Cher being worshipped and adored
Cher being worshipped and adored
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Cher is one of those rare artists that can get away with having just one name. That’s because she’s truly larger than life. If you wisely decide to see Cher on July 7 at Staples Center with 2 Kill Tour, you should realize there are many different Chers, from multiple eras.

There is the Cher of Sonny & Cher that sang the female part of the duet, “I Got You Babe”, and also starred in the popular network TV show. This was the woman that towered over the diminutive Sonny Bono and joked about her husband to make national TV audiences giggle.

However, Cher had also created a solo presence from early on, and started releasing solo singles in the mid-60s. Some of her first singles included relationship songs, like “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”, and story songs, exemplified by “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” and “Half-Breed”.

In the '80s, Cher established herself as not just a singer that could act, but as a legitimately great actress. She starred in the nuclear energy-oriented drama "Silkwood", for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting actress. She also won praise for her roles in "Mask" and "The Witches of Eastwick". She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for "Moonstruck" in 1988. Furthermore, Cher carved out a role behind the camera by making her directorial debut with the film "If These Walls Could Talk" in 1996.

Although Cher made a name for herself as a beloved actress, she never stopped making music. Spanning the 1990s and 2000s, Cher took artistic risks by experimenting with various dance music styles. In 1998, she scored a hit with the song “Believe”, which featured the (new at the time) Auto-Tune that was known in some circles as the “Cher effect.”

If there’s one truism concerning professional musicians, it’s that they never permanently retire. Case in point was Cher’s Living Proof: The Farewell Tour, which ran from 2002 to 2005. It made her a ton of money, and proved that she had a large audience that really wanted to see her live. After that tour, she was contracted to headline the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for $60 million per-year for three years. Well, so much for retirement, right?

Tickets are still available for this upcoming Cher concert, and as an added bonus, 80s icon Cyndi Lauper is the opening act. And you can just bet these two girls (Cher and Cyndi) just want to have fun -- and will have fun this night.

One big requirement for staying power in the music business is the ability to reinvent oneself. Cher, who’s gone from the wifely duet partner with Sonny Bono, to the fashionable dance diva she is today, is certainly one that has learned this lesson well. When you go see Cher, you’re seeing a true pop culture icon.