Thursday, June 27, 2013
Concert review: Cyndi Lauper praises gay community in colorful Dallas show
She mostly sang songs from the album She's So Unusual, but took a departure with "True Colors" in light of the Supreme Court rulings on Wednesday.
DALLAS Cyndi Lauper seemed over the moon about the rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8 during her performance on Wednesday night at the Dallas House of Blues. She has been a strong advocate for the gay community over the years, fighting for human rights with concerts and fundraisers, as well as with her True Colors Foundation and most recently her work for the broadway musical Kinky Boots.
"For those of you who got married in California, congratulations, you're married again," Lauper said in her Queens accent before her performance. "Now we just need to fix the other 36 states."
Once the ‘80s pop icon shared her thoughts on same-sex marriage, she dove in to her album She's So Unusual -- one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time -- performing first song to the last, only stopping a handful of times to discuss the making of the album. At first it was interesting to hear the singer's take on how the record came to be, but she occasionally meandered off-topic for 10 to 15 minutes before finding her way back to the music. Some die-hard fans hung on every word, but many began talking over her, making it difficult to hear exactly what the Grammy Award winner was saying.
Lauper is one of many artists whose aging albums are still relevant in a live setting. Peter Frampton recently toured playing his iconic album Frampton Comes Alive, and even Weezer went on tour to play the entirety of its Blue and Pinkerton albums. Lauper gave fans what they craved Wednesday night in Dallas, and her voice sounded just as good.
She sang flawlessly through hits like "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time After Time," and "She Bop." But it was her simple rendition of "True Colors" during the encore that really connected with fans. Without a backing band to support her, Lauper let the song shine with just her voice and a dulcimer. Though the track wasn’t on She's So Unusual, it had a special significance Wednesday night as she celebrated human rights.
Hunter Valentine – an all-girl alternative band and a well-known group in the gay community after an appearance in season 3 of Showtime's The Real L Word – opened the show.
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