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May 28 2016
The Empower Station: Cyndi Lauper & Boy George's Bangin' Bang A Gong Show Comments (0)
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I've seen Cyndi Lauper perform live probably a dozen (?) times, going back to her True Colors World Tour in (December 14, 1986) and including the Twelve Deadly Cyns World Tour (in NYC sometime in 1994-1995), She's So Unusual: 30th Anniversary Tour (October 20, 2013), her opening slot for Cher (May 9, 2014) and quite a few of her holiday and fundraising gigs (like this one). She's great, but I wondered if I really needed to see her yet again, as I did at the Beacon Theatre here in NYC on Thursday night.

Img151My room, 1987. (L) Full Madonna-cover mags in bags on the wall, plus Eurythmics, Marilyn Monroe, Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, Cyndi Lauper. (R) View of my ceiling, with Madonna, Molly Ringwald, Marilyn, Cyndi, Ally Sheedy, Debbie Harry, Sade and ... Boy George! (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

The real draw for me was Boy George. I absolutely loved Culture Club as a teen; I vividly recall the day I bought Colour by Numbers at a record store in Flint in the '80s. I even had a promo poster for one of the group's video collections on my ceiling, with a huge image of George in full makeup. I also remember the very first time my pals Mike Ashton (at his house) and Eric Olson watched the video for “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” (1982) on MTV and openly discussed the novelty of the dude who totally looked like a girl. Liking George was somewhat of a political statement in a small town—in any town, really.

But even without the tantalizing gayness, I thought Culture Club created two amazing albums (and the other not-half-bad ones), records I listened to and memorized. I was a pretty fair voice mimic for George, too.

Back in the day, Culture Club had a bad reputation as a live act, and I didn't summon the guts to attend any pop tour until Eurythmics' Revenge Tour on August 21, 1986, by which time Culture Club was kaput. Also, I'd heard more recently that George didn't sound so hot on a reunion jaunt, but I believe that was due to vocal issues.

So when I failed to get tickets and the joint gig between Cyndi and George (with Rosie O'Donnell as a special guest) neared, I reached out to a friend with a connection and, after his previous invitees fell through, I found myself seated in the fourth row for what turned out to be a thoroughly satisfying show.

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Cyndi came out first, weirdly; I'd expected George would open for her, considering her relative success and being 3/4 of the way to being an EGOT. She looked great in her pink hair and punky leather get-up, and thanked us all for being there while also ensuring she educated the young'uns about the days when R&B and country were quite close in form. This was relevant because she's recently released a C&W album, Detour. Her roots with Blue Angel make this a good idea:

As reluctant as I was to see her again (at some point, seeing an artist over and over can almost dull my enthusiasm), and as little interest as I had in hearing her do country stuff, her set wound up being phenomenal. She had us on our feet the whole time and was in superb voice.


DSC08598Cyndi is an instrumental part of my musical taste (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Cyndi gave us four hits and four C&W covers from her new record:

(1) “Funnel of Love” (originally by Wanda Jackson)

(2) “She Bop”

(3) “I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart” (originally by Patsy Montana)

(4) “Walking After Midnight” (originally by Patsy Cline)

(5) “The End of the World” (originally by Skeeter Davis)

(6) “I Drove All Night”

(7) “When You Were Mine” (originally by Prince, covered by Cyndi on her first album)

(8) “Money Changes Everything” (originally by the Brains, covered by Cyndi on her first album)

For her encore, she treated us to one more cover and two of her biggest hits:

(9) “Misty Blue” (originally by Eddy Arnold)

(10) “Time After Time”

(11) “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (with Rosie O'Donnell on the drums)

DSC08644A moment when she was mine (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Just a fantastic performance from her, and I couldn't believe I'd been unenthused going in. She also said something that relates to my false fatigue while she was honoring Prince. She said: 

I hope you appreciate all the artists while you have 'em.


DSC08737Wanna be a cowboy 'n' you can be my cowgirl... (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Her other remarks about Prince were respectful without attempting to make it seem she was a major part of his story (she sang his “When You Were Mine” on She's So Unusual, an excellent cover that she performed live at the show perfectly):

I did one of his songs on my first record, and when he passed I couldn't believe it and it broke my heart—a bright light went out ... Life is short. But he was funny, and he was smart as a whip ... he was quirky—but I loved him.

Cyndi joked about Madonna's English accent but quickly said she loved her, and also gushed about being on Sire Records now, a label she had always considered to be so creative, the home of so many punk acts and also Madonna.

DSC08885Cyndi Lauper is 62 years old, y'all! (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Cyndi loves Madonna and Sire, but there was no love lost on Donald Trump when Rosie O'Donnell took the stage for what amounted to a quickie cover while Boy George and his band prepped behind the curtain. Awkwardly, George's voice and other distracting noises were coming through on the monitors, so Rosie kept getting interrupted and eventually just had to shout over it all—glad it was her and not, say, Mindy Kaling.

DSC09117Rosie's set trumped anything The Donald could ever say. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Rosie used her brief time onstage to lambaste Donald Trump. Though she declared the Beacon a Trump-free zone, that wasn't quite true—it was more like an anti-Trump zone, and rightfully so:

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May 11 2016
6-PACK — Gay Ref Is Outta There! + Justin Timberlake & Anna Kendrick Show TRUE COLORS + Java Jive + NY POST's Hug-gate + ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Soda + RIP Matt Irwin, Celebrity Photog Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureSpain's first out referee in pro sports is retiring 14 months after coming out, saying he “cannot take any more” of the anti-gay jeers.

*widget boy cultureJustin Timberlake & Anna Kendrick cover Cyndi Lauper's “True Colors” for Trolls premiere in Cannes:

*widget boy cultureIn case you're insane (like me), you are not alone: Yes, TV actors suck at pretending to have full cups of coffee during scenes.

*widget boy cultureThe moribund New York Post blatantly slants a great story of a fan meeting Madonna into an attack squib. 

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*widget boy cultureCoke—more specifically Diet Coke, to be sure—is teaming up with Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Stay tuned here for when & where to buy.

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*widget boy cultureMatt Irwin, a celeb & fashion photographer, died at 36. Celebs (Gaga, Rita Ora, 1D) have mourned his mysterious death on social media, in which he'd been active.


So talented. #RIPMattIrwin ❤️🙏🏼

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Apr 19 2016
What Ever Happened To Cyndi Lauper? Comments (0)

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Cyndi Lauper has a new country album to promote, and in the course of a wide-ranging interview with the pride of PrideSource, Chris Azzopardi, she had this to say about the woman to whom she has most frequently been compared and contrasted—Madonna:

You know, I always felt for me, I would've loved to do What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? with her... 'cause I think that's very funny! (Laughs hysterically) ... Come on! Who do you think I'd play? I'd play Baby Jane—I'd be torturin' her. Because she's always viewed as the bad girl, you know! They'd make her the good girl and I'd be the bad one. Or (we could do Joan Crawford's 1954 western-drama) Johnny Guitar—she'd be the righteous one (laughs). But whatever. Who knows!

Cute. Fun facts: Cyndi is 62, Madonna is 57. Bette Davis was 53 and Joan Crawford was 57 during the filming of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. In spite of so much good-natured and not-so-good-natured ribbing, society's impression of older women has changed drastically. After all, Madonna is still beyond relevant and Cyndi is garnering Tonys and putting out whatever kinds of albums she likes. Both are household names.

Madonna's reaction to the idea:

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Apr 14 2016
6-PACK — Bernie's Whoregate + Jane Defends NYDN Interview + Bernie Joins Verizon Picket Line + Dennis Hastert's Lawyer Is Cool With Man/Boy Groin Rubs + Should Amy Schumer Fight ISIS? + Big-Hearted Cyndi Comes To Play! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureDr. Paul Song refers to Hillary (he claims he didn't mean her) as a “corporate whore” at Bernie's Manhattan rally. Under attack, he apologizes.

*widget boy cultureBernie's disastrous NYDN Q&A referred to as an “inquisition” by his wife, who's surprised they released the transcripts. (Hm ... that phrase.)

*widget boy cultureBernie joins Verizon picket line, claims Verizon doesn't pay taxes. CEO begs to differ—it's paid $15+ billion. (How many business-hating Bernie voters have Verizon plans?)

*widget boy cultureTHEREIN LIES THE RUB: Dennis Hastert's lawyer suggests coaches giving teenage boys groin rubs isn't sexual assault.

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*widget boy cultureBono suggest Amy Schumer and others to combat ISIS. I am awaiting her Shermanesque refusal.

*widget boy cultureCyndi Lauper won't boycott North Carolina, will donate all $ to LGBT causes, has kind words for Bruce Springsteen's decision. True colors always shine through. 

Apr 07 2016
Cyndi Lauper Speaks Out On LGBT Homelessness In ADVOCATE Essay Comments (0)

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Cyndi Lauper's essay for Advocate on the homelessness epidemic among LGBT youth is a must-read.

From the article:

Right now people all across America are making a difference. A 24-hour diner owner in North Carolina is giving kids a place to stay when they have nowhere else to go. A library in Indiana is letting kids without a permanent address use computers to access lifesaving resources. In Minnesota police officers are using an app developed by the community to help kids find shelters with available beds. There are many more possibilities that have yet to be explored. That’s why we need to keep the conversation going.

The piece was written to raise awareness of #40toNoneDay, April 27, designated by Cyndi's True Colors Fund to raise public awareness of this overlooked issue.

Feb 17 2016
A Very Little Bit Country: Cyndi Lauper Takes A C&W DETOUR Comments (0)

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Not sure I'm dying to hear a Cyndi Lauper country album (why not show tunes, the CD Of which she could sell at Kinky Boots?), but Detour is here if you are into it.

She duets with Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Jewel and more.

Preview a track after the jump ...

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Dec 11 2015
Need To Know: Brad Company + The First Days Of Disco + Record Time + Dumping On Trump + Kurt Response + Leifer Now A Lifer + Jockstrap Fever + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureAuthor Brad Gooch's new book is brilliant, plus he was (above) & is hot. Click here. Images

*widget boy cultureCoachella/LGBT community figure (and hate-crime victim) George Zander dies @ 71.

*widget boy cultureBill Bernstein's Disco captures the '70s club scene

*widget boy cultureTop 200 albums of 2015.

*widget boy cultureObama preps gun-control plan, going it alone.

*widget boy cultureHarrison Ford doesn't like Donald Trump.

*widget boy cultureRussell Simmons likes Trump even less.

*widget boy cultureCarol Leifer gets married

*widget boy cultureHere's why Goldie Hawn never married Kurt Russell.

*widget boy cultureCurbwear's Ben caught in his jockstrap. Images

*widget boy cultureFuzzy dude with a killer can.

*widget boy cultureGOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia endorses ... Hillary Clinton???

*widget boy cultureHey, bigoted biz types: Don't waste LGBT resources.

*widget boy cultureDisgraceful facts on human-rights violations in Iran.

*widget boy cultureRita Moreno is just better than anyone! Images


“Being the house ethnic was destroying my life and my sense of myself. Because I had been consigned to play every dusky maiden you’ve ever seen in your life in movies.”Watch actress Rita Moreno, the first Latino person to have won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony and an Emmy, give her #BriefButSpectacular take on her lifetime in show business (as well as an acapella performance of ‘This Is All I Ask”.)

Posted by PBS NewsHour on Thursday, December 10, 2015

*widget boy cultureCyndi Lauper's “True Colors” as Truvada.

*widget boy cultureMore legit Billboard woman of the year Nicki Minaj on Hillary, Trump, Sandra Bland.

*widget boy cultureSee Melissa Rivers play Joan Rivers in J.Law's Joy.

*widget boy cultureChris Hemsworth (via People) looking a lot better than his new movie actually is.

Dec 07 2015
Boy George, I Think She's Got Him Comments (0)


Posted by Frank Orlik on Sunday, December 6, 2015

 Cyndi Lauper joined Boy George during her holiday concert for this '80s eargasm.