Scoot Blog: Cyndi Lauper Still Just Wants to Have Fun!
by Scoot,posted Jul 1 2013 6:18PM
Watching Cyndi Lauper on stage at the House of Blues Sunday night did more than bring back memories – it was another vivid example of never getting old even as you mature.
When I was doing the morning show on B-97 and playing her early hits in the mid-80s, it was arranged through the promoter for me to get Cyndi Lauper on the air and invite her to do a concert on The President – a riverboat that for years was a great concert venue that rolled up and down the river! Well, she agreed and that was her first big show in New Orleans. Last night, I saw essentially the same Cyndi Lauper on stage! And more than bring back memories, it made the audience that grew up with her feel good about their age and themselves.
I met Cyndi again years later when I was on the air in Denver. We had a great conversation on the air before her concert in Denver and she invited me backstage after the show. She is as spunky and friendly off stage as she is on stage, and that’s not something I can say about everyone I’ve met over the years! Cyndi invited me to share a bottle of wine with her, which I did, and I saved the empty bottle and placed it next to a framed picture of the two of us that I kept on a table in my apartment. One night during a party, someone saw the empty bottle and thinking it was an ‘empty bottle’ from the party – threw it away! I lost the souvenir that night, but I still have the pic of us on my desk at WWL.
Last night’s audience at the House of Blues was demographically diverse, but the majority of those at the House of Blues appeared to be that audience that fell in love with her in the 80s - and the love affair continues!
With red dreads and wearing a Goth-inspired outfit, Cyndi Lauper pranced and danced like she did when I first saw her on The President. After opening the show with a string of mega hits, like “Money Changes Everything” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” Cyndi took time in-between some of the songs to share stories with the audience, which personalized the songs that followed. Cyndi went into detail about the recording the adult-oriented song, “She Bop!”
The House of Blues audience acted like Cyndi’s background singers through most of the show. There are those stars that seem to be above performing many of their hits, but Cyndi Lauper satisfied the crowd with her hits and closed the show with a heartfelt performance of “True Colors” - accompanied only by keyboards.
Cyndi has always promoted tolerance and understanding and I felt that her selection of the song, “True Colors,” and the passionate way she sang it, was her way of telling the audience to do more than just enjoy one of her biggest hits – Cyndi wanted us to hear the words and live by them:
“But I see your true colors Shining through I see your true colors And that’s why I love you So don’t be afraid to let them show Your true colors True colors are beautiful Like a rainbow.”
And even though the ‘rainbow’ has become the symbol for the gay community, which has always strongly supported Cyndi Lauper, I think Cyndi intended for the words of that song to apply to everyone!