Watch: Cher Delivers Hit Songs, Voting Encouragement Over the Weekend

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Monday October 26, 2020

Cher  (Source:Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP File)

Superstar and LGBTQ ally Cher delivered hit songs and voting encouragement to crowds over the weekend, appearing at events supportive of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Phoenix, Arizona.

Cher was part of the Pride Walk to the Polls event in Las Vegas, where she sang and addressed the crowd at The Garden, a new gay bar, reported local newspaper the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Calling next week's election "the most important thing that has ever happened in my 74 years," Cher told the crowd that "you must get out there," the newspaper reported. The singer made her comments on the morning of Oct. 25, after having performed hit songs the night before, media reports said.

Cher pointed to the Supreme Court and Trump nominee Amy Coney Barrett, who many fear will usher in renewed attacks on marriage equality and other LGBTQ rights.

"A lot of you aren't old enough maybe to remember how bad it was, but it was really bad — and it can be worse," Cher said, referring to how things were for non-cisgender and non-heterosexual Americans in decades past.

The singer talked about how her transgender son, Chaz Bono, "makes me feel like even more a part of the family" of LGBTQ Americans, the article said.

That evening, Cher appeared at Corona Ranch and Rodeo Grounds outside of Phoenix, Arizona, according to an article in the Arizona Republic.

"I really care that everyone in the United States gets to have a fair chance," Cher said, after regaling the audience at the event with a rendition of "Walking in Memphis," which she had also sung in Las Vegas.

Noting that "a million things... have to be changed, but you have to start" someplace, Cher told the crowd, "I know Joe is going to make a start." She then delivered a performance of her song "Believe."

Cher went on to add: "I don't have anything amazing to say, just vote and I'm happy to have been here... That's all I have to say is vote, and bring someone to vote."

Cher went on to join a slate of stars for the Victory Fund's "I Will Vote" concert on the evening of Oct. 25, which was streamed online in support of Biden and Harris. Cher joined Sara Bareilles, Foo Fighters, P!nk, Macy Gray, John Legend, and other musical acts, as well as special guests Billy Porter, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Whoopi Goldberg, and many others.

One member of the audience in Phoenix, Angel Diaz, 25, told the Arizona Republic that "it's important to vote," and added, "being a first-generation Mexican-American openly gay man, my family instilled in me that you can't take things for granted, we should work hard for what we have, and we should vote for people that see us as people."

"We took 2016 for granted, you know, and I think it's time for us to come to our senses and show up and vote," Diaz said.

The election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 3. Millions have already cast their votes, taking advantage of early voting and mailing in their ballots.

The Biden campaign posted video of Cher's apperance in Las Vegas. Cher takes the stage at about the 19 minute 30 second point inthe 31-minute clip. Watch that video bwloe.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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