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Tuesday, September 10, 2002

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Do you believe in life after plastic surgery? - London gets Cher

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By Kelly Marcella
Gazette Staff


If you thought superstars were oblivious to London, think again – Cher will be making a stop at the new John Labatt Centre.

After acts like Elton John and The Tragically Hip turned down the venue, promoters of the John Labatt Centre, the new downtown arena, managed to secure a deal with famous singer/actress Cher.

According to Mike Sergeant, marketing co-ordinator for the John Labatt Centre, Cher will be performing within the first 10 days of the centre's opening.

The centre is expected to be completed on Oct. 11, which will coincide with the first home game of the London Knights in their new arena, Sergeant said.

The Knights used to play at The Ice House in the far south end of the city, but are moving downtown this year.

According to London Mayor Anne-Marie DeCicco, the London Knights' game, scheduled for opening night, is almost sold out, which demonstrates the London community's support for the new arena.

"Response has been overwhelming. Everything is going really well and we've had lots of positive feedback from the community," Sergeant said.

A two-hour concert showcasing local talent is planned for the following night and tickets will be available to the community free of charge.

The centre will also be hosting World Wrestling Entertainment on Oct. 14 in order to draw diverse crowds, Sergeant added.

The WWE event will feature wrestlers from the WWE Smackdown! television show, as the WWE RAW show will be broadcast live from Montreal on the same night.

"It's fantastic – especially when you have a combination of local talents coupled with Cher. This is definitely a facility that Londoners have wanted for some time," DeCicco said.

The week following the opening of the centre will also offer open skating and other events for the London community.

"I guess that's cool," said third-year health sciences student Kristina Lyte, but added it is highly unlikely she will attend the concert.

Details as to the exact date and ticket prices to see Cher in concert will be available once they have been sorted out, Sergeant said.

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