By People Staff
Updated February 18, 1999 12:00 AM
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Cher felt right at home at the new $1.5 billion Venetian hotel-casino in Las Vegas this weekend. After taking a gondola ride in canals meandering through posh shops at the new resort, the singer-actress said it all looked familiar. “I’ve wanted to see this,” she remarked about her Venice-like surroundings to the Associated Press. “I’ve been building a house for two years that has a Venetian theme. This is just amazing.” Cher then held a special VIP concert at the hotel for press and invited guests. The performance was a warm-up for a 40-city North American tour that begins in Phoenix on Wednesday.