REVIEW: Cher turns back time to entertain packed house at RAC Arena

Cher entertained the audience at RAC Arena as part of her Here We Go Again Tour. Pictures: Kelly Pilgrim-Byrnes.
Cher entertained the audience at RAC Arena as part of her Here We Go Again Tour. Pictures: Kelly Pilgrim-Byrnes.

At 72 Cher proved age ain’t nothing but a number, turning back time and entertaining a packed audience as part of her Here We Go Again Tour at RAC Arena on Friday night.

Playing to sold out arenas across the country, it was Perth’s turn celebrate the icon in all her glory (and 11 costume changes).

Opening with Women’s World and Strong Enough it was a visual feast with eye-catching costumes and Roman dancers taking to the stage.

A quick costume change saw the diva return on top of an elephant as part of Gayatri Mantra in a performance that could have come straight out of Aladdin.

Choosing from a catalogue of songs spanning more that 60 years, the Academy Award winner treated the audience to Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves, Half Breed, The Beat Goes On and a touching rendition of duet I Got You Babe with former husband Sonny.

But it wasn’t all razza mattazz – the singer engaged with the audience and shared stories of her time performing with Sonny at dinner nights where people hated their act.

She also talked about how Hollywood producer George Miller thought she was too old for her role in Witches of Eastwick.

Having already covered the ’50s, Arabian, African, circus and American Indian themes in about 30 minutes, it was time for costume change number six – a burlesque theme.

Dressed in a black velvet body suit tuxedo, as only Cher could, she sashayed across the incredible set, belting out Welcome to Burlesque.

Fresh off the back of her Mama Mia Here We Go Again appearance, the ageless pop star paid tribute to ABBA and got the crowd on their feet dancing to Waterloo, SOS and crowd favourite Fernando, before sneaking off for yet, another costume change.

Returning as an angel, she belted out After All before changing into a black jumpsuit to pay tribute to king of rock and roll Elvis Presley – with a gorgeous rendition of Walking in Memphis and The Shoop Song.

With the concert almost over, Cher delivered what the audience had waited all night for and belted out If I Could Turn Back Time in the famous sheer body suit and it was as if time had most certainly stood still.

Jumping up and down and running across the stage, the ageless diva had the audience eating out of the palm of her hands and did not look like she had just performed for 90 minutes.

But she wasn’t done yet, finishing off the concert with Believe in a futuristic setting and dance spectacle.

Showcasing costume number 11, a red wig, tiara and beaded, shear sparkly dress, she delivered her best vocal performance of the night and the crowd lapped it up.

Having last toured Australia 13 years ago, it’s hard to say whether we will see the iconic diva tour the country again, but only Cher could make us believe in life after Cher.