cher performed "Fires of Eden" in lieu of "Bye Bye Baby". During the same show, "Could've Been You" was included in the setlist.
  • During the North American leg, Cher performed "The Way of Love" in lieu of "Many Rivers to Cross". Additionally, a cover of Elvis Presley's "One Night" was performed at select dates in lieu of "Bye Bye Baby"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe
April 15, 1992 Berlin Germany Deutschlandhalle
April 20, 1992 Hamburg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
April 24, 1992 Paris France Zénith de Paris
May 1, 1992 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
May 3, 1992 Birmingham England NEC Arena
May 4, 1992
May 6, 1992 London Wembley Arena
May 7, 1992
May 9, 1992 Brussels Belgium Forest National
May 10, 1992 Düsseldorf Germany Philips Halle
May 11, 1992 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
May 14, 1992 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
May 16, 1992 Copenhagen Denmark Tivoli Concert Hall
May 18, 1992 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena
May 19, 1992 Gothenburg Scandinavium
May 27, 1992 Frankfurt Germany Music-Hall
North America[15]
October 23, 1992 Atlantic City United States Copa Room
October 24, 1992
October 25, 1992
October 27, 1992 New York City Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden
October 28, 1992
October 30, 1992
October 31, 1992
November 1, 1992
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
March 21, 1992 Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, Denmark Falcon Theatre This concert was postponed to May 16, 1992 and rescheduled to the Tivoli Concert Hall
March 23, 1992 Stockholm, Södermanland, Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena This concert was postponed to May 18, 1992
March 25, 1992 Gothenburg, Västergötland, Sweden Scandinavium This concert was postponed to May 19, 1992
March 26, 1992 Oslo, Norway Oslo Spektrum Cancelled[16]
March 28, 1992 Brussels, Belgium Forest National This concert was postponed to May 9, 1992
March 30, 1992 Vienna, Wien, Austria Wiener Stadthalle Cancelled[16]
April 1, 1992 Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany Festhalle Frankfurt This concert was postponed to May 11, 1992
April 2, 1992 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Köln Sporthalle Cancelled[16]
April 3, 1992 Munich, Bavaria, Germany Olympiahalle Cancelled[16]
April 5, 1992 Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Maimarkthalle Cancelled[16]
April 7, 1992 Bern, Kanton Bern, Switzerland Festhalle Bern Cancelled[16]
April 9, 1992 Paris, Île-de-France, France Zénith de Paris This concert was postponed to April 24, 1992
April 12, 1992 Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Philips Halle This concert was postponed to May 10, 1992
April 15, 1992 Berlin, Germany Deutschlandhalle This concert was postponed to April 15, 1992
April 16, 1992 Hamburg, Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle This concert was postponed to April 20, 1992
April 18, 1992 Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam Cancelled[16]
April 21, 1992 Belfast, Northern Ireland King's Hall Cancelled[16]
April 22, 1992 Dublin, Ireland Point Theatre Cancelled[16]
April 30, 1992 Glasgow, Scotland Scotland Exhibition and Conference Centre Cancelled[16]
May 27–31, 1992 New York City, New York Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden These concerts were postponed to May 30–31 and June 4–6, 1992,[17] then later postponed again to October 27–31, November 1, 1992
October 18–20, 25-27, 1992 Atlantic City, New Jersey Copa Room These concerts were postponed to October 23–25, 1992[18]

Personnel[edit]

Production
  • Tour Manager: Bill Sammeth
  • Producer: Richard Wechsler[19]
  • Executive Producer: David Kelly[19]
  • Stage Designer: Jeremy Railton[19]
  • Lighting Design: Live Light INC.[20]
  • Cher's Personal Trainer: Angela Best[21]
  • Costumes Designer: Bob Mackie and Maggie Barry[22]
  • Musical Direction & Choreographer: Doriana Sanchez[23]
Band

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