By: Renee Grant
In a recent interview with Billboard, Cher reveals her feelings about her early hits, and it’s not what you may expect.
The 70-year-old rocker (she turns 71 on May 20th) says in the midst of other popular artists of the 70’s artists like Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, and the Eagles she felt ashamed of her music.
With an incredible career that spans six decades, it may be hard to believe anyone couldn’t like the songs she has brought to the world. For Cher, that isn’t the case.
“I’m not a Cher fan,” says Cher. “I just don’t think my aesthetic taste lies in her direction.”
While she likes her 80’s power ballads like the infectious If I Could Turn Back Time, she says she realized by that point in her career she was over the need to be like Joni Mitchell or the artists she admired. “That was OK. By that time, I figured out I wasn’t going to ever be the Eagles.”
Interestingly enough, her biggest hit came from another set of songs she wasn’t keen to record, her single Believe, which went No. 1 in 23 countries. She says recording it was “a nightmare” and she didn’t want to record a dance album as Rob Dickins, president of Warner Music U.K., had asked. After a fight with the track’s producer Mark Taylor where Cher stormed out of the studio, Taylor added auto-tune to her vocals, and the rest is history.
While Cher shows very few signs of slowing down, her ability to still rock a stage at 70 surprises even her. “I don’t like getting old. I’m shocked that I can still run across the stage at my age. I thought I’d be dead,” she says.
We’re happy she isn’t and she’s still rocking. Currently, she holds a Las Vegas residency with her Classic Cher concerts.