ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH CHER
In an excerpt from his
new memoir published in the May 10th issue of Rolling Stone, Gregg
Allman tells of surviving tragedy, heroin and a tumultuous
relationship with Cher. In this preview, Allman describes his first,
terrible date with the singer.
She smelled like I would imagine a mermaid would smell – I've never
smelled it since, and I'll never forget it. It was January 1975, and
I was playing a solo show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. After
the show, my buddy Chank ran up to me, going, "Guess who's here?"
"Who?" I asked.
"I want you to just ease over that railing and look to your right."
There she was, man: Cher. I couldn't believe how beautiful she was.
I got my guitar and headed down toward her. Cher showed up with
David Geffen as her date. I had met Geffen on many occasions before,
but I didn't acknowledge him at all – or anyone else, for that
matter. I was so rude; I didn't say hello or nothing at all, because
I was so blinded by her.
I was walking by, and she was down on the floor looking for
something. She looked up and said, "Oh, I lost my earring." Then she
said, "Here's my number – call me."
The next day, I asked her out to dinner. I went to her house in a
limousine, and when she came out, she said, "Fuck that funeral car,"
and handed me the keys to her blue Ferrari. We went to a Moroccan
restaurant on Sunset, and we sat there, eating with our hands with
the sitars playing. She didn't have shit to say to me, and I didn't
have shit to say to her. What's the topic of conversation? It
certainly ain't singing.
I said to her, "I've got a friend who lives up in the Hills, and his
wife is Judy Carne." Cher knew Judy, who used to be on Laugh-In,
from years before, but she didn't realize that Judy was into heroin.
We got up to Judy's house, and I had just a little taste of doojee.
I nodded out in the bathroom for 20 minutes or so, while Cher was
out in the living room with Judy, who's also nodding out. I came out
of there and asked her, "OK, toots, what else would you like to do?"
"I want to get the fuck out of here as fast as I can," she said.
I called her the next day and said, "Wait, before you say anything –
that was possibly the worst fucking date in the history of mankind.
We might be ready for the Guinness Book of World Records." She
agreed with me, so I said, "Well, listen, seeing how it was so bad,
why don't we try it again, because it can only go better this time?"
We went dancing. I don't know how to dance, but I got drunk enough
to where I did. I danced my ass off. This is when disco was just
taking off, so we did some dirty dancing. She had one drink, while I
had my 21, of course. When we got back to her place, she took me out
to her rose garden, and all the roses were just starting to bloom.
CHER SELLS KEY TO
ADELAIDE ON EBAY FOR $92,500
Cher has auctioned off a
key to the city of Adelaide that was presented to her by the Lord
Mayor at the 1990 Grand Prix. The controversial
ebay auction ended today with the item receiving 146 bids and
being sold for US$95,900.00.
The item description on ebay read: “Obtained directly from legendary
award winning supterstar Cher! A very unique item from Cher’s own
“This engraved plaque and brass key to the city of Adelaide
Australia was presented to Cher in November 1990 Includes original
box Hand-written sticky note on box: “Mementos” A one-of-a-kind
collectible for Cher fans! Picked up directly from her Malibu home!
Good Luck! Includes Certificate of Authenticity!!”
Cher’s decision to sell the item has copped a lot of criticism from
some Australians, and the person enlisted to sell the item addressed
the concerns on the auction listing page:
“Hello… I am Cher’s consignor. First of all I am in shock at the way
this is going… but I’m happy for the good that will come out of this
sale as the money is raised for charity. But, I am saddened that
many Australians are upset about this. I have had so many questions
as to why this item is being sold. I have had a lot of positive
comments and some negative comments. Not too long ago I sold another
key for her from another city and not one negative comment. But in
answer to the questions all I can say is… Cher receives many awards
and gifts from all over the world. And she is always humbled and
touched by these gracious gestures. At certain times she goes
through her huge collection and decides to share many of these
special treasures with her fans, with all the proceeds going to
Cher’s Charitable Foundation. Please know that the proceeds for this
auction and everything on
Authentic_Cher are helping people all over the world through
Cher’s charitable and humanitarian endeavors. I think the city of
Adelaide should be proud of what this plaque & key are doing for
those in need or suffering. Cher is incredible, kind and generous
and in no way meant to slight the people of Adelaide. Thank you for
your understanding. Sincerest regards, Linda.”
However, according to
channelnewsasia, Cher was unaware the key was being sold and is
“upset and trying to get to the bottom of it.”
SURPRISE APPEARANCE AT GLAAD AWARDS IN LA
Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack had already given a very moving tribute
to stepson Chaz Bono at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on
Saturday (21 April).
She talked about how Chaz 'meant the world' to his dad, the late
Sonny Bono, who she said was 'watching from heaven.'
'Chaz had the courage to follow his heart and his convictions and
that's what true leaders do,' Bono Mack said.
Then, after a video presentation about Chaz, a woman wearing a
dramatic afro wig a wig came onto the stage unannounced.
It was Cher.
crowd inside the ballroom at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los
Angeles went nuts.
'I don’t have anything prepared,' she said. 'I am so nervous because
my pronouns for my child just jump all over the f*cking place.'
Chaz was born Chastity Bono, the daughter of Cher and Sonny Bono,
and made frequent appearances on her parents CBS variety show in the
70s. Bono initially came out as a lesbian in the mid-90s then
announced in 2008 that he would be undergoing female to male gender
Cher did indeed mix her pronouns up a few times calling the child
who was the female Chastity to her for 40 years 'she' on a few
occasions while on the stage then quickly caught herself.
'I think everyone knows how freaked out I was to find out he was
gay,' Cher told the crowd. 'This [becoming a man] is one step to go
past. ... And then you go, 'Oh, those were the good old days.'
Getting serious, Cher said of her child: 'I’m here because Chaz has
the most courage of almost anyone I know.'
Bono took the stage to accept the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, presented
to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media
professional who has made a significant difference in promoting
'This truly means so much to me,' Bono said. 'Of every organization
out there, and there are a lot of them, I don’t think any of them do
more to affect change on a cultural level than GLAAD.'
Bono also won the outstanding documentary prize for Becoming Chaz, a
film which chronicled his journey from female to male.
CHER ABOUT NEW
revealed that Kuk Harrell is working for 3 songs of her new album.
She tweeted: “Am finishing 3 songs with KUK! He's COOL! 1 is Great
song Timbaland wrote 4 Me! Its All Dance! Not Bad 4 an ole Bitch
huh? I Do what I Love”.
Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell is an American songwriter, vocal producer,
arranger and engineer. 2011 marked the highly-anticipated return of
Jennifer Lopez and her album LOVE? in which Kuk served as Album
Vocal Producer. Earning his fourth Grammy for the vocal production
of Rihanna's #1 Billboard Single "Only Girl In The World", Harrell
is also the vocal producer and co-writer of Rihanna's Grammy-winning
single "Umbrella". A composer and engineer on Beyonce's chart
topping "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" from the album I Am...
Sasha Fierce, he is also vocal producer and engineer of the Diane
Warren-penned "I Was Here" from Beyonce's 2011 album 4.
added: “Been in Studio.Am far behind, BUT Really LOVE MY SONGS !
Think u will Like/Love Them 2 ! Hope CD's out by Xmas? Im
tired,try'n b back later”.
means that her new tour will be in 2013 after release of the album.
Cher also tweeted that her duet with Lady Gaga “The Greatest Thing”
will be not a single, but good news is that she records a dance
version of “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me.
was seen going to a supermarket in Santa Monica, CA yesterday (April
15, 2012). We’ve added a few candids to the
WORKING ON CHER'S NEW ALBUM
Legendary recording artist and singer Cher records with J-Roc and
Timbaland for her up-and-coming album.
ten years since her last album Cher is coming back stronger than
ever with highly acclaimed songwriters. Cher is recording with
super-producers Timbaland and J-Roc along with Diane Warren (best
known for Toni Braxton's "Unbreak My Heart" and Celine Dion's
"Because You Loved Me").
commented that Cher was "excited" about their tracks and described
them as "high energy dance music".
has provided his signature keyboard sounds for the likes of Shakira,
Pussy Cat Dolls, Ashlee Simpson, Keri Hilson and many other major
LP is expected to be released in 2012.
15 MOST ENDURING
DIVAS IN POP MUSIC
best kept secret in the music industry is that pop divas, like fine
wines and British actors, only get better with age. So far this year
we’ve seen Madonna score her eighth Billboard chart-topping album
(however short-lived), Jennifer Lopez storm the iTunes chart with
“Dance Again” and the re-emergence of Gwen Stefani as the voice of
No Doubt. With new albums from Shania Twain, Cher and Kylie Minogue
on the way, 2012 is shaping up to be the year when pop’s leading
ladies prove that 40 really is the new 20.
celebrate the phenomenon, Idolator.com has put together a list of
our top 15 timeless divas — women of a certain vintage who remain
relevant, influential and important to music fans of all ages. For
your favorite singer to qualify, she just had to be born prior to
1972, have an iconic career and still practice pop. Hence no Barbra
Streisand or Reba McEntire. Rankings are based on chart stats,
record sales, pop culture status and recent success.
Cher. What more can you say about this woman? She’s done it all and
then some. Perhaps her biggest achievement is the fact that the
world is still curious to see what she does next. While divas half
her age have been banished to the wilderness of the adult
contemporary market, the Burlesque star remains a pop culture
phenomenon. When not beefing with the likes of Nicki Minaj on
Twitter, Cher is busy putting the finishing touches on her
long-postponed Lady Gaga duet and plotting her September world tour.
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The Essentials asked Drew Barrymore for her favorite screen sirens
of all time. She chose Julie Christie, Faye Dunaway, Jane Fonda,
Annette Bening and Cher.
“She’s strong and comedic and
incredibly brave, but shows vulnerability. I think she’s epitome of
rock & roll,” says Barrymore, citing Silkwood, Moonstruck, Mask and
The Witches of Eastwick as some of her favorite Cher performances.