Hee hee – ok – this is a silly little mini-post but I thought well, I had heard of Air Miles so this would be Cher Miles! It’s the amount of miles travelled following the Cher gigs that I went to! As I am a massive fan of Cher’s live performances – they are so good. So after the ‘Sticks + Stones’ dates I went to how many miles had I clocked?
So wow – during the set Cher said she wanted the last night of the tour to be the best night of the tour and that’s exactly what she made it. It was a fab gig to be at and I really believe it was the best so far x
And I loved the all the glitter that fell from the ceiling during the last song ‘Want U Back’!!!
It was a really really good night and a great finale to the ‘Sticks + Stones’ tour – Cher’s first and so far only, headlining UK tour. So I do hope there’ll be others – I’m sure there will be!
I was really happy that I had been able to go to the last 3 nights of the ‘Sticks + Stones’ tour and also the Birmingham date. All were fantastic gigs to be at and each one special to me in their own little way. Birmingham because it’s my home city as it is to Cher and also the city where Cher auditioned for X Factor. Nottingham because it’s another favourite city and venue of mine and because of the Meet and Greet experience. Swindon because it was a big new venue and a new place for me to go…
…and London, because it’s the capital and in such a famous venue too. It was great to have experienced all these things and I couldn’t wait until the next gig…
…which I knew at the time – as I shuffled out of the Empire in Shepherds Bush to find Freddy and head north back to the Midlands – would be at MFest 2012 – as I had recently obtained a ticket for that. This was a Festival date in July near Leeds, so it was nice to know that although this tour was over I would see Cher live again soon…
…and this time in my wellies!!!
Events would not pan out like this and if ya wanna know why, keep reading!
The drive back from Swindon was chilled enough and the next day, I was getting ready to drive to Shepherd’s Bush for the final night of the tour x
It was a really nice sunny day and the drive was ok – I only got a little bit lost as passed Baker Street! I thought to myself I shouldn’t be all the way down so turned around and retraced my steps finding eventually the Westfield Shopping Centre where I had decided to park. From there it was only a short walk to the Empire and it was fab to be able to see go into this famous old venue. I always buy stalls tickets but this time they had all sold out so I was on level one. I went upstairs and waited in a bar. I was able to watch ‘No Lights…’ and ‘SD-Jem’ via TV monitors as I sat under a picture of Kylie Minogue at the Empire early in her career!
Soon it was time for Cher. A really nice lady offered me a spare seat by her, we standed and chatted about Cher and other things. I said this was my 4th Cher gig and she chatted about Jedwood! She also had the most amazing digital SLR with a fantastic zoom and she was able to get some tremendous shots of Cher with!
I got quite a few photo’s of my own and quite a bit of video so this time view those posts that contain the photos and videos and enjoy.
I had a great time at Cher’s final gig of the ‘Sticks + Stones’ tour at Shepherd’s Bush Empire!
On Saturday 14 April 2012 I travelled to Swindon to see Cher Lloyd on her penultimate night of the ‘Sticks + Stones’ tour and my 3rd Cher Lloyd gig. I had never driven to Swindon before but it was a lovely day to drive. The sun was shining so off I went in the freddy-mobile …
… from the West Mids it was a really easy run with some lovely scenery etc – and I do like to get towards the SW as it’s such a nice part of the UK!
But enough of the tourist board promotions stuff – as I was there to see Cher!
I was chuffed with myself as found the venue really easy and there was lots of parking which was good!
So there I was in the venue and I decided to have a little reflection time s0 had a nice cooling carling in the bar whilst watching ‘No Lights at Lockdown’ on a flat screen. I thought to myself they are a really really good band and I hope they make it as the musicianship was nothing short of impeccable and the standard of playing was so so high. They made it look easy but of course, it is not. Their brand of feisty guitar pop with a big slice of attitude is brill.
I then trotted down to see SD-Jem and find a nice place to watch Cher from, and the venue, I was delighted to say, was rammed. I squeezed myself sort of mid way down and stopped there as had a nice little spot! Then SD-Jem appeared. Again, they were full of energy and bounce and relishing in their role of warm-up! I enjoyed their set for a 3rd time and they are such a sweet and deserving act! They were keen to get the crowd excited for Cher too! Not sure what SD-Jem means? Of course, right in the middle of the name is ‘DJ’ but does the ‘S’ stand for sibling? Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t? But this brother and sister act were again delightful!
Then SD-J finished their set and it was (nearly) time for Cher. I couldn’t wait and I didn’t have to too long as soon her band were on stage. Cher opened her set with ‘Dub on the Track’ and then launched straight into ‘Grow Up’ before calming it all down with ‘Love me for me’, which is just divine and obviously, a really special song for Cher.
The tempo was then upped with ‘Over the Moon’ and ‘Superhero’ before been eased off again slowly with ‘With Ur Love’, ‘End Up Here’ and ‘Beautiful People’ … every one of these songs was performed perfectly.
Then, tweet tweet it was time for a little chat and again Cher invited questions via Twitter (connect with me at Twitter @little_tiger_7 btw)! After a short time spent by Cher answering questions. One of the dancers held up an iPad to take a pic of Cher and crowd to tweet. Then it was time for more music and Cher ran thru cover versions of Jason Derulo’s ‘Breathing’, Robyn’s ‘Dancing on my own’ and Avril Lavigne’s ‘Complicated’. As Cher sang each one there was no doubt in my mind – Cher has the XFactor by the bucketload!
The final part of the gig was made up of ‘Swagger Jagger’, ‘Playa Boi’ and by way of interlude, a wonderful cover version of Usher’s ‘OMG’ before Cher sang ‘Want U to Back’.
Tonight was a really good night! The sound was amazing and the venue big and airy in comparison to the Institute and Rock City. Ok, it’s not an arena but it was good to see Cher perform in a different kind of building to the previous two nights and for that reason alone the gig was special to me. I really enjoyed the Swindon gig. The people who worked there were nice and friendly too…
At the end, I shuffled out into the cool night air all happy. ‘No Lights at Lockdown were spending some time with the fans and chatting, signing autographs and so on near the exit. I slipped past them out into the night and home …