Rod Stewart introduced Cyndi Lauper as Ms. Kinky Boots as he called her onstage for a duet of the Isley Brothers’ Motown hit, “This Old Heart Of Mine” for their July 8th date in Tampa, Florida. A lady never tells but Cyndi recently turned 64 years old and you’d never guess it for a minute! Looking youthful and energetic, Lauper’s voice sounded powerful and on point this evening as she put on a master clinic of 80s favorites, classic covers, and even a couple of rare lost gems from her catalog of eclectic hits.
“END OF THE WORLD”
- Funnel Of Love (Wanda Jackson cover)
- She Bop
- I Drove All Night
- The End Of The World (Skeeter Davis cover)
- Goonies ‘R Good Enough (with the melodica!)
- You Don’t Know
- Money Changes Everything
- Time After Time
- Girls Just Wanna To Have Fun
- Not My Father’s Son
- True Colors
Highlights: Dressed in a black jumpsuit with flower power pastel daisies and a matching top hat, Cyndi opened with a quirky country cover from her latest album, “Detour”. The monster hits, “She Bop” and “I Drove All Night” got the fans on their feet before Cyndi segued into an emotional version of “End Of The World” as Lauper stood on a circular riser and twirled around as the melody played. “Money Changes Everything” started with a somber tone but broke out into a wild frenzy as Lauper’s energy and dancing won over the crowd. Cyndi was telling stories to introduce most of the songs and the biggest applause came when she announced she ate at Frenchy’s Restaurant on Clearwater Beach (20 miles away) the night before! She even announced while in France hobnobbing with the locals that “I wanted to be chic, but I was a little gauche: I wore my Frenchy’s T-shirt in Saint Tropez” .
“Time After Time” opened with an audience sing-along and Cyndi accompanied them on the dulcimer. Who knew the most emotional song of the night was Cyndi’s 80s party hit, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” as Cyndi told a story of the Women’s March and how so many of them were carrying signs proclaiming “Girls just wanna have fun-damental rights”. She proclaimed with pride that she’s not going to change her pink hair and was moved by their spirit. A dedication to her son, “Not My Father’s Son” and a powerful partial acapella version of “True Colors” ended a beautiful set list. This didn’t feel like an opening act, this was truly a 2 for 1 headline show, don’t miss it!
“GOONIES ‘R GOOD ENOUGH”
All photos by Mike Pease