Two the Hard Way Tour

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Two the Hard Way Tour
Tour by Cher and Gregg Allman
Associated albumTwo the Hard Way
Start dateJune 29, 1977
End dateDecember 10, 1977
Legs3
No. of shows22
Cher concert chronology
  • The Sonny & Cher Show Tour
    (1977)
  • Two the Hard Way Tour
    (1977-78)
  • Cher in Concert
    (1979-82)

The Two The Hard Way Tour (also known as Allman and Woman Tour) was a concert tour by the American singer-actress Cher and the American singer Gregg Allman, designed to promote their joint Two the Hard Way album.[1][2] Because of the album's commercial failure, the dates of the tour in the United States were very limited, although there were more dates in Japan, Oceania and Europe.

History[edit]

At the time of the tour, Cher had just finished production of The Sonny & Cher Show after a broken six-year run. Allman's band, The Allman Brothers Band, was in the middle of an acrimonious break up.

The European leg of the tour covered the Netherlands, Belgium, France, UK and West Germany, over a period of 29 days.[2] The tour started on November 6, 1977, and was to be a 29 date tour, but on December 3, 1977, Cher left the tour and left Allman in Europe while she returned to the United States with her children. Two nights in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth were planned but never went through.[3]

The pair were backed by an eight-piece band. The show, whose material was selected by both of them, combined Allman's material, which he sang solo, and numerous duets between the two on softer material in a blues or country and western vein. Cher avoided the gaudy, over-the-top outfits of her normal stage self, and instead wore jeans, a tank top and a cowboy hat.[4] They also engaged in some married-couple stage banter,[4] although not to the Sonny and Cher level.

In November 1977, following their opening show in Brussels, Belgium, Allman said that he had had some concerns about the endeavor. "It's the first time ever we've given concerts together. We wondered a lot about how it would work out. For one thing, we didn't know if we'd be accepted." Cher said, "It's different, but not that different, and I also find it real easy to sing this type of music,"[4] sentiments she had said before the tour as well. "We sound like we've been singing together for a long time."[2]

Allman did not want this tour's road expenses to mount up, as they had for the last Allman Brothers Band tour.[2] However, this tour too lost money from the start.[1] The Hard Way Tour also led to the final break up of the couple. While pre-tour publicity had emphasized that Allman was free from drug and alcohol problems,[2] Cher discovered during it that his drinking had returned and, once the tour was complete, she told him that their marriage was finally over.[1]

Partial set list[edit]

The set list included:

  1. "Matthew's Arrival"
  2. "Trouble No More"
  3. "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'"
  4. "Queen of Hearts"
  5. "Let This Be a Lesson to Ya"
  6. "Sweet Feelin'"
  7. "One More Try"
  8. "Oncoming Traffic"
  9. "Come and Go Blues"
  10. "Bring It On Back"
  11. "Leave My Blues at Home"
  12. "Whipping Post"
  13. "Move Me" (with Cher)
  14. "Do What You Gotta Do" (with Cher)
  15. "Midnight Rider"

Also included in the setlist at various stages of the tour:

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Opening act
Asia
June 29, 1977 Tokyo Japan Nippon Budokan
June 30, 1977 Nagoya Nagoya-shi Koukaidou
July 1, 1977 Osaka Osaka Kousei Nenkin Kaikan
July 5, 1977
July 6, 1977
July 7, 1977 Kyoto Kyoto Kaikan
July 8, 1977 Tokyo NHK 101 Studio [5]
Europe
November 6, 1977 Rotterdam Netherlands De Doelen
November 9, 1977 Brussels Belgium Theatre 140
November 11, 1977 Paris France Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Splinter[6]
November 14, 1977 Liverpool United Kingdom Liverpool Empire Theatre
November 17, 1977 Cardiff Cardiff University Splinter
November 19, 1977 Birmingham Birmingham Hippodrome
November 20, 1977 Glasgow The Apollo
November 22, 1977 Manchester Manchester Apollo
November 24, 1977 London Rainbow
November 28, 1977 Berlin Germany Hochschule der Künste
November 29, 1977 Hamburg Musikhalle
November 30, 1977 Frankfurt Stadthalle Offenbach
December 3, 1977 Düsseldorf Philipshalle
December 4, 1977 Cologne Messehalle 8
North America
December 10, 1977[7] Lowell United States Lowell Memorial Auditorium

Cancelled shows[edit]

Date City Country Venue
July 10, 1977 Sydney Australia Hordern Pavilion

Personnel[edit]

  • Gregg Allman - organ and vocals
  • Cher - vocals
  • Neil Larsen - piano
  • Ricky Hirsch - guitar
  • John Hug - guitar
  • Kenny Burke - bass guitar
  • Bill Stewart - drums
  • Gene Dinwiddie - saxophone

Broadcasts and recordings[edit]

Concerts were only recorded in Oceania and Japan. Video or photographic records of these concerts are very hard to come by, but in early 2008, three low quality videos emerged on YouTube from the Japanese concerts. Cher is in only one video, but in Japan she also sings "You've Really Got a Hold On Me".

The couple were guests on the UK television show The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1977 to promote the album and tour, clips of which can be seen in the documentaries Still Cher and A&E Biography. In October 2021, Cher released high quality videos of several live performances from The Old Grey Whistle Test on her YouTube channel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Quirk, Lawrence J. (1991). Totally Uninhibited: The Life and Wild Times of Cher. William Morrow and Company. ISBN 0-688-09822-3. p. 118.
  2. ^ a b c d e Dangaard, Colin (November 25, 1977). "Interview of Cher and Gregg Allman". Abilene Reporter.
  3. ^ ?? Sydney Morning Herald June 16, 1977 page 13
  4. ^ a b c Gruber, Ruth (November 16, 1977). "Gregg and Cher are singing together". United Press International.
  5. ^ "The Gregg Allman Band Setlist at NHK 101 Studio, Tokyo". setlist.fm.
  6. ^ On the internet and in online markets it is easy to find old tour posters which promoted the tour, which are a good source for dates and venues of the tour.
  7. ^ "Dec 10, 1977: Gregg Allman / Cher at Lowell Memorial Auditorium Lowell, Massachusetts, United States | Concert Archives".