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Cher to Take Final Bow in Los Angeles; April 30th Hollywood Bowl Concert to Be Her Last Live Performance

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31, 2005 /PRNewswire/ -- After three years, over 3 million tickets sold and more than 3,000 costume changes, Cher will bring her long- running "FAREWELL TOUR" to an end with a 325th and final performance April 30th at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA.

Nearly 40 years have passed since Sonny & Cher first performed at the Hollywood Bowl. Now, that venue will serve again as a fitting bookend to her unrivaled live performance career.

Cher's "FAREWELL TOUR" has been an incredible spectacle -- a hits-laden career overview that traverses five decades with trademark tunes from each era. "I Got You Babe," "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "Believe" incite glorious production numbers that sparkle with signature Bob Mackie costumes and dazzling choreography.

Critically acclaimed by The New York Times, called "Flawless" by Newsweek, "Everything a Cher fan could want" by the Boston Globe and "Cher delight" by the Houston Chronicle, this extravaganza is the result of the diva's promise to deliver fans "the 'Cher-est' show on Earth."

And Cher's fans have responded accordingly, fervently demanding repeat performances time and again, resulting in 10 New York City-area plays, including six sold-out appearances at Madison Square Garden; eight sold-out nights at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena; six Los Angeles-area concerts; six Chicago performances; six Phoenix-area dates; five in the Boston area; four in Detroit and even three in Council Bluffs, IA. Cher's endless devotion to her fans racked up 20 concerts in Florida and 17 in Texas alone.

Cher's farewell triumphs also include a sold-out European tour and her first visit to Russia, where she appeared in St. Petersburg as well as for two nights at the Kremlin in Moscow. Cher also performed three packed concerts in Mexico City, her first-ever shows there. In February, she heads to Australia and New Zealand for the first time in more than a decade before returning home for the finale.

NBC's televised special of her concert drew more than 17 million viewers and won three Emmy Awards, with the DVD release of that program becoming an instant chart-topper. The Very Best of Cher CD, released to coincide with the tour, has sold in excess of 2 million copies, achieving double-platinum status.

Tickets to Cher's upcoming Hollywood Bowl performance will go on sale Monday, February 7th at 10 AM. Tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster outlets including all Tower Records, Robinsons-May, Ritmo Latino and Wherehouse Music locations. Charge-By-Phone: (213) 480-3232; (714) 740-2000; (805) 583-8700; (619) 220-TIXS. Tickets also available at http://www.ticketmaster.com/ . An Avalon Attractions/Andrew Hewitt And Bill Silva Presents Event.

Nationally, tickets for select dates of Cher's "FAREWELL NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE TOUR" are on sale now

About Avalon Attractions:
Avalon Attractions, Los Angeles' dominant concert company, was founded in 1977 in Santa Monica, California. Brian Murphy, President of Avalon Attractions, has been there since the beginning. Over the course of three decades, it has grown to become the leading promoter in the nation's most competitive market. Artists as prominent and diverse as U2, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Josh Groban, Metallica and Depeche Mode have all called upon Avalon Attractions to promote their shows. The company books events throughout the region at a number of venues including Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen, San Diego Sports Arena, The Wiltern LG, Avalon and many more.

About Andrew Hewitt And Bill Silva Presents:
Bill Silva and Andrew Hewitt of Andrew Hewitt And Bill Silva Presents have been the exclusive promoters for the Hollywood Bowl for 15 years.

Bill Silva began his long and innovative career in the music industry while attending college at the University of California, San Diego. After college, Silva began producing concerts fulltime, forming Bill Silva Presents in 1979. By the time Silva left San Diego for Los Angeles in 1999, he was considered one of the top impresarios in North America, working with artists from clubs to stadiums. In 1999, Silva merged with Universal Concerts and Andrew Hewitt (which quickly became House of Blues Concerts), creating HOB/Hewitt/Silva, LLC. Bill left that venture in March of 2003 to re-form Bill Silva Presents as his own entrepreneurial shop. Silva also owns Silva Touring, inc., which organizes and promotes national tours, including "Up In Smoke," featuring Dr. Dre and Eminem, and most recently, Margaret Cho's "Notorious C.H.O.", "Revolution", and her upcoming "Assassin" tours.

Bill Silva Management, an affiliate, guides musical clients such as Jazon Mraz, as well as a number of young film and TV actors.

Andrew Hewitt began his long career in the music business. He started out managing artists and booking clubs on the Sunset Strip. He soon began working all over the state before becoming a leader in the Las Vegas concert business. Hewitt continues to be the exclusive concert producer at The Joint in The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas as well as the co-producer of Rock & Pop shows at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. He still enjoys booking bands such as The Rolling Stones (with whom Mr. Hewitt hold the position of a long term consultant to, the band's manager for over 30 years, Prince Rupert Loewenstein), Rush, David Bowie, & Sting ... to a name but a few ... and entertains them as often as possible in his celebrity driven Hollywood restaurant, Il Sole on Sunset Plaza.

About The Hollywood Bowl:
The Hollywood Bowl is nominated for the 2004 Pollstar Award for Best Outdoor Concert Venue.

Source: Avalon Attractions

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