Heart of Stone Tour

Heart of Stone Tour

Infobox concert tour
concert_tour_name = Heart of Stone Tour


image_caption =
artist = Cher
album = "Heart of Stone"
start_date = March 31, 1990
end_date = March 13, 1991
number_of_legs = 2
number_of_shows = 29 in North America
5 in Europe
7 in Oceania
2 in Mexico
43 in Total
last_tour = The Black Rose Show
(1981)
this_tour = Heart of Stone Tour
(1989)
next_tour = Love Hurts Tour
(1992)
The Heart of Stone Tour, is arguably Cher's first tour as a solo artist. The tour began in late 1989 and ended in the first half of 1991. The tour was also set to promote Cher's multi-platinum album, "Heart of Stone". Heart of stone tour is gross 70 million $.

Set list

# "Intro" (Cher in any decades)
# "I'm No Angel"
# "Hold On"
# "We All Sleep Alone"
# "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"
# "I Found Someone"
# "Perfection"
# "Tougher Than The Rest"
# "After All"
# "If I Could Turn Back Time"
# "Many Rivers to Cross"
# "Fire Down Below"
# "Takin' It To The Streets"

Also included in setlist at various stages
* "Take It To The Limit"
* "Desperado"
* "I'll Be There For You"
* "Love Hurts"
* "Heart of Stone"

Personnel

*Lead Vocals: Cher
*Background Vocals: Darlene Love
*Background Vocals: Patti Darcy Jones
*Background Vocals: Edna Wright
*Costumes Designed: Bob Mackie
*Keyboards: Paul Mirkovich
*Guitars: Elijah Allman, Dave Amato and David Shelley
*Bass: Hugh McDonald
*Drums: Ron Wikso
*Dancer: Bubba Carr
*Dancer: Aaron Cash
*Dancer: Bill Holden
*Dancer: Jr. Trish Ramish
*Dancer: Michelle Rudy
*Dancer: Peter Tramm
*Dancer: Eyan Williams

Tour Dates

The tour had been scheduled to open March 18 in Tucson, but the date was changed when the flu threw Cher off her rehearsal schedule. Cher finally kicked off the North American leg of the tour in Dallas on March 31st 1990. The tour ran through to August 1990 which was then briefly proceeded by November dates Australia and Europe.Cher sang in eight shows during a six-night engagement at the 1'500 theatre of The Mirage.

North American Tour Dates

Recorded Dates

Only a few dates during this tour were recorded and kept. The shows that we know were definitely recorded are:

Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, FL, USA Cher's 1990 Pensacola, Florida date was one of the concerts recorded as told by Cher herself on the 2005 release of the Mirage Special. During this concert, Cher's microphone does not work during the opening. There is no known copy of this concert in circulation and the only footage available is on the Mirage concert DVD. It is under the title of blooper in the bonus features and features only the concert intro and snippet of 'I'm No Angel'.

Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV, USA Cher's two concerts at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV were filmed as part of Cher's CBS special to be shown on television. These shows saw some of Cher's more conservative alternatives to her mainstream tour outfits, somewhat more suitable for a TV audience. Cher's outfit for 'If I Could Turn Back Time' is notably different as is Cher's opening outfit which seems more formal interpretation of the original. The stage shape was also altered for these shows, with runways forming two audience pits which joined at the centre.The TV Special was aired February 4th, 1991.

Jones Beach Amphitheater, Wantagh, NY, USA This concert was filmed to be used in part with the 'Prime Time Live' Cher Tour special. The show featured interviews with Cher and backstage rehearsal footage. The program then cut live to the concert where 'If I Could Turn Back Time' was performed. There are copies in circulation of this uncut concert but nothing commercial. It is reasonably difficult to obtain a copy other than from fan trades etc. The show features less songs than Cher's Mirage Special, but does include the original tour outfits.

Melbourne Tennis Center, Melbourne, Australia This concert was broadcast live via satellite to Australia's Sky Channel members. The concert was shown in its entirety and uncut form, only once on television. Little is known about this show other than it features extra performances of Desperado and Love Hurts.

Dallas, TX, USA Footage from this concert was shown during the April 3rd 1990 episode of Entertainment Tonight. They labelled the tour as "Cher Tour 1990" and the Dallas show as opening night. The show also showed backstage rehearsals the night before the opening..

Other Recordings Other shows that haven't been identified were recorded on the tour which were used primarily for promotional use on programs such as Entertainment Tonight and Prime Time Live. The same footage shown on Prime Time Live has also been included as bonus features for some of the songs on the Mirage DVD release. The tour footage of the bonus songs on the Mirage DVD shows a different backing singer to any other footage.

Rehearsal Footage

During the promotion of the tour, many television programs such as Entertainment Tonight went backstage showing the construction and rehearsal of the set. There is a fair amount of rehearsal footage considering the little amount of the tour that was filmed.Rehearsal footage is available as a second angle option in the 2005 release of her Mirage concert. The show was filmed on Cher's personal video camera in front of a small non-paying audience. The show at this stage is only in its development stages and the footage is used by Cher as a "work tape" for her to see where she can improve.During certain songs such as "I Found Someone" and "Takin' It to the Streets" in the original VHS and DVD releases, shots of Cher rehearsing for her Mirage shows were shown in black and white. Due to the fact the shots were shown over the concert, the original audio is not available although it does show Cher rehearsing her dance moves for the end track.In 1990 Prime Time Live did a special about Cher's upcoming tour. As well as showing clips from the tour and a satellite performance from the concert that night, footage of Cher rehearsing was also shown. It's not clear which show she was actually in sound check for, but during the rehearsal she requested the overall level of the band to be reduced.Footage from the Dallas, TX rehearsals was shown with an Entertainment Tonight report on Cher's tour. It showed Cher practising her dance steps for her closing number and also miscues during the runthrough.The US TV show "After Hours" also showed rehearsal footage of songs such as "After All", "Hold On" and "I'll Be There For You" during an interview promoting the tour. The shots were possibly taken for her Atlantic City show as Cher mentions that that is where she is when being interview although this is not certain.

References

* [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CEFD8153FF937A35751C0A967958260] The NY Times Review


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