Cher’s long goodbye

  • By Victor Balta / Herald Writer
  • Thursday, January 20, 2005 9:00pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

The third score in Everett’s diva hat trick comes Wednesday night when Cher brings her high-energy, wardrobe-functioning, never-ending farewell tour to town.

With Bette Midler and Dolly Parton closing out 2004 at the Everett Events Center, Cher gets the new year started with her now-infamous tour that is scheduled to end in April after postponed dates are made up in Connecticut and New Jersey.

Fewer than 500 tickets were available earlier this week for the 8 p.m. Wednesday show that will be opened by the Village People, arena officials said. Floor seats are sold out.

In her 35th year as a performer, few acts have seen the myriad twists and turns that the 58-year-old Cher has. From her early years singing side-by-side with husband Sonny Bono, to Broadway, to the big screen, to finding a new niche in pop music with a catchy dance hit, Cher has run the gamut in show biz.

Cherilyn Sarkasian LaPier became a session vocalist for Phil Spector in 1963 and met Bono, her future husband.

Sonny &Cher hit the Top 10 with 10 singles and became one of the most successful and recognizable duos of the 1960s and early ’70s.

She’d also begun making her own name, though, recording Bob Dylan’s “All I Want to Do” in 1965, “Bang Bang” in 1966 and the No. 1 hits, “Gypsies, Tramps &Thieves,” “Half Breed” and “Dark Lady.”

Cher headed to Broadway in 1982 in “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” and later starred in the film version of the show, launching a decade of movie acting that put music on the back burner.

She was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role in 1983’s “Silkwood,” won a best actress Oscar for “Moonstruck” in 1987, and starred in several other feature films.

Cher returned to music in 1987 and recorded three albums that fared well, including the release of the hit single “If I Could Turn Back Time” in 1989.

She stepped out of the spotlight for most of the 1990s and launched workout videos, perfume, skin-care products and furniture lines.

Her dance hit “Believe” kicked off a resurgence when it hit No. 1 in several countries in 1998 and it continues to spin regularly in dance clubs and department stores alike. It became her most successful single in more than three decades.

In June 2002, she kicked off a farewell tour that continues today, now self-deprecatingly dubbed “The Farewell ‘Never Say Goodbye’ Tour.”

Reporter Victor Balta: 425-339-3455 or

Cher performs Wednesday at Everett Events Center.


With the Village People: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Everett Events Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett; $57.75, $82.75, 866-332-8499.


With the Village People: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Everett Events Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett; $57.75, $82.75, 866-332-8499.

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