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Monday, May 19, 2014

Hot Diva Dish: Cher & Cyndi & Pat & Donna & Grace & Inaya

Girls just want to have fun ~ in Brooklyn! Cher came to the outer borough and to Barclay's Center with her tour, bringing NYC native Cyndi Lauper (from Queens) along as her opening act. In the '90s, I saw La Lauper open for Cher at a concert at Jones Beach, NY. It was a fabulous and unforgettable night.

Perez Hilton wrote of the Brooklyn show: "the singer brought some of her favorite ladies on stage to sing with her: Liza Minnelli and Rosie O'Donnell." That alone made this one of the gayest evenings on Earth ever! And then there was Cher, who I last saw on the pier in Greenwich Village, performing on LGBT Pride Day.

The New York Times gave Cher a very positive review. "Her show equated inner strength with Las Vegas razzle-dazzle," Jon Pareles wrote. "No one has to put Cher on a pedestal. She did it herself to start her show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night. When a curtain dropped, there she was on a pillar in a giant feathered headdress and a silver-and-sheer dress that flaunted her flanks. 'I’m strong, I’m strong enough to rise above,' she sang in her 2013 single, 'Woman’s World,' and no one who’s heard Cher repeatedly ascend the pop charts since the 1960s would doubt it....

"Soon afterward, in something like an opening monologue at an awards show, Cher, who will turn 68 this month, taunted, 'What is your granny doing this evening?' She went on to call herself both a 'drag queen' and an 'icon,' and to say that her current tour... is her 'farewell, farewell, farewell, farewell' tour. Then she gave an arena-scale wink to the video camera. It seemed no one in the crowd would object to Cher touring forever."

Cher returns to New York, Madison Square Garden, September 17 through 22, where her opening act will be diva Pat Benatar (from Brooklyn).

May 17 was the second anniversary of Donna Summer's untimely death. At the time, I wrote the following tribute:

May 19, however, is Grace Jones' 66th birthday and to this we give praise:

Meanwhile, my favorite club, Icon, in Queens, recently announced that the divasational Inaya Day will perform on the eve of Queens LGBT Pride, May 31. More details to come shortly. Below is my exclusive Q&A with Ms Day:

And that's our diva dish until next week. In the meanwhile, keep on dancing and spread a lot of love! ~~Dj Buddy Beaverhausen

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