Love Hurts Tour
The Love Hurts Tour was the third solo concert tour by American singer-actress Cher. The tour supported her twenty first studio album, Love Hurts. The tour reached Europe and North America. It played in arenas and followed the previous sold-out Heart of Stone Tour.
|Tour by Cher|
Tour program booklet
|Associated album||Love Hurts|
|Start date||October 25, 1991|
|End date||November 1, 1992|
|No. of shows||16 in Europe|
27 in North America
|Cher concert chronology|
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" at Top of the Pops – considered as a tour preview, Cher performed six shows as a tour preview at the Sands Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 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. 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."
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.
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. 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.
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".
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.
In Sands Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City – New Jersey, shows the customs had changes were less skimpy clothes than was being used on tour. The opening songs Cher used a basic model, “Love and Understanding” had changed wig, “The Shoop Shoop Song” was dates in which she used the smooth wig (like the cover of the album “Love Hurts”) and the wig Video Clip “Save Up All Your Tears”. She used clothes 80's show in Las Vegas (Caesar's Palace show from 1981 to 1982) to new song.
- "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
- "Bye Bye Baby"
- "We All Sleep Alone"
- "I Found Someone"
- "Love and Understanding"
- "Save Up All Your Tears"
- "After All" (performed with Paul Mirkovich)
- "Many Rivers to Cross"
- "Just Like Jesse James"
- "Love Is a Battlefield"
- "If I Could Turn Back Time"
|Date||City||Country||Venue||Tickets sold / available||Revenue|
|October 25, 1991||Atlantic City||United States||Sands Hotel||N/A||N/A|
|October 26, 1991|
|October 27, 1991|
|November 1, 1991|
|November 2, 1991|
|November 3, 1991|
|February 27, 1992||Las Vegas||Siegfried & Roy Theatre|
|February 28, 1992|
|February 29, 1992|
|March 1, 1992|
|March 2, 1992|
|March 3, 1992|
|March 12, 1992|
|April 15, 1992||Berlin||Germany||Deutschlandhalle||N/A||N/A|
|April 20, 1992||Hamburg||Alsterdorfer Sporthalle|
|April 24, 1992||Paris||France||Zénith de Paris|
|May 1, 1992||Glasgow||United Kingdom||Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre|
|May 3, 1992||Birmingham||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||Zürich||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|
|June 11, 1992||Las Vegas||United States||Siegfried & Roy Theatre||N/A||N/A|
|June 12, 1992|
|June 13, 1992|
|June 14, 1992|
|June 15, 1992|
|June 16, 1992|
|October 23, 1992||Atlantic City||Copa Room|
|October 24, 1992|
|October 25, 1992|
|October 27, 1992||New York City||Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden||26,040 / 26,995||$1.068,078|
|October 28, 1992|
|October 30, 1992|
|October 31, 1992|
|November 1, 1992|
- Cancellations and rescheduled shows
|April 5, 1992||New York, United States||Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden||Cancelled|
|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|
|March 28, 1992||Brussels, Belgium||Forest National||This concert was postponed to May 9, 1992|
|March 30, 1992||Vienna, Wien, Austria||Wiener Stadthalle||Cancelled|
|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|
|April 3, 1992||Munich, Bavaria, Germany||Olympiahalle||Cancelled|
|April 5, 1992||Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany||Maimarkthalle||Cancelled|
|April 7, 1992||Bern, Kanton Bern, Switzerland||Festhalle Bern||Cancelled|
|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||Rotterdam Ahoy||Cancelled|
|April 21, 1992||Belfast, Northern Ireland||King's Hall||Cancelled|
|April 22, 1992||Dublin, Ireland||Point Theatre||Cancelled|
|April 30, 1992||Glasgow, Scotland||Scotland Exhibition and Conference Centre||Cancelled|
|May 27–31, 1992||New York City||Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Garden||These concerts were postponed to May 30–31 and June 4–6, 1992, 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|
- Tour Manager: Bill Sammeth / Charlie Stuart Gay
- Producer: Richard Wechsler
- Executive Producer: David Kelly
- Stage Designer: Jeremy Railton
- Lighting Design: Live Light INC.
- Cher's Personal Trainer: Angela Best
- Costumes Designer: Bob Mackie and Maggie Barry
- Musical Direction & Choreographer: Doriana Sanchez
- Guitar: Dave Amato
- Drums: Ron Wikso
- Keyboards: Paul Mirkovich and Dave Vanacore and Scott Gorham
- Keyboard Technician in Atlantic City: Peter Wiltz
- Background vocals: Patty Darcy Jones
- Supporting Vocals: Dava Amata and Paul Mirkovich
- Dancer: Bubba Carr, Aaron Cash, Michelle Rudy Mirkovich, and Trish Ramish
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