Not so Rosy
From page 26 of Classic Rock Magazine August 2004
HAVING MARRIED AND DIVORCED GREGG Allman, their progeny being one son (Elijah Blue) and an ill-advised album (‘Two The Hard Way’), Cher this month decided to mix music and romance once again.
The recipient of her affection this time was Les Dudek, a guitarist who had played with The Steve Miller Band, Boz Scaggs and, briefly, The Allman Brothers Band. (Her most recent amour, Kiss’s Gene Simmons, had resisted the temptation to share vinyl with her.) Dudek and Cher decided to start their musical relationship in a low-key way, calling their band Black Rose and neglecting to highlight her involvement. Maybe she was ahead of her time in going the rock route, given the success of her collaboration with Meat Loaf on ‘Dead Ringer For Love’ a mere year later. But Black Rose could manage to get dates only as the opening act for Hall & Oates, and the musical collaboration lasted just the one album.