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'Proof' Positive

Cher winds down her neverending farewell tour. When she wraps on Halloween in Toronto, she'll have played 200 dates over 16 months

Do you believe that Cher's farewell tour will ever come to a close? The "Living Proof" tour really is winding down, her camp tells the Hollywood Reporter, and will have its final show on Halloween night (the one night a year Cher is not overdressed) in Toronto, where the tour began in June 2002.

The Oct. 31 Sky Dome concert will be a disco-themed affair, with opening acts the Village People, Thelma Houston, and Sister Sledge. It will mark the 200th date on the tour, which will have played for 2.2. million fans and grossed $150 million, putting the ageless diva in the same financial ballpark as this year's champion road warriors, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The tour even won Cher two Emmys this week, for costumes (natch) and technical direction, for the top-rated NBC special drawn from her Miami concerts last November.

Cher has extended the tour's end date several times, and she would have done so again, had attempts to book winter dates overseas come to fruition. In fact, there's still a chance she could do so, Clear Channel Entertainment's tour vice president Brad Wavra tells the Reporter. ''She's extremely proud of the show and would love to bring it to the rest of the world at some point,'' he says. As it stands, however, he says, "We're playing Toronto, and we're going home. This will absolutely be the last concert in North America.''

Originally posted Sep 17, 2003
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