Cher rewrote ‘Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe’ for Biden concert – and found time to swing by a gay bar to get the vote out
Cher performed a reworked version of “Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe” in support of Joe Biden at a virtual benefit concert, and found time to visit a Las Vegas gay bar to encourage people to vote.
As the US presidential election draws close, LGBT+ icon Cher was the final act in an event titled “I Will Vote” on Sunday (October 26) for the Biden For President campaign.
She rounded off an incredible line-up, which included Jennifer Hudson, Billy Porter, John Legend, P!nk, Ben Platt and the Black Eyed Peas, with a special musical endorsement of the Democratic presidential candidate.
Her performance was introduced by Queer Eye’s Fab Five and the concert’s hosts George Lopez and Ana Navarro, who celebrated the 74-year-old’s decades-long career.
Cher performed “Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe,” the Oscar-nominated song that featured in the musical Cabin in the Sky in 1943, but reworked it as a tribute to Biden.
She sang: “It seems like happiness is just a thing called Joe / He’s got a smile that makes the lilacs wanna grow.
“He’s got a way that makes the angels heave a sigh / When they know president Joe’s passing by.
“Right now our country’s gloomy, fear is in the air / But when Joe’s president, hope is everywhere.”
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She continued: “Joe will keep us safe — that’s all we need to know.”
Cher tells Las Vegas gay bar election ‘is the most important’ moment of her life.
She told the crowd: “This is the most important thing that has ever happened in my 74 years. You must get out there.”
Discussing her fears surrounding a second Trump term and the regression this could cause for LGBT+ rights, she added: “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.”