Cher: The Icon

Cher was the star guest on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night. Towards the end of the show, the three singer-actresses who play her in the Broadway show "Cher" came on with her for a talking segment. After the commercial break, the three actresses were on stage singing "If I Could Turn Back Time." At one minute and 2 seconds in, Cher joined them.

After another commercial, the lead Cher actress was on stage singing "You Got Me Babe" with the Cher show cast member who plays Sonny(he is absolutely adorable.) About 1 minute and 3 seconds into the song, Cher comes out, dressed in an almost identicial outfit as the actress just singing and continues the duet with Sonny.

When Cher belted out the line "I got you to understand", I got chills up and down my arms that stayed for the rest of the song. It was just like watching them in 1965. Her voice remains incredibly strong and she is great physical shape -- even her skin has never looked better. [More...]

Here are Cher and the three actresses joyously singing "If I Could Turn Back Time".

Cher is 72 years old. She is embarking on a new U.S. tour this week, which ends with five nights in Las Vegas on September 1. After three weeks off in September, she heads to Europe where she will tour from Sept. 26 to November 3, before taking two weeks off and then on November 19, hitting the road again for the rest of her U.S. tour. On November 25, she be at Denver's Pepsi Center. Tickets for Denver are available now here.

This praise is not because Cher is the best singer in the world -- there are certainly rivals on that score -- but because she has been such an enduring icon over the past 50 years. I think her only living rivals are Tina Turner and Diana Ross. Grace Slick and Joni Mitchell also come to mind, but they have been out of the public eye for decades. Cher is the only one still touring at age 72 -- in a solo show, no less. (Although Stevie Nicks, also an icon but to a lesser extent, who turns 70 this year, is catching up.)

< Friday Open Thread | Barr's Presser and Release of Mueller Report >
  • The Online Magazine with Liberal coverage of crime-related political and injustice news

  • Contribute To TalkLeft

  • Display: Sort:
    I have always loved Cher. (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Chuck0 on Wed Apr 17, 2019 at 08:46:36 AM EST
    When the Sonny and Cher show was on TV, I thought Cher was the hottest women on the planet. I have three Cher albums on my work computer alongside Black Sabbath, Wishbone Ash and Frank Zappa.

    She was good in the movie Mask as well as Silkwood and Moonstruck. Oh yeah. And Mermaids.

    Unrelated Cher story (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Repack Rider on Wed Apr 17, 2019 at 09:48:04 PM EST
    I was the roadie for the Sons of Champlin for 42 years.  In 1976 we toured with the Average White Band.

    The original drummer for AWB had famously died of an overdose, after snorting heroin at a Hollywood party, thinking it was cocaine.

    Hamish Stewart, the front man and singer for AWB told us that Cher saved his life, because he had also snorted the H, and she recognized what was going on. She got him to his feet and walked him around, which apparently is a counter measure to a heroin OD.

    In any event, he was adamant that Cher saved his life.

    I can just see her doing that (none / 0) (#16)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Apr 19, 2019 at 10:33:08 PM EST
    she has very big soul. I only met her once at a New Years party she and Chevie Chase and Paul Simon were hosting at a local restuarant, but she was very nice. Another time I got to meet Sonny when a friend and I decided to crash his weddint to Susie Cuelo. It was a beauiful wedding and party but it was so cold and we had to walk through what seemed like miles of snow --it felt like we were extras on a Dr. Zhivago scene trying to reach the palace. At least we finally made it and were welcomed in and met some fun people.

    I left out that the party was in Aspen. (none / 0) (#17)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Apr 19, 2019 at 10:33:54 PM EST
    And don't forget (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 16, 2019 at 05:22:40 PM EST
    a helluva actor

    In 1969 I wanted to be Cher.  Or Mrs Peel.

    He has a better voice (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 16, 2019 at 05:35:59 PM EST
    Than Sonny ever had.  Not so much the girl.

    Diana Rigg, as Mrs. Emma Peel (none / 0) (#6)
    by Peter G on Tue Apr 16, 2019 at 07:37:38 PM EST
    in the 1960s version of The Avengers, was my biggest crush in high school.

    Yes (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 16, 2019 at 08:04:30 PM EST
    But she remains my crush as the Queen of Thorns Olenna Tyrell

    And in Masterpiece Theatre's "Victoria" (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Peter G on Tue Apr 16, 2019 at 08:20:02 PM EST
    as the young queen's lady-in-waiting and adviser. I had forgotten that she also premiered two of Tom Stoppard's great plays of the 1970s.

    Tell Cersei (none / 0) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 16, 2019 at 08:09:30 PM EST
    RIP Olenna (none / 0) (#18)
    by ruffian on Sat Apr 20, 2019 at 05:06:11 PM EST
    At least you won't become a white walker!

    Back to Cher though, I adore her too. One of the first albums I ever bought myself was one of her first solo albums -the one with her hair covering her face on the cover. It is a great album - I should buy it on digital!


    I really expected (none / 0) (#19)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Apr 20, 2019 at 05:09:20 PM EST

    I would love to (none / 0) (#3)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Apr 16, 2019 at 06:23:13 PM EST
    see Cher on Broadway. My those clips are wonderful but I've long been a Cher fan going back to the days of the Sonny and Cher Show and I was in 6th grade and I and family members would watch their show every time it was on TV.

    I love Cher (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 16, 2019 at 06:59:55 PM EST
    But I'm pretty sure I wouldn't see that show

    I've seen way better drag versions of Cher, voice and all, than any of those women.

    They definitely should have gotten drag queens to do it.


    That was mostly a joke (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 16, 2019 at 07:23:01 PM EST

    Although I really did not think they were that good.  They might have seemed better if Cher had not been on stage with them

    Just my opinion.


    Cher had a house in Aspen (none / 0) (#11)
    by fishcamp on Wed Apr 17, 2019 at 09:01:04 AM EST
    and was a friend for several years.  She had some fantastic dinner parties.

    No Cher (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by KeysDan on Wed Apr 17, 2019 at 09:23:58 AM EST
    but beautiful photography of the Keys. Recommend the film noir (of a sort) Netflix series "Bloodline".  The series is set in Islamorada.

    Fish, will you (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Zorba on Wed Apr 17, 2019 at 10:22:35 AM EST
    for pity's sake write your memoir???

    My buddy is a contractor (none / 0) (#14)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed Apr 17, 2019 at 02:09:08 PM EST
    and has done several biggish jobs on her Malibu home over the decades. He says she is pretty demanding but he would be too, for that property.