TVD Live Shots: Cher
with Nile Rodgers
and Chic at the United Center, 11/27

Living legend Cher wowed the crowd at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday, November 27th. Nile Rodgers and Chic opened the show, performing the classics “I Want Your Love,” “Good Times,” and “Le Freak,” while also throwing in some Nile Rodgers collaborations like Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” and David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.” They thoroughly got the crowd warmed up for Cher.

Multi-million record selling artist Cher has lit up the entertainment industry since the 1960s, and she’s still performing at the same caliber, if not higher, as the peak of her career. Cher started off her set by floating above her immaculate stage on a flying gold platform, belting out the uplifting lyrics to the first single from her twenty-fifth studio album, Woman’s World. Surrounded by immensely talented dancers for all of her upbeat tracks, Cher’s vocals and moves kept up the whole set, making it impossible to believe that this powerhouse entertainer turned 73 this year.

Throughout the night Cher took little breaks to interact with the crowd, telling stories of different moments in her career. After a video interlude of her time with Sonny Bono and a performance of “The Beat Goes On,” Cher told the crowd that she had been going back and forth on whether she wanted to include the next song in her set or not, saying that maybe she’ll “just wait until [her] next farewell tour,” however following up with the sentiment, “Bitch, you’re 500, just do it!” This transitioned into a heartfelt rendition of “I Got You Babe,” complete with a large video projection of Sonny singing the duet along with her.

The highlight of the night came during the middle of the set, when Cher returned to the stage donning the iconic blonde wig she wore in Mamma Mia 2, singing a few select tracks from her recent album of ABBA covers Dancing Queen. Everyone in the audience stood up from their seats and danced along to “Fernando,” the track Cher sang exclusively for the movie.

As the set started to get closer to the end, Cher did another quick outfit change and wowed the crowd as she wore the same outfit that appeared in the video for her 1989 single “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Once again, the crowd was up on their feet dancing along to every beat of the rock inspired “I Found Someone” and “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Cher exited the stage, but the crowd was not done with her just yet. After a minute of chanting her name, the backup dancers came back on stage for a quick dance break before Cher reentered the stage for an encore performance of her number one single “Believe.” Fans were dancing in the aisles, loudly singing back every word that Cher sang.

The “Here We Go Again” tour continues throughout the United States until May 2020.

NILE RODGERS AND CHIC

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