Here We Go Again, Cher!

Cher – Rogers Arena – May 30, 2019

The Goddess of Pop, Cher, brought her “Here We Go Again” tour to Vancouver.

Rogers Arena was abuzz with excitement as Nile Rogers and Chic, legends in their own right, took the stage in support. With a songbook covering a wide range of genres, decades and artists, Nile Rogers and Chic were a perfect pairing with Cher, and the perfect openers to get the party started.

After a short break, filled with more upbeat disco tunes and a chance to see the audience’s stellar styles, filled with sequin, boas and glitz. Even more style was on display as the curtain fell to reveal a montage, of Cher through the ages; from early hippy days with Sonny, the glam of Bob Mackie gowns for TV, Academy Award recognized roles, over the top Vegas and concert tour costumes. As though descending from the heavens, the Goddess of Pop appeared, as expected, in another magnificent costume and wig, from that moment on it was this Woman’s World, and we were invited to witness another extravaganza concert.

Closing off the North American leg of the “Here We Go Again” tour, the tour moved along like a finely choreographed work. A multi-media show always had something happening, even when the icon wasn’t onstage. Dancers, video, trapeze artists, and a stellar band, all kept the 90+ minute show on point. Even though it’s been 14 years, two tours and two Las Vegas residencies since her “Farewell Tour” the 73 year old finds boundless energy to keep entertaining. In her sixth decade of performing Cher has perfected her showomanship and the ability to create a magnificent spectacle. There are no half measures in a Cher show, it’s All or Nothing.

The “Here We Go Again” tour is in support of her latest album of Abba covers, and features Waterloo, SOS and Fernando, reminiscent of the Mamma Mia movie set that inspired the album. This tour also featured her biggest hits, from I Got You Babe, sung with Sonny Bono on video, to If I Could Turn Back Time, to Believe. The setlist kept the demographically diverse audience on their feet, and in (or out of) tune throughout the evening. As with all spectacular shows, After All is sang and done it must, all, come to an end, leaving the audience wanting more. Thankfully Cher will sooner or later return to the stage to Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! another over-the-top tour.

Janet Jackson brings the State Of The World to Vancouver

Janet Jackson – Rogers Arena – September 26, 2017

Janet Jackson brought her State Of The World concert tour to Rogers Arena in Vancouver this week.  Vancouver has a special connection with Miss Jackson, being the rehearsal spot the All For You Tour, and starting arena for her Rock Witchu and Unbreakable Tours.  An enthusiastic audience cheered the voice-over social commentary before the R&B legend made her appearance, followed by her troupe of dancers, to give us The Knowledge and State of the World to open the set.

From then on, it was two+ hours of hits, and memories, keeping most of the audience on their feet for the evening.  Just as her albums have shown an evolution and provided Miss Jackson with a platform to make her own statement on the state of the world, this tour performance was broken into segments that reflected the divas decades long career.  The new mom worked at a great clip powering through vocals and dancing mash-ups of her early hits including; Nasty, What Have You Done For Me Lately, Miss You Much, Alright, Control, Escapade, and more.  A costume change brought some of her softer ballads, and some slight sound issues, before kicking it back up for a crowd pleasing That’s The Way Love Goes and other legendary 90s hits before another costume change wraps up the show with If and Rhythm Nation.  Video vignettes showing career highlights as well as new imagery accented the stage set and served as a statement about the longevity of the Janet’s iconic career. 

The encore and final costume change saw a casually sexy Janet, fitted white shirt and jeans, come out to engage with the audience, introducing her band and dancers then leaving the audience satisfied but wanting the good times to continue. 


Janet Jackson’s State of the World Tour continues around North America for the remainder of 2017.


Madonna – Rebel Heart Tour in Vancouver

Madonna – Rogers Arena – October 14, 2015

Every time people try to deem her irrelevant, ‘past it’ or (gasp) too old, Madonna steps up and proves why she is the one who sets the standard.  Wednesday night, her Rebel Heart Tour touched down in Vancouver and the thousands of fans in Rogers Arena were treated to a spectacle that throws down the gauntlet for other performers to live up to.

For over two hours, the Material Girl presented a vision of her musical journey from opening with the brand new “Rebel Heart” track “Iconic” all the way back to the iconic single “Holiday” from her eponymous 1983 first album.  Whether is was watching the dramatic Matador-themed performance  of “Living For Love” turn into a Flamenco inspired “La Isla Bonita” the multi-faceted performer kept all eyes and ears on her throughout the show, unless she wanted them focused elsewhere.

From start to finish, the audience was at her command, the performance level never wavered, even during costume changes her cadre of dancers kept us enraptured with visual spectacles to Madonna backing tracks. Each act built upon the last, introducing new material while reeling us in with tastes and treats of singles from her vast catalogue.  Since she hasn’t played Vancouver until her more recent tours, there’s still plenty of fans seeing her for the first time, which adds to the high energy and excitement in the arena and for those returning fans, she doesn’t disappoint.

While many a pop princess has come and gone for over three decades, Madonna has reigned supreme and continues to create, innovate and evolve her talent.

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour continues down the West Coast of North American this month and around the world until next Spring.

Live At The Commodore – Book Launch

Elbow onstage at Commodore Ballroom

The Commodore Ballroom is Vancouver’s and perhaps one of Canada’s most treasured live music spaces.  Great sound, great sightlines and the famous sprung dancefloor have helped to keep fans flocking to the venerable venue.  Since 1929, the Commodore has hosted an amazing array of music greats like; Duke Ellington, Tina Turner, James Brown, U2, The Police, Pearl Jam, Oasis, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga but still leaving space for up and coming opening acts or those found in the PEAK Performance Project.

Lily Allen Plays The Commodore

In his new book, Live At The Commodore, Aaron Chapman presents an illustrated history of the legendary Granville Street music hall. On November 26th, Chapman will launch his book at the Commodore. The evening, hosted by CBC Radio 3 host, Grant Lawrence, will include history, readings, live music and the Vancouver Heritage Foundation will present the Commodore Ballroom with a “Places That Matter” plaque.  The plaques are a way to celebrate the people, places and events that make up the history of the city.

Live At The Commodore book launch takes place Wednesday November 26th, at 7pm.
Tickets are on sale now at