Take Me Home Tour (Cher)

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Take Me Home Tour
A Celebration at Caesars Palace
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Poster for shows in Las Vegas
Tour by Cher
Associated album Take Me Home
Start date July 9, 1979 (1979-07-09)
End date August 11, 1982 (1982-08-11)
Legs 5
Shows 16 in North America
3 in Europe
5 in Australia
125 residency shows
149 Total
Cher concert chronology
Two the Hard Way Tour
(1977)
Take Me Home Tour
(1979-82)
Heart of Stone Tour
(1989-90)

The Take Me Home Tour was a concert tour by Cher. The tour's debut was at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas with a huge production and cast put together by Joe Layton, who did the same for Bette Midler's "Clams On A Half Shell" and Diana Ross previously. Cher opened her extravagant production on June 29, 1979.

The show then became Cher's first world concert tour as a solo artist. The tour reached North America, Europe and Australia. The concert was filmed in Monte Carlo on May 10, 1980 and broadcast on Showtime the following September and later taped in Las Vegas in 1981 at Caesars Palace for a broadcast in 1983.

Background[edit]

The show featured three backing singers, six dancers, two drag queens as Bette Midler and Diana Ross, a mechanical bull and twelve costume changes.

Cher described the show as "a bit Sonny & Cher-ish" a mixture of cabaret, disco and rock'n'roll.[1] With twelve changes of clothes, Cher wore no costume for more than eight minutes.

The concerts were based in part on her solo television shows The Cher Show, Cher... Special and Cher... and others Fantasies. During Cher's costume changes, drag performers Kenny Sacha, as Bette Midler and J.C. Gaynor as Diana Ross performed "In the Mood" and "I'm Coming Out" respectively. Cher joined them to end the show with a performance of "Friends".

Set list[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Cher Live[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
July 9, 1979 Atlantic City United States Resorts International Grand Ballroom
July 10, 1979
July 11, 1979
July 12, 1979
July 16, 1979 Washington, D.C. Kennedy Center Opera House
July 17, 1979
July 18, 1979 Los Angeles Universal Amphitheatre
July 19, 1979
July 21, 1979 Washington, D.C. Kennedy Center Opera House
July 22, 1979
Europe
May 10, 1980 Monte Carlo Monaco Salle des Etoiles
May 12, 1980 Paris France L'Olympia
May 14, 1980 London England Hammersmith Odeon
North America
June 5, 1981 Los Angeles United States Greek Theatre
June 6, 1981
June 7, 1981
June 8, 1981
July 13, 1981 Hoffman Estates Poplar Creek Music Theater
July 14, 1981
Australia
November 26, 1981 Sydney Australia Enmore Theatre
November 27, 1981
December 4, 1981 Melbourne Palais Theatre
December 5, 1981
December 6, 1981
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
July, 1981 Montreal, Canada Place des Arts Cancelled
September 5, 1981 Los Angeles, California Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre Cancelled

A Celebration at Caesars Palace[edit]

Shows were performed at the Circus Maximus Showroom at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Shows in September and October 1980 were performed at the Stateline Showroom at Caesars Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada.

1979[edit]

1980[edit]

1981[edit]

1982[edit]


Broadcasts and recordings[edit]

  • "Live in Montecarlo"
  • "The Monte Carlo Show - 1980 "[2]"
  • "A Celebration at Caesars Palace"

Personnel[edit]

  • Lead Vocals: Cher
  • Background Vocals: Michelle Aller
  • Background Vocals: Warren Ham
  • Background Vocals: Petsye Powell
  • Produced and Staged: Joe Layton
  • Musical Director: Gary Scott
  • Dancer: Wayne Bascomb
  • Dancer: Damita Jo Freeman
  • Dancer: Warren Lucas
  • Dancer: Mykal Perea
  • Dancer: Randy Wander
Impersonators
  • Kenny Sacha as Bette Midler
  • Russel Elliot as Cher (in the interlude)
  • J.C. Gaynor as Diana Ross
Costumes
  • Costumes Designed: Bob Mackie
  • Wardrobe: Alan Trugman
  • Wardrobe: Debbie Paull
  • Wigs: Renata
Band
  • Saxophone: Warren Ham
  • Drums: Gary Ferguson
  • Guitarist: Ron "Rocket" Ritchotte
  • Ken Rarick
  • Bob Parr

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cher brings her act to town". The Age. 1981-11-24. 
  2. ^ The Monte carlo Show 1980

External links[edit]