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.......A gracious and energetic
performer, Cher delivered the goods flawlessly with a wide breadth of emotion,
enthusiasm and sincerity in her Saturday night concert at the San Jose Arena..
Her performance was that of a true diva, including 17 songs, seven outfits,
five set changes, dazzling light and dance sequences, acrobatics and a
multimedia montage of sound and video clips highlighting her 36-year music and
film career. None of this, of course, is any surprise. In fact, it's expected
of a pop icon like Cher. But shining through all that glitter and flash came
her most impressive attributes: an unwavering voice, a die-hard spirit and a
presence on stage that screams, "I'm still here!" Cher strutted on
stage in an outfit best described as a mix of medieval court fashion and
..........Her opening number, a cover of the U2
hit, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," gave the sense
that this 53-year-old artist has the desire for another incarnation or two.
"I need you to be who you are tonight," she said as the lights raised
and she took stock of the audience. Having acquired a new group of fans with
each reinvention, Cher's audience was a vast mix of age and lifestyle. "If
I could give just one message to the young people here tonight, I'd say that
you can possibly make anything out of your life. Whatever you want to do, you
can." And you have to wonder if those were the same words of inspiration
she offers her designers when it comes time to put together her wardrobe.
Cher's outfits are a stunning combination of glitter, spandex, fringe,
headdresses and wigs that show unlimited imagination. All of which were
reaffirmed by her music.
........Selections from the "Believe"
album included "All or Nothing," "The Power," "We All
Sleep Alone," "Dove L'amore" and "Strong Enough." Add
to that "Take Me Home," "Walk-in' in Memphis," "The
Shoop Shoop Song," and "If I Could Turn Back Time." A seemingly
bittersweet, yet comic, video segment of the Sonny and Cher days preceded the
evening's '70s offerings. The psychedelic set boasted a two-story blow-up lava
lamp and groovy lights. Attired in an elegant and simple full-length sequined
gown, Cher delivered hits "The Way of Love," "half-breed,"
"Gypsy" and "Dark Lady." The final video set highlighted
her film career, including her Oscar-nominated role in "Silkwood,"
and her Oscar-winning performance in "Moonstruck" and was the perfect
segue to "After All," the 1989 hit duet she sang with Peter Cetera.
Her No. 1 hit of 1999, "Believe" wrapped up the evening in grand
fashion complete with silver disco-ball outfits, acrobats swinging from the
ceiling and dancers filling every possible level of the stage.
.........Opening act Lou Bega hosted a
talented band. Surrounded by a septet of dancers, he knocked out eight tunes,
including his best-selling hit "Mambo No. 5."
By Randy Cohen
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