Johanna Workman, Deseret Morning News
Cher's new show is essentially the same as her 2002 performance.

Remember when Cher came to town back in August 2002, making what was billed as her final concert appearance in Utah during her farewell tour? She was just kidding.

The seemingly unstoppable diva returns to the Delta Center Monday, the latest stop on her seemingly unending farewell tour — an event that has now stretched into its third year.

Not that her fans mind. When she said 29 months ago that it would be her final appearance in Salt Lake City, boos were heard around the Delta Center. "Give me a friggin' break," Cher responded. "I've been an evil friggin' diva for 40 friggin' years."

It only seems like this tour has been going on for 40 years. And, much to her credit, even Cher has a sense of humor about it. Titled the "Living Proof" tour during her last trip to Utah, it's now known as the "Never Can Say Goodbye Tour."

Fans won't necessarily be surprised. There have been some modifications, but this is essentially the same act Cher brought to town the last time. It's a spectacular that the folks in in Las Vegas wish they could emulate — a mix of Cher singing her biggest hits on an elaborate set. Cher wearing Cher-ish costumes, Cher accompanied by a troupe of dancers and Cirque du Soleil-ish acrobats, and a video-screen retrospective of her remarkable, four decades-plus career.

Heck, if you want to know what you're getting, go out and buy the "Cher: The Farewell Tour" DVD, which went on sale in 2002, the same year it aired as an NBC TV special. "This is the best show I ever have done," Cher told TV critics at the time. "I don't want to do something less than this."

Of course, seeing Cher on DVD and seeing her live are two entirely different experiences. And, despite her success on television and in the movies — including her Oscar-winning performance in "Moonstruck" — nothing compares to seeing her live.

And this really is going to be her last stop in Utah.

Probably.

Maybe.

"It's like I said 'Farewell' but I didn't say when. It keeps extending and extending. I'm not kidding, I think I've played the Chicago area five times," Cher said — in 2003.


If you go

Who: Cher, the Village People

When: Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Delta Center

How much: $39.75-$79.95

Phone: 325-7328


E-mail: [email protected]