Cher's recently completed farewell tour is easily the top-grossing trek ever for a female artist, and one of the more successful concert treks of all time.
Cher's recently completed farewell tour is easily the top-grossing trek ever for a female artist, and one of the more successful concert treks of all time. The tour wrapped at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on April 29-30, with two sell-out nights grossing $2.8 million.
Over the course of 280 shows in North America, Cher played to 2,880,726 fans, and grossed $194,683,927. More impressively, she played to 92% of capacity and realized 90% of her gross potential on the road.
Brad Wavra, touring VP at Clear Channel Entertainment, promoted every North American show on the tour. "No other female artist has ever come close to what she did," he tells Billboard.biz. "Not Madonna, not Bette Midler, not Janet, not Whitney, not Tina, because she outworked them all."
With European concerts (promoted by Barrie Marshall) and Australian shows (promoted by Michael Coppell) included, Cher played a total of 325 dates, grossing well over $200 million.
Wavra is quick to point out that, despite its length, this was one complete tour. "She might have taken a month or two off physically, but she was always on sale," he says. "It was the same show, the same production, the same crew, everything."