“Here We Go Again”: The Cher Tour Hits Brooklyn and New Jersey

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cher profile with microphone circa 1970s

Pop perennial and Oscar winner Cher brings her Here We Go Again tour to NYC with stops at the Barclays Center and Prudential Center Thursday and Friday.

Those who say there are only two things in life that are inevitable — death and taxes — never counted on Cher. Born Cherilyn Sarkisian on May 20, 1946, the singer has weathered it all. She was a part of the flower power ’60s. A made-for-Vegas TV variety show made her and then-husband Sonny Bono household names. She then had a short-lived and tabloid-ready marriage to blues rocker Gregg Allman.

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Through it all, Cher continued to be a presence in the Top 40. She had a string of gooey delights in the early ’70s, including “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “Dark Lady” and “Half-Breed.” She later had a disco hit — “Take Me Home” that featured her scantily clad on the cover of the record dressed as a futuristic Viking.

And that was only the first chapter. After divorcing Bono, Cher became a regular at Studio 54 and then launched her first of many reinventions. In 1982, she appeared in a play called Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean that wowed critics and audiences alike. She quickly did a film version, then embarked on a movie career with solid performances in Mask and Silkwood.

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By 1987, Cher was as well known for her film work as she’d ever been as a pop star. In 1987, she appeared in Moonstruck and walked away with an Academy Award for Best Actress. The next year, she was back on the pop charts again — as well as straddling the barrel of a 16″ destroyer gun. The image of Cher in fishnet a Vampira-inspired thong and motorcycle jacket in her Turn Back Time” video? So iconic that drag queens still adopt that look because it telegraphs Cher.

Since then, there’s been yet another reinvention with the auto-tune classics “Believe” and “Song for the Lonely.” She had a huge “moment” on Will & Grace when Jack McFarland mistook her for a Cher impersonator, done residencies in Vegas, and of course inspired the Broadway hit, The Cher Show.

Her first farewell tour began 15 years ago. Now on the heels of her role in Mamma Mia 2, the Here We Go Again tour has her appearing live for the first time in five years. Expected nothing but hits. Paired with them: selections from her Dancing Queen album, in which ABBA gets Cherified.

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Last modified: April 30, 2019