Cher shot to fame as part of the folk rock duet Sonny and Cher in 1965. Distinguished by her distinctive contralto, Cher has also become known for her dramatic chops – and, of course, her daring fashion statements ranging from the absolutely outrageous to the subtle and sublime.
Today, as one of the best-selling musical talents of all time, she has sold over 100 million solo albums. She has also sold over 40 million tracks as Sonny & Cher around the globe. She is also the only artist to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in each of the past six decades; and as a result, has also become known as the The Goddess of Pop.
Now, at age 67, Cher is planning to take off on her first road trip since her 2005 Farewell Tour. Her latest effort, called Dressed to Kill, is in support of her just-released 26th album Closer to the Truth, and named after one of its new songs.
The 49-city trek hits 35 states. It kicks off at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona on March 22 and wraps at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California on July 11, 2014.
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Following Phoenix, Cher performs in Houston, Dallas, North Little Rock, Tulsa, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., Uncasville, Toronto, Boston, Indianapolis, Detroit, Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa, Philly, Columbus, Cleveland, Charlotte, Raleigh, Brooklyn, and East Rutherford.
Next are concerts in Atlanta, Jacksonville, Orlando, Sunrise, Las Vegas, Denver, Lincoln, Kansas city, Louisville, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Rosemont, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Jose, Ontario, Los Angeles and Anaheim before wrapping in San Diego.
After becoming popular in 1965, Cher became a solo artist with million-selling singles such as “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),” “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” and “Half-Breed” – songs with daring, even controversial lyrics, that dealt with subjects rarely addressed in American popular music.
In the 1970s, she became a TV star with popular shows The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and Cher. After she and Sonny divorced in 1975, Cher experimented with various musical styles, including disco and new wave, before scoring as a successful live act in Las Vegas.
In the early 1980s, Cher made her Broadway debut and starred in the film Silkwood, earning her an Academy Award nod for Best Supporting Actress in 1983. Next, she starred in films such as Mask, The Witches of Eastwick and Moonstruck, for which she won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1988. She made her directing debut in the 1996 film If These Walls Could Talk.
At the same time, she established herself as a rock singer with platinum albums such as Heart of Stone in 1989, and hit singles like “I Found Someone” and “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Over the last two decades, Cher continued to try new musical styles, including R&B and dance. She hit a new high in 1998 with “Believe,” which featured the pioneering use of Auto-Tune, now known as the “Cher effect.”
Cher’s last outing, The Farewell Tour, renamed The Never Can Say Goodbye Tour before its long run ended, played a record-breaking 325 dates for 5.5 million fans. In 2008, she signed a $60 million per-year deal to headline at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for three years. (Source: usatoday.com 9/23/13)
Cher has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival, among numerous other honors. Her other ventures have included fashion designing, writing books and managing the film production company Isis.
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