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Veteran vocalist Cher has decided to extend her final road trip with a third leg of performance dates that extend into May. The artist's Living Proof - The Farewell Tour kicked off in June and now strVeteran vocalist Cher has decided to extend her final road trip with a third leg of performance dates that extend into May. The artist's Living Proof - The Farewell Tour kicked off in June and now stretches to a May 3 show in Ottawa, Ontario.
The second 2002 leg of the run will last through a Dec. 19 stop in Spokane, Wash., and features Cyndi Lauper as a special guest. An opening act has not yet been announced for the 2003 leg, which is set to kick off Feb. 1 in Tucson, Ariz. Billboard previously reported the 54-date first leg of the tour, produced by Clear Channel Entertainment, grossed $44 million, while the second leg is expected to rake in $25 million-$30 million.
Fans who didn't get a chance to see the show live will have a special treat in February when NBC airs a two-hour primetime concert special filmed at Cher's Nov. 8 show in Miami. Warner Bros. will release a definitive greatest hits package to coincide with the broadcast, according to the artist's official Web site. The site also notes that the concert will be released on VHS/DVD next summer, and a batch of the old "Sonny & Cher" shows will also be released sometime in 2003.
As previously reported, Cher will take a brief break from her tour Monday night (Dec. 9) when she'll be in Las Vegas to accept the Artist Achievement award at the Billboard Music Awards. The award, which annually recognizes an artist who has helped redefine popular music with massive success on the Billboard charts, has previously been presented to the likes of Aerosmith, Garth Brooks, Madonna, and Eric Clapton.
Cher is on the road in support of "Living Proof." Released in February, the album debuted at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 453,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Here are Cher's upcoming tour dates:
Dec. 5: Anaheim, Calif. (Arrowhead Pond)
Dec. 7: Bakersfield, Calif. (Centennial Garden)
Dec. 8: Sacramento, Calif. (ARCO Arena)
Dec. 11: San Jose, Calif. (HP Pavilion at San Jose)
Dec. 13-14: Las Vegas (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
Dec. 16: Seattle (KeyArena at Seattle Center)
Dec. 18: Nampa, Idaho (Idaho Center)
Dec. 19: Spokane, Wash. (Spokane Arena)
Feb. 1: Tucson, Ariz. (Tucson Convention Center)
Feb. 2: El Paso, Texas (UTEP Don Haskins Center)
Feb. 4: Phoenix (America West Arena)
Feb. 5: Albuquerque, N.M. (Tingley Coliseum)
Feb. 7: Lubbock, Texas (United Spirit Arena)
Feb. 11: Tupelo, Miss. (Bancorp South Center)
Feb. 13: Tallahassee, Fla. (Leon County Civic Center)
March 6: Lafayette, La. (Cajundome)
March 8: Mobile, Ala. (Mobile Civic Center)
March 9: Jackson, Miss. (Mississippi Coliseum)
March 11: Huntsville, Ala. (Von Braun Civic Center)
March 13: Oklahoma City, Ok. (Ford Center)
May 2: Worcester, Mass. (Centrum)
May 3: Ottawa, Ontario (Corel Centre)