Cher in Concert

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Cher in Concert
Tour by Cher
Associated albumTake Me Home
Start dateJuly 9, 1979 (1979-07-09)
End dateDecember 6, 1981 (1981-12-06)
No. of shows16 in North America
3 in Europe
5 in Australia
24 Total
Cher concert chronology

The Cher in Concert also known as The Take Me Home Tour was the first solo concert tour by American singer-actress 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.


The show featured three backing singers, six dancers, three drag queens as Bette Midler, CHER, 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". Russell Elliott opened the show as The one and only CHER

Set list[edit]

  1. Intro
  2. "Ain't Nobody's Business" (performed by Cher as "Laverne")
  3. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"
  4. "Fire"[2]
  5. "Easy To Be Hard"
  6. "The Way of Love"
  7. Medley
    1. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (performed by J.C. Gaynor and Cher)
    2. "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" (performed by Kenny Sacha)
    3. "Friends" (Kenny Sacha, J.C. Gaynor and Cher)
  8. "Medley
    1. "Jailhouse Rock"
    2. "Dream Lover"
    3. "Great Balls Of Fire"
    4. "Rockin' Robin"
    5. "Johnny B. Goode"
    6. "Dedicated to the One I Love"
    7. "Hand Jive"
    8. "Honky Tonk Women"
    9. "Old Time Rock and Roll"
  9. "Take It to the Limit"
  10. Interlude
  11. "Take Me Home"
  12. "Takin' It to the Streets"
  13. "Ain't Got No Money"

Tour dates[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 14, 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
May 10, 1980 Monte Carlo Monaco Salle des Étoiles
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
November 26, 1981 Sydney Australia Capitol 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]

A Celebration at Caesars Palace
Residency by Cher
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Poster for shows in Las Vegas
Associated albumTake Me Home
Start dateAugust 16, 1979 (1979-08-16)
End dateAugust 11, 1982 (1982-08-11)
No. of shows125

A Celebration at Caesars Palace was the first concert residency by Cher. 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.

Set list[edit]

  1. "Intro"
  2. "Could I Be Dreaming"
  3. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"
  4. "You Make My Dreams"
  5. "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" (performed by Cher as "Laverne")
  6. "Those Shoes"
  7. "Out Here On My Own"
  8. "Take It to the Limit"
  9. "Medley"
    • "I'm Coming Out" (performed by J.C. Gaynor)
    • "In the Mood" (performed by Kenny Sacha)
    • "Friends" (Kenny Sacha, J.C. Gaynor and Cher)
  10. Medley: "Lookin' for Love" (including an instrumental introduction "Devil Went Down to Georgia") / "When Will I Be Loved"
  11. "More Than You Know"
  12. "Fame"

Residency dates[edit]





Broadcasts and recordings[edit]

  • "Live in Montecarlo"
  • "The Monte Carlo Show – 1980 "[3]"
  • "A Celebration at Caesars Palace"


  • 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
  • Kenny Sacha as Bette Midler
  • Russel Elliot as Cher (in the interlude)
  • J.C. Gaynor as Diana Ross
  • Costumes Designed: Bob Mackie
  • Wardrobe: Alan Trugman
  • Wardrobe: Debbie Paull
  • Wigs: Renata
  • Saxophone: Warren Ham
  • Drums: Gary Ferguson
  • Guitarist: Ron "Rocket" Ritchotte
  • Ken Rarick
  • Bob Parr


  1. ^ "Cher brings her act to town". The Age. 1981-11-24.
  2. ^ Cher singing "Fire" in her 1980 concert in Monte-Carto: Video on YouTube
  3. ^ "The Monte carlo Show 1980". Archived from the original on 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2011-01-03.

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