Cher and her 50 years of hits at KeyArena on Saturday

  • By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014 4:38pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Years ago, a comic quipped that after a nuclear holocaust, all that would be left would be cockroaches and Cher.

It’s starting to look like that might be true.

The durable pop icon is back on the road again, supporting her 2013 album, “Closer to the Truth,” which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. She’ll bring her Dressed to Kill tour — abbreviated in publicity as D2K — to KeyArena at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Really, part of the reason Cher seems as old as she does is because she became famous young. Plenty of older stars are still on tour. But not all, like the 68-year-old Cher, were scoring huge hits nearly 50 years ago, in 1965, when Sonny and Cher, that famed pop duo, started cranking out singles.

Since the 1960s, Cher has never really gone away. In the 1970s, she had three No. 1 albums. In the 1980s, she won an Oscar for her part in “Moonstruck.” In the 1990s, she finally won a Grammy, her first, for the dance song “Believe.”

And now, she’s just Cher, doing her thing. She’ll be supported at her Seattle date by opener Cyndi Lauper.

Tickets are $61.11 to $179.48 at or 800-745-3000.

The White River Amphitheatre in Auburn will host two other enduring acts, as Kiss and Def Leppard share a bill at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Kiss is riding high this year. The theatrical stadium rockers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. They also scored a long cover story in Rolling Stone, detailing the group’s ups and downs, from hit singles like “Rock ‘N’ Roll All Nite” to that unfortunate stretch in the 1980s when they ditched their signature make-up.

Def Leppard, meanwhile, remains a favorite thanks to its own back catalogue of 1980s hits, including “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Photograph.”

Tickets are $43 to $171.50 at or 800-745-3000.

The Vans Warped Tour also will hit the White River Amphitheatre in the week ahead, bringing dozens of punk bands to the venue at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Less than Jake, The Devil Wears Prada and Saves the Day are some of the bigger names playing the Washington date, along with 85 other scheduled acts.

Tickets are $23.50 to $58.50 at or 800-745-3000.

The Gorge Amphitheatre, meanwhile, will hold a different kind of multi-band festival this weekend.

The Paradiso Festival brings together some of electronica’s biggest names for a two-day run Friday and Saturday. The show features Bassnectar, Above &Beyond, Zedd and Krewella.

Two-day passes are $207 at or 800-745-3000.

Closer to home, neo-soul singer John Legend will headline the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Touring now behind his hit 2013 album “Love in the Future,” Legend has made a name for himself as a soulful singer and pianist.

An early protégé of Kanye West, Legend has balanced his penchant for romance with more politically minded outings, like 2010’s collaboration with the Roots, “Wake Up!”

Tickets are $46.50 to $106.40 at or 800-745-3000.

The Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery also will bring Steve Winwood to its grounds the following night, for a show at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Winwood — who, it’s worth noting, is a contemporary of Cher’s — began his recording career in the 1960s, when his soulful voice hid the fact that he was just a teenager.

Though he had won plenty of critical respect, true commercial success eluded him for years. Then he hit it big in the 1980s, when his single “Higher Love” became a Grammy-winning chart-topper. More hits followed in the 1980s, including “Roll With It,” another No. 1 hit.

Tickets are $51.15 to $75.20 at or 800-745-3000.

Finally, Nick Cave &the Bad Seeds will play the Paramount Theatre at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The critically adored rock act is known for blending punk, gospel, goth and blues on its dark opuses. The group is touring now behind “Push the Sky Away,” another literate and moody outing.

Tickets are $51.25 at or 877-784-4849.

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