Capitol File - - BELIEVE! - by AN­DREA BEN­NETT pho­tog­ra­phy by AN­DREW MACPHER­SON

IT’S HARDLY AC­CU­RATE to say that Cher’s hav­ing a mo­ment—she’s been hav­ing them since 1965. The genre-bust­ing star’s ca­reer of hit songs, tele­vi­sion shows, block­buster films, and awards has in­cluded such mo­ments as ac­cept­ing her 1988 Os­car statue for Moon­struck in a nearly com­pletely sheer, black Bob Mackie gown, and her 1986 Os­cars out­fit—with mo­hawk head­dress made of 800 rooster feath­ers—that Mackie ad­mits he ques­tioned as “overkill.” (It is one of the most fa­mous en­sem­bles ever to have at­tended the Academy Awards.) She has taken a few farewell laps: Her 2002 Liv­ing Proof tour be­gan as a 59-date tour in North Amer­ica and mor­phed into 326 ap­pear­ances around the world; a three-year res­i­dency at the Colos­seum; and an­other farewell tour—Dressed to Kill—in 2014. The day we spoke, she’d just added 18 dates to her ex­tended Clas­sic Cher en­gage­ment at The Park The­ater at Monte Carlo and the new the­ater at MGM Na­tional Har­bor. And in March, the sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian opened her Na­tional Har­bor show by ask­ing the au­di­ence, “What’s your grand­mother do­ing tonight?” At this mo­ment, as she kicks off an­other string of shows at MGM Na­tional Har­bor, on Au­gust 31, Cher is say­ing farewell to no one.

Ob­vi­ously, you’re not call­ing this a farewell tour. What does it take to pull you out of qui­eter times?

I don’t know! Each time, I’ve hon­estly thought this was the end, be­cause you can only do it for so long. There’s a fi­nite time. And

As Cher re­turns to MGM Na­tional Har­bor with her smash Las Ve­gas show, we sat down with the liv­ing icon to talk about her ca­reer, the cos­tumes, and of course, life af­ter love.

who knows if any­one’s ever go­ing to want to come see you again? So you start it, but you have no idea what’s go­ing to hap­pen. I think it’s fun and that’s your main ob­jec­tive. I mean, you want to bring peo­ple to a place that brings them great joy and that re­minds them of a time in their life. And I’m al­ways sur­prised at how many young peo­ple come too, be­cause you don’t ex­pect that.

Do you still have the same ex­cite­ment when you go on stage?

You have to let your­self be free to en­joy it. I know what it’s like not to en­joy it, and it’s re­ally not fun, so if you give your­self per­mis­sion to have fun, then ev­ery­thing else falls into place. I’ve felt like I was be­ing held back [be­fore], and this place just al­lows me all the free­dom that I want.

You pre-dated any per­former we think of as edgy. Is there any­one con­tem­po­rary you think is push­ing bound­aries the way you were in the ’60s and ’70s?

Of course I do, but when I was do­ing it, I was the only one that was do­ing it, so it was a lit­tle bit harder. When I went on the boat and did “Turn Back Time” [on the bat­tle­ship USS Mis­souri in a fish­net body stock­ing sur­rounded by the ship’s crew], peo­ple freaked out, and it got taken off MTV, and peo­ple were shocked—and how could I? and what­ever. And now any­one can do any­thing. I was the first per­son ever to show their belly­but­ton on TV. Well, it doesn’t sound like much now, but it was a big deal then. So some-

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