Cher’s Dressed to Kill Tour is on track to become of the most successful treks of 2014, according to Billboard Boxscore.
The diva’s tour has grossed a reported $54.9 million through the end of its first leg on July 11. A total of 610,812 attendees went to the 49 shows — all of which were sell-outs.
The show is on a break until Sept. 11, when its second leg launches in Albany, New York at the Times Union Center. The show will get some extra glitter from Emmy Award-winning fashion designer Bob Mackie, who will provide new costumes for Cher. (The pair have collaborated for decades, but he couldn’t design outfits for the first leg of the new tour due to time constraints.)
The Dressed to Kill Tour is Cher’s first tour since her lengthy Living Proof Farewell Tour, which played 325 shows around the globe from 2002 through 2005.
Billboard was on hand at multiple shows throughout the new tour’s first leg, including its recent stop at Staples Center in Los Angeles on July 7. The icon was in fine form, belting out familiar hits like “If I Could Turn Back Time,” “Believe” and “I Got You Babe,” while mixing in new material from her most recent album, “Closer to the Truth.”
Among the highlights in the show are a campy vampiric take on her new album’s “Dressed to Kill,” where she slinks around the stage before sinking her teeth into dancer Joe Slaughter. Also crowd-pleasing is her medley of her three No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits from the 1970s: “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” “Dark Lady” and “Half-Breed.” The show ends with Cher literally flying above the crowd, singing her top 20 Adult Contemporary chart hit, “I Hope You Find It.”
A special note should also be made of Cher’s exceptionally bendy aerialists Sagiv Ben Binyamin and Maximiliano Torandell, not to mention her strong backing vocalists Stacy Campbell and Nikki Tillman.
The Dressed to Kill Tour is promoted by Marshall Arts USA and saw its (so far) largest gross earned by a May 25 visit to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas ($1.75 million). The most-attended show, through the July 11 engagement, was its May 10 concert at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where 14,893 attendees were in the house.