Cher in Concert

Cher in Concert, also known as the Take Me Home Tour,[1] 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.

Cher in Concert
Tour by Cher
Associated albumTake Me Home
Start dateJuly 9, 1979 (1979-07-09)
End dateDecember 6, 1981 (1981-12-06)
Legs7
No. of shows18 in North America
5 in Europe
4 in South Africa
5 in Australia
32 Total
Cher concert chronology

The show then became Cher's first world concert tour as a solo artist. The tour reached North America, Europe, South Africa and Australia. The concert was filmed in Monte Carlo on May 10, 1980 and broadcast on HBO the following September and later taped in Las Vegas in 1981 at Caesars Palace for a broadcast on Showtime on April 21, 1983.

BackgroundEdit

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.[2] 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 Cher.

Set listEdit

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

Tour datesEdit

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
July 23, 1979 Toronto Canada O'Keefe Centre
Europe
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
Europe
July 31, 1981 Monte Carlo Monaco Salle des Étoiles
August 1, 1981
Africa
August 6, 1981 Bophuthatswana South Africa Sun City Hotel
August 7, 1981
August 8, 1981
August 9, 1981
Australia
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
Framingham, Massachusetts Chateau de Ville Cancelled

A Celebration at Caesars PalaceEdit

A Celebration at Caesars Palace
Residency by Cher
 
Poster for shows in Las Vegas
Associated albumTake Me Home
Start dateAugust 16, 1979 (1979-08-16)
End dateAugust 11, 1982 (1982-08-11)
Legs4
No. of shows201

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 (show time were 9:00 pm and 12:30 pm). Shows from September 25 to October 2, 1980 were performed at the Stateline Showroom at Caesars Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada.

Set listEdit

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

Residency datesEdit

1979Edit

Date City Venue
Leg 1 - 1979 [4]
August 16, 1979 Las Vegas Circus Maximus
August 17, 1979
August 18, 1979
August 19, 1979
August 20, 1979
August 21, 1979
August 22, 1979
August 31, 1979
October 29, 1979 Stateline Sahara Tahoe
October 30, 1979
October 31, 1979
November 1, 1979
November 2, 1979
November 3, 1979
November 4, 1979
November 5, 1979
November 6, 1979
November 7, 1979
November 8, 1979
November 9, 1979
November 10, 1979
November 11, 1979
November 15, 1979 Las Vegas Circus Maximus
November 16, 1979
November 17, 1979
November 18, 1979
November 19, 1979
November 20, 1979
November 21, 1979
November 22, 1979
November 23, 1979
November 24, 1979
November 25, 1979
November 26, 1979
November 27, 1979
November 28, 1979

1980Edit

Date City Venue
Leg 2 - 1980 [5][6]
January 10, 1980 Las Vegas Circus Maximus
January 11, 1980
January 12, 1980
January 13, 1980
January 14, 1980
January 15, 1980
January 16, 1980
April 6, 1980
April 7, 1980
April 8, 1980
April 9, 1980
April 10, 1980
April 11, 1980
April 12, 1980
April 13, 1980
April 14, 1980
April 15, 1980
April 16, 1980
June 5, 1980
June 6, 1980
June 7, 1980
June 8, 1980
June 10, 1980
June 11, 1980
June 19, 1980
June 20, 1980
June 21, 1980
June 22, 1980
June 24, 1980
June 25, 1980
July 3, 1980
July 4, 1980
July 5, 1980
July 6, 1980
July 8, 1980
July 9, 1980
August 28, 1980
August 29, 1980
August 30, 1980
August 31, 1980
September 2, 1980 Stateline Caesars Tahoe
September 3, 1980
September 11, 1980 Las Vegas Circus Maximus
September 12, 1980
September 13, 1980
September 14, 1980
September 16, 1980
September 17, 1980
September 25, 1980 Stateline Caesars Tahoe
September 26, 1980
September 27, 1980
September 28, 1980
September 29, 1980
September 30, 1980
October 1, 1980
October 2, 1980
November 6, 1980 Las Vegas Circus Maximus
November 7, 1980
November 8, 1980
November 9, 1980
November 11, 1980
November 12, 1980

1981Edit

Date City Venue
Leg 3 - 1981 [7]
January 22, 1981 Las Vegas Circus Maximus
January 23, 1981
January 24, 1981
January 25, 1981
January 27, 1981
January 28, 1981
February 5, 1981
February 6, 1981
February 7, 1981
February 8, 1981
February 9, 1981
February 10, 1981
February 11, 1981
May 28, 1981
May 29, 1981
May 30, 1981
May 31, 1981
June 1, 1981
June 2, 1981
June 3, 1981
June 18, 1981
June 19, 1981
June 20, 1981
June 21, 1981
June 22, 1981
June 23, 1981
June 24, 1981
June 25, 1981
June 26, 1981
June 27, 1981
June 28, 1981
June 29, 1981
June 30, 1981
July 1, 1981
July 8, 1981
July 9, 1981
July 10, 1981
July 11, 1981
July 12, 1981
July 13, 1981
July 14, 1981
July 16, 1981 Stateline Caesars Tahoe
July 17, 1981
July 18, 1981
July 19, 1981
July 20, 1981
July 21, 1981
July 22, 1981
August 17, 1981 Atlantic City Resorts International
August 18, 1981
August 19, 1981
August 20, 1981
August 21, 1981
August 22, 1981
August 27, 1981 Las Vegas Circus Maximus
August 28, 1981
August 29, 1981
August 30, 1981
August 31, 1981
September 1, 1981
September 2, 1981
September 10, 1981
September 11, 1981
September 12, 1981
September 13, 1981
September 14, 1981
September 15, 1981
September 16, 1981
October 22, 1981
October 23, 1981
October 24, 1981
October 25, 1981
October 26, 1981
October 27, 1981
October 28, 1981
November 12, 1981
November 13, 1981
November 14, 1981
November 15, 1981
November 16, 1981
November 17, 1981
November 18, 1981

1982Edit

Date City Venue
Leg 4 - 1982 [8]
March 11, 1982 Las Vegas Circus Maximus
March 12, 1982
March 13, 1982
March 14, 1982
March 15, 1982
March 16, 1982
March 17, 1982
July 1, 1982
July 2, 1982
July 3, 1982
July 4, 1982
July 5, 1982
July 6, 1982
July 7, 1982
July 8, 1982
July 9, 1982
July 10, 1982
July 11, 1982
July 12, 1982
July 13, 1982
July 14, 1982
July 29, 1982
July 30, 1982
July 31, 1982
August 1, 1982
August 2, 1982
August 3, 1982
August 4, 1982
August 5, 1982
August 6, 1982
August 7, 1982
August 8, 1982
August 9, 1982
August 10, 1982
August 11, 1982

Broadcasts and recordingsEdit

PersonnelEdit

  • 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
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

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Cher brings her act to town". The Age. 1981-11-24.
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  11. ^ https://www.gettyimages.com.br/detail/foto-jornal%C3%ADstica/the-titillating-tigress-of-talent-cher-will-take-the-foto-jornal%C3%ADstica/515560464 "The titillating tigress of talent, Cher, will take the spotlight of the first episode of The Monte Carlo Show. Hosted by Patrick Wayne, the new star-studded variety series debuts over syndicate television the week of September 14."
  12. ^ "STANDING ROOM ONLY CHER IN CONERT, Cher, aired February 8, 1981, HBO courtesy Everett Collection HBO Cou". January 1980.
  13. ^ "The Minneapolis Star from Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 12, 1981 · Page 113".
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