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Cher Delivers Classic Hits, Outrageous Costumes, at Dazzling 'Dressed to Kill' Tour Opener

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Cher performs onstage during her 'Dressed To Kill' tour opener at US Airways Center on March 22, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona

The legendary singer kicked off her 49-date North American run in Phoenix last night

Two hours before Cher was scheduled to hit the US Airways Center stage in Phoenix, AZ to kick off her "final" farewell tour, the 67-year-old multi-hyphenate entertainer said she was backstage sobbing.

Three songs into her March 22 concert, the first of her 49-date North American 'Dressed to Kill' tour, Cher broke into a monologue where she confessed that some of her costumes didn't fit right, that she couldn't remember the words to two of her songs, and that she broke the nail on her middle finger.

"Tonight you're going to see the show warts and all -- but it'll be the first," she said.

And while it wasn't without its imperfections, Cher still managed to pull off a spectacular opening-night show in front of a sold-out, multi-generational crowd that adored her every word and move. The occasional vocal miscues (a side effect of opening-night jitters, perhaps) were easily forgiven, as they brought the concert an endearing level of realism that is sometimes lacking in super-synchronized, big-production arena concerts.

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"I know it's cool to have a big ol' ass booty," Cher said before adding, "[Mine is] not that bad for my age. Kim Kardashian probably has a photo album of her ass."

Cher brandished her self-deprecating humor throughout the show, making cracks about her own insecurities and her age.

"If I fall on my ass, my shoes are slippery tonight. It's not me," she said. "It's not drugs or drinking, as everybody on Twitter accuses me of... I'm kind of amazed anyone showed up. I thought, 'Jesus Christ, they're out there. What are they? Crazy?'"

During costume changes, Cher kept the audience entertained with video clips from her films, and footage of her alongside her late, former husband Sonny Bono. During a particularly heart-wrenching moment, Bono appeared on stage, via a giant video screen, during a duet of "I Got You Babe," which proved to be one of the show's most poignant moments.

Also treating the audience to a collection of classic hits were show openers Pat Benatar and Neil "Spyder" Giraldo, who took the stage around 8:30 p.m. Celebrating their 35th year in music, Benatar and Giraldo were entertaining in their own right, cranking out hit after hit for about an hour, much to the delight of the crowd.

But Cher -- who jokingly called herself the "weak link of the evening" -- was clearly worth the price of admission all by herself. The only time her enthusiastic fans showed even a sliver of disappointment was when Cher told them this truly was the last time she'd hit the road -- a statement that was met with a chorus of boos.

"I swear to God, this is my farewell, farewell tour," she said. "I'll be my mother if I do another concert."

Set List:

"Woman's World"
"Strong Enough"
"Dressed to Kill"
"The Beat Goes On"
"I Got You Babe"
"Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves"
"Dark Lady"
"Half Breed"
"Welcome to Burlesque"
"You Haven't Seen the Last of Me"
"Take It Like a Man"
"Walking in Memphis"
"Just Like Jesse James"
"Heart of Stone"
"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"
"Bang-Bang"
"I Found Someone"
"If I Could Turn Back Time"
"Believe"
"I Hope You Find It"