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Time After Time: Happy Birthday, Cyndi

Turning 57 years old today, Cyndi Lauper is still going strong in her own inimitable fashion and in perpetual Lauper-time

By Carol Anne Szel


Ever have one of those moments that are so surreal that you know are real? The mind is boggled but when the clarity sets in you just try to suck up every moment of it and burn it into your memory bank.

After the Celebrity Apprentice finale last month, of which she was a contestant, I was ushered into the backstage elevator along with about six others. Last one in, I turned around and saw who was riding with me. Standing next to Donald Trump Jr., under the bright light (seemingly light as white can be), was Ms. Cyndi Lauper. I wanted to gush, but told myself to stay cool. She was just what I thought. Gabbing in her inimitable New Yawk accent, shaking her head, outwardly glad the evening was over. It was one of those rock and roll dream moments when you finally realize you’re in it. Even for this seasoned music journalist of over twenty years.

Waiting for our cars to shuttle us over to the Trump after-party, she and I stood amid a gathering of black gig cases and a well-ravaged catering table. We took a quick photo, and went off into the night watching her pose for a bunch of flashing lights and calls of her name as she was whisked away.

And yes, turning 57 years old today, Cyndi Lauper is still going strong in her own inimitable fashion and in perpetual Lauper-time.

With her 25 years and sales of over 30 million albums, Cyndi Lauper broke ground with her first release “She’s So Unusual” which won her a Grammy for “Best New Artist” in 1983 from which she became the first female artist to have five Top-10 singles from a debut album.

The singles, “Money Changes Everything,” “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “She Bop,” “All through the Night” (the only hit without a video) and “Time After Time,” which was covered by more than 100 artists, did in fact, change everything in the world of rock.

Followed up with a one-two punch three years later releasing the “True Colors” album in 1986 which spawned two hit singles, a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” and the title tune which was a hit and had one of the most poignant videos of those early years of MTV.

Carrying that sentiment on with her, Lauper founded the True Colors Fund in 2008, which is dedicated to the understanding and advancement of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) equality.

And at 57 years old, Cyndi Lauper is still out there shaking up the world, with her 11th studio CD “Memphis Blues” dropping today as her birthday gift to us. She’s embarking on a three-month summer tour now through September, bringing us the adventure of throwing our hands in the air in reckless abandon like we did over a quarter-century ago.

Jun 25
Morristown, NJ
Mayo Center for the Performing Arts

Jun 26
Boston, MA
House of Blues

Jun 27
Englewood, NJ
Bergen Performing Arts Center

Jun 29
Cleveland, OH
House of Blues

Jun 30
Chicago, IL
House Of Blues

Jul 01
Detroit, MI
Motor City Casino

Jul 03
Toronto, ON
Pride Toronto

Jul 04
Montreal, QC

Jul 21
New York, NY
Town Hall

Jul 23
Westhampton, NY
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts

Jul 24
Westhampton, NY
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts

Jul 25
Northhampton, MA
Pines Theatre

Jul 27
New Bedford, MA
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

Jul 28
Ridgefield, CT
The Playhouse

Jul 30
Glenside, PA
Keswick Theatre

Jul 31
Myrtle Beach, SC
House Of Blues

Aug 01
Orlando, FL
House Of Blues

Aug 03
Miami, FL
Adrienne Arsht Center

Aug 04
Clearwater, FL
Ruth Eckerd Hall

Aug 06
Atlanta, GA
Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Aug 07
Biloxi, MS
Beau Rivage

Aug 08
New Orleans, LA
House Of Blues

Aug 10
Austin, TX
Paramount Theatre

Aug 11
Dallas, TX
House of Blues

Aug 12
Houston, TX
House Of Blues

Aug 14
Albuquerque, NM
Route 66 Casino

Aug 15
Tucson, AZ
Anselmo Valencia Ampitheatre

Aug 17
Saratoga, CA
The Mountain Winery

Aug 18
Napa, CA
Uptown Theatre

Aug 20
Wendover, NV
Peppermill Wendover Casino

Aug 21
Las Vegas, NV
House Of Blues

Aug 22
San Diego, CA
House Of Blues

Aug 26
Santa Ynez, CA
Chumash Casino

Aug 27
Los Angeles, CA
Greek Theatre

Aug 28
Reno, NV
Silver Legacy

Sep 01
Portland, OR
Oregon Zoo

Sep 02
Seattle, WA
Woodland Park Zoo

Sep 03
Vancouver, BC
Fair at the National Pacific Exhibition

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