Volume XXVIII Issue 4 September 12, 2002

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  Cher bids fans farewell in Greensboro
Jason Chick - Reporter

Lights, theatrics and Cher.

"Whatever," Cher said to a sold-out audience Saturday night at the Greensboro Coliseum. "I have been an evil diva for 40 years."

As the pop queen announced her retirement, the crowd booed her decision. But her final concert, "Living Proof," was a testament to her performing abilities and evolving styles.

More of a musical than a concert, the "Cher Show," as she deemed it, opened with the diva in a ringmasterís uniform, whip and all, hailing her audience. With a snap of her wrist, the show sprang into motion.

Though she recently released a new CD, the tour only included one song from the album, "Song for the Lonely."

The farewell tour focused on reminiscing about Cherís past. Film clips included shots from "The Sonny and Cher Show," vignettes from her film credits and music videos such as "Half-Breed." While the clips rolled, Cher provided audiences with commentary.

She performed popular hits, including "Bang Bang," "If I Could Turn Back Time," "Jessie James," "The Shoop Shoop Song," "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves," "I Found Someone," "We All Sleep Alone," "Strong Enough" and "All or Nothing."

A spectacular farewell to a deserving diva, the tour left the audience dancing and a little teary-eyed. But for those who saw Cherís previous tour, "Believe," they were let down.

The "Farewell" tour mimicked "Believe" song-for-song and act-for-act. Variations of the stage design and costumes were evident, but for an artist who has a new album out, the concert was a disappointment.

Saturdayís concert culminated with the song "Believe," the exact song that she closed her pervious tour with. At least at the end of that tour, she had the courtesy to thank her fans. The "Farewell" tour came to a close as the floor lights snapped on as soon as the last note of the song was over. Cher never emerged to bow or say thank you to her Triad fans one final time.

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