'Believe' It: Cher Ending Tour Oct. 31
She's set the date and says she's sticking to it: Cher will finally end her long-running Living Proof farewell tour on Halloween night, and she'll do it in Toronto -- the same city where the tour begaShe's set the date and says she's sticking to it: Cher will finally end her long-running Living Proof farewell tour on Halloween night, and she'll do it in Toronto -- the same city where the tour began in June 2002.
"We were trying to end it in a meaningful way," says Brad Wavra, VP of touring at Clear Channel Entertainment. "We're ending where we began -- full circle."
The Oct. 31 show, slated for the Sky Tent within Toronto's Sky Dome, will be a disco-themed evening, featuring guest appearances from the Village People, Thelma Houston and Sister Sledge. It will be Cher's 200th date, putting the total North American numbers at 2.2 million fans and about $150 million gross -- among the biggest moneymakers of the past several years, Wavra says.
In November, camera crews captured two Miami performances, which became a highly rated NBC concert special that was nominated for six Emmys. The show won early Emmys for costumes and technical direction during the Creative Arts ceremony last Saturday.
The Oscar-winning singer/actress had initially hoped to keep touring for several more months. But plans to bring the tour overseas in November and December -- or perhaps in the spring -- did not work out because of routing and timing.
"She's extremely proud of the show and would love to bring it to the rest of the world at some point," Wavra says, leaving the possibility open. But as for now, he says, "We're playing Toronto, and we're going home. This will absolutely be the last concert in North America."