During the last week on air, Cyndi Lauper and Rosie O'Donnell were with guest Louis Gonzalez who bid (and won!) a chance to chat with them on a Rosie Radio today, 26th May 2011. The proceeds of the auction went to Rosie's charity Rosie's Theater Kids.
Cyndi Lauper talked with Rosie about her whirl-wind year of touring and working including the upcoming reality programme, her fondness for Japan and much more...
Her hair is loud. It’s often dyed a rainbow romp of riotous colours.
Her performances are legendarily loud. When she sang her most famous hit, Girls Just Want to Have Fun on Top Of The Pops in 1984, the New Yorker chewed-up BBC scenery like it was a stick of gum.
Yet when I get her on the phone to chat about her new album, Memphis Blues, and a tour that sees her hit Birmingham in June, she is... quiet.
Imagine listening to the whispering lilt of a seashell, when the shell is on one side of a football stadium, and you’re on the other.
She’s also a serious gal.
I expect a wacky personality. Larger than life and more than a little bit loopy. But she turns out to be – shock! horror! – sensible.
Does Cyndi think Lady Gaga is a modern version of her? The two stars recently collaborated on an advertising campaign.
“No, not really,” she says. “She’s a version of everyone who has been around in the past, put together.
“Though Gaga has had some very wild hairdos, just like me.
“I had yellow hair for a while, and I thought it looked good on me. But I wouldn’t have it now because Lady Gaga did her hair like that. So even though I had it before her, everyone would think I was copying her.”
It also turns out that Cyndi often dresses more demurely than in her 80s heyday.
That’s because Cyndi and her actor husband, David Thornton, have a 13 year-old son, Declyn.
“I don’t want people to make a fool of my son because of the way his mom dresses,” she says. “So if he’s with his friends, I’ll have to figure out how to downplay what I wear.
“That probably means a simple shirt, black, and a pair of chinos. I’ll also wear pearls. Even though it’s a very normal way to dress, to me it’s like putting on a Halloween costume.
“But I can only do it for a couple of hours, then I have to be me again.”
Cyndi first hit the big time in the mid-80s, about the same time as Madonna.
In many ways she was the anti-Madonna. Madge was always slick, controlled and rather soulless. A commercial entity constructed out of conical bras and platinum dye.
Cyndi is more organic. A fluid flapper who also seemed more vulnerable (and fun) than her rival. Sadly it was the Material Girl juggernaut who became the dominant diva as 80s turned to 90s, and beyond.
Though Cyndi will always be remembered for at least three memorable pop jingles.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun is almost a feminist tract. Equally splendid are her tear-jerking treats, True Colours and Time After Time.
She’ll be reprising those tracks in Brum, while also introducing songs from the new album, a smouldering album of blues standards.
“Playing live, you always hope for those special moments when you’re at one with the audience and heaven’s door opens,” she says. “Back when I started, I never thought I’d still be on stage when I got to this age. But I love it!
“Mick Jagger’s older than me, and he’s still doing it. He keeps fit, and keeps going. That’s what you have to do. It’s like being an athlete.”
Being a successful singer also means having a high profile, of course. There’s currently a heated debate in this country about how much privacy famous people should enjoy.
Last week Cyndi’s privacy got a prod when photos of the 57 year-old were published making her look like she’d undergone a chemical peel.
Her publicist countered, saying she had: ‘A bad reaction to a spa treatment’.
Many celebs would have been furious at such images being plastered in the papers.
Cyndi doesn’t seem too bothered, and reveals she can disappear from public scrutiny when ever she wants.
“Most of the time I just shy away from the camera,” she says. “I want my private life to be private so I can write about something, not nothing. And it’s very hard to write songs with any depth when you’re always being looked at. That kind of fame is like living in a vacuum.
“Very early on I decided that I wanted a real life, not a surreal life. I can’t imagine being stared at and photographed all the time. It would be just so horrible.”
INTERVIEW Cyndi Lauper By Tony Cortopassi and Rob Brayl
Rob: True Colors is certainly one of the biggest anthems of our community. Are there any songs from your own collection or other artists that you consider to be your personal anthem? Cyndi: I have quite a few with my own catalog. To choose one is going to be tough. Changes from time to time. Anything from Joni Mitchell
Rob: It’s wonderful to see any artist, but specifically artists of your level really reaching out to their gay fan base and working on strengthening the community. How has working on projects like the Give A Damn Campaign, and opening the True Colors homeless shelter for LGBT youth affected you personally? Cyndi: I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to raise awareness about equality and issues impacting the community that do not get enough attention, especially homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. To be able to do that through the Give a Damn Campaign and the True Colors Residence, which is actually permanent housing, not a shelter, means a great deal to me.
Rob: Your video on you tube speaking on bullying and on the past years flood of suicides with regards to gay teens was really touching. How have you handled those in the past who may have been punks in the way that they treated you? Cyndi: I think it is important to say that while the media has been focusing on the recent suicides of these young men as a result of anti-gay bullying, this has been an epidemic that has been growing and in dire need of attention for far too long. I do know what it is like to be viewed as ‘different’ and I have owned that about myself
and have been unapologetic about it. We all have to be who we are. It can be hard to do that though as life has ways of knockin’ ya down time and time again. I would urge all the young people reading this to contact the Trevor Project at 1-866-4-U-TREVOR or the National Runaway Switchboard at 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are having a hard time and need someone to talk to.
Rob: Your most recent record, ‘Memphis Blues’, is a beautiful piece of work and showcases a different side of yourself. What can we expect from your next album? Working on any new material? Cyndi: I don’t have “next” cd planned......I’m living and enjoying this one!! I am filming a live DVD in Memphis that will come out Spring 2011. Basically its’ the show we’ve been doing on the road since Memphis Blues has come
out. It will include songs from Memphis Blues, my hits and a few new songs.
Rob: Crazy but we’ve got to ask, do you listen to any rap music? Cyndi: I have a 13 year old son, what do you think? I listen to A LOT of rap!!
Tony: Having many acting roles in: Vibes, Off & Running. Life with Mikey, Here & There, Section B, as well as an Emmy award winning role in Mad About You as “Marianne Lugasso”. Is there a type of role you’d love to do next? Cyndi: Love to revamp my style and genre with everything I do. Of course I‘d love to try something different, new and challenging.
Tony: Since you’ve already done Threepenny Opera...any role you’d like to do on Broadway? Cyndi: My next Broadway project is as composer. I am writing songs for the Broadway adaptation of the film Kinky Boots. Harvey Fierstein is writing the book and Jerry Mitchell is the director. It’s very exciting.
Tony: We are all excited to read your autobiography. When is that slated to be released? Can you give us a “Teaser” from the book? Cyndi: I am writing an auto-biography that will be released via Simon & Schuster in late 2011. I am in the middle of writing right now so ask me this question again next time we chat.
Tony: Can you elaborate a little on your New Reality Show and what we can expect? Cyndi: Yes I did a deal with Mark Burnett Productions before I signed on to Celebrity Apprentice. Mark Burnett are probably the most successful producers of reality tv so I am really happy to be in partnership with them. The folks there are smart and creative and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to do. I love the medium so I’m excited about. It is going to be mostly about me and my day to day, focused on my career.
Tony: If you could travel to anytime in history – who would you love to meet? Cyndi: John Lennon.
Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Alber Elbaz and Victoria Beckham, amongst others, have teamed up with the Japan editions of Vogue and GQ for a charity T-shirt project in aid of survivors of the Japanese earthquake. Adorned with messages of support for the Japanese people, the Fashion Unites For Japan T-shirts will go on sale globally on 25th June through UNIQLO.
Get ready Atlanta! The Cyndi Lauper & Dr. John: From Memphis To Mardi Gras tour will be stopping in Atlanta on 12th October 2011 at the John A. Williams Theatre which is in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Cyndi Lauper & Dr. John: From Memphis To Mardi Gras
Wednesday 12th October 2011 (10/12/2011)
Tickets on sale 27th May 2011 @ 10:00 am ET (05/27/11)
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway
Whilst Cyndi Lauper was in Japan in March 2011, promoting and touring her latest release Memphis Blues she recorded a programme called SONGS. The programme featured an interview with Cyndi Lauper and she performed 3 songs; Time After Time, True Colors and I Don't Want to Cry. Also shown during the programme was old footage from Cyndi Lauper's career including many vintage TV appearances, plus a biography. Below is the full programme in 2 parts.
To kick off the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's next major exhibit - and the world's first of its kind - devoted to Women Who Rock, the Museum's annual It's Only Rock and Roll Spring Benefit Concert took place on Saturday 14th May and featured an all-star lineup including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Wanda Jackson, Mavis Staples and Darlene Love, as well as Cyndi Lauper, all featured in the Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power exhibit. Additional performers included Curt Smith (Tears for Fears) and Chuck Jackson.
Cyndi Lauper joined Marvis Staples on stage during her set and they sang "The weight". Cyndi Lauper closed the show with a spirited parade of 1980s flashbacks. She accompanied herself on dulcimer for a solo rendition of "True Colors" and brought out an all-star chorus of Love, Staples and surprise guest Ronnie Spector for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."
Goonies 'R' Good Enough
Down Don't Bother Me
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
I'm Gonna Be Strong
Last weekend at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Cyndi Lauper joined Arcande Fire durng their set. They sang Cyndi Lauper's classic Girls Just Want To Have Fun together and then Cyndi Lauper then joined the band on dulcimer for a rendition of the band's Sprawl II (Mountians Beyond Mountains)."
Below is Sprawl II (Mountians Beyond Mountains) from Arcade Fire's official Youtube Channel.
Originally reported here on Cyndi Lauper Daily Dot Com in September 2010 and scheduled for December 2010, the OUTMUSIC Awards were postponed due to economic difficulties. However, in response to the postponement, the organisation has received overwhelming offers of support from companies and individuals in the community.
The 7th AnnualOUTMUSIC Awards returns to centre stage for a night of prestige and honour at Irving Plaza, 23rd May 2011 at 8 p.m. Hosted by the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA), this year’s awards show celebrates 20 years of music history while honouring and documenting the contributions of openly LGBTQ recording artists and performers in the music industry. A list of nominees is available at www.outmusicawards.com.
THE OMA PERSON OF THE YEAR CYNDI LAUPER
This award is bestowed upon a person who has been a pillar in our community, an ally and a friend, a pioneer in launching productions and events in support of LGBT Equal Rights, volunteering and sacrifice of self to help in the efforts to end homophobia and discrimination.
An unwavering advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality since the start of her career, Cyndi created the True Colors Tour in 2007. The Tour has brought together artists like Erasure, The B-52s, the Indigo Girls, Deborah Harry and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts for shows that successfully merge great music and public awareness about the issues facing the LGBT community.
To further her role as an activist, Cyndi founded the True Colors Fund in 2008. The non-profit seeks to inspire and engage everyone, particularly the straight community, to become involved in the advancement of LGBT equality. The Fund recently launched the Give a Damn Campaign, an extensive and innovative online public education and awareness initiative.
In addition, Cyndi is the Honorary Chairperson of the True Colors Residence, the first project of its kind to provide a permanent, supportive and secure home to formerly homeless LGBT youth in New York City.
In appreciation for her work, Cyndi has been honoured by many organisations including the Human Rights Campaign, GLSEN and PFLAG.
"It's an honour to always have the genuine affection of the gay community," Cyndi says. "They have never turned their back on me. I will never turn my back on them. We've had a long and enduring love affair."
Cyndi is also a tireless participant in the struggle to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Most recently, Cyndi joined Lady Gaga to be the spokespeople for the 2010 MAC Viva Glam Campaign and to educate woman about HIV/AIDS around the world.
She also continues to participate in efforts and events for organisations like AMFAR, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Gay Men's Health Crisis in order to speak out about the need for education and greater resources to fight this disease.
The Women Who Rock exhibit opened at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum yesterday, 13th 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. There was a special opening party in which Cyndi Lauper attended. Also there was Darlene Love and Wanda Jackson who will also take part in the It's Only Rock and Roll Benefit Concert
Cyndi Lauper looks at her dress.
Cyndi Lauper hugs Darlene Love.
Darlene Love, Wanda Jackson and Cyndi Lauper make the rock and roll symbol with their hands.
You and a friend can meet Cyndi Lauper and enjoy VIP tickets to any 2011 show around the world!
Cyndi Lauper has kindly given herself for one night only to help the 15 Foundation.
lot opened: Thu, 12 May 2011 3:15:00 PM EDT
lot closes: Wed, 25 May 2011 1:30:00 PM EDT
Terms: Package valid for any 2011 headlining show. Subject to availability. Includes two VIP tickets, meet and greet, and photo opportunity with Cyndi. Does not include any travel or accommodations.
About 15 Foundation:
The founders, Robin Quivers and Brendan Murphy, came together while working on another charitable event for the United Nations Girl Fund, in early 2009. After the event, Robin and Brendan realized that they shared similar aspirations and goals and agreed to come together to form the 15 Foundation. Both founders wanted to make the art of giving a fun process; one in which anyone could participate. Robin and Brendan agreed to combine their resources to maximize the exposure they could provide to worthy charities. Most importantly, Robin and Brendan agreed that the best way to be effective was to put together fun, dynamic events that would bring like-minded, charitable people together for exemplary causes.
We know what the problems are. The 15 Foundation is interested in solutions.
The 15 Foundation was formed in an effort to make a difference and help support effective, project driven charities that are really making a difference.
There are individuals and groups out there, on the ground, in the trenches that have found solutions and are putting them to work to help make the world a better place.
The mission of the 15 Foundation is to identify and support these groups and the great work they do.
Suomi (Finland) - 13 toukokuu:
Kaksimielisessä komediassa törkeä tuottaja Charlie LaRue saa päähänsä toteuttaa unelmansa elokuvasta, joka tulvisi kaikkien aikojen roisimpaa sanailua. Sekopäisen tuotannon rivo leffatiimi aloittaa kilpavitsailun ja ruoskii toisiaan mahdollisimman likaisen ja loukkaavan käsikirjoituksen suoltamiseksi.
Danmark (Denmark) - 24 maj:
Hvor mange usmagelige og lumre jokes kan man samle i én film? Det har filmproducenten Charlie LaRue sat sig for at afprøve. Så sammen med et team af forfattere med speciale i den allerdårligste smag og det sorte bælte i sjofelheder går LaRue i gang med det beskidte arbejde.
Dirty Movie er lige præcis dét: dirty og fyldt til randen med sketch efter sketch af den sorteste humor - bragt til os af et talentfuldt hold af komikere, der kan det-der med at være tåbelige ud over alle grænser.
Sverige (Sweden): - 25 maj
Den skandalomsusade filmproducenten Charlie LaRue (Christopher Meloni) är i färd med att uppfylla sin livslånga dröm: att göra en film med de mest vågade och roligaste sexskämten som någonsin berättats. Tyvärr saknar de några viktiga detaljer: manus och skådespelare... Medan Charlie och hans kolleger kämpar för att få ordning på inspelningen, utspelar sig denna "film inom filmen", där den ena skämtet är snuskigare än det andra. Och bara en kan vinna tävlingen om vem som kan skriva det mest vågade skämtet, en tävling som Charlie är fast besluten att vinna. Gör dig redo för årets stora, lättklädda skrattbomb!
Norge (Norway) - 25 mai:
Den skandaløs filmprodusenten Charlie LaRue er i ferd med å oppfylle sin livslange drøm om å lage den mest støtende filmen med det morsomste og mest skitne innholdet noen gang fortalt. Det han og hans filmmedarbeidere mangler er bare et manus, kjendiser og prisvinnende skuespillere. Gjør deg klar for årets store, lettkledde latterbombe!
Deutschland (Germany) - 22. Juli 2011:
Der Möchtegern-Filmproduzent Charlie LaRue (CHRISTOPHER MELONI) hat einen Traum: Er möchte einen Film drehen, der ausschließlich aus schmutzigen Witzen besteht. Nachdem er den CEO einer auf Komödien spezialisierten Filmfirma, die ihre besten Zeiten und größten Erfolge weiß Gott hinter sich hat, von seiner Idee überzeugen konnte, muss schleunigst das Filmteam zusammengestellt werden. Doch da fangen die Probleme schon an: Der Regisseur (MARIO CANTONE) möchte eigentlich einen Arthouse-Film drehen und der Drehbuchautor hat noch nie ein Drehbuch geschrieben – sorgte allerdings bereits durch den Handel mit geschmacklosen T-Shirts für Furore… Der große Traum vom schmutzigen Witz in Spielfilmlänge scheint für Charlie zu platzen – doch seinem Einfallsreichtum und vor allem dem Repertoire an schlüpfrigen Jokes sind so leicht keine Grenzen zu setzen…
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will open a groundbreaking and provocative new exhibit that will illustrate the important roles women have played in rock and roll, from its inception through today. Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power will highlight the flashpoints, the firsts, the best, the celebrated -- and sometimes lesser-known women -- who moved rock and roll music and American culture forward.
The interactive exhibition will spotlight more than 70 artists and fill two entire floors of the museum. The exhibit will feature artifacts, video and listening stations, as well as a recording booth where visitors can film a short story or moment of inspiration related to women in rock. The exhibit will move through the rock and roll eras, weaving a powerful and engaging narrative that demonstrates how women have been the engines of creation and change in popular music, from the early years of the 20th century to the present.
It's Only Rock and Roll Concert featuring inductees Wanda Jackson, Mavis Staples and Darlene Love along with Cyndi Lauper, will kick off Women Who Rock opening.
Cyndi Lauper and Dr. John are doing their first tour together. Two voices that shaped an era!
An all-time great song stylist, Lauper's debut album sold over 5 million copies. Hits include "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," "Money Changes Everything," "All Through The Night," "Change of Heart," "True Colors" and "Time After Time."
Grammy Winner Dr. John proudly stands as one of New Orleans' all-time distinctive voices and this year was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His music is considered to be one of the most infectious sounds in both jazz and popular music. His hits include "Right Place Wrong Time" and "Iko Iko."
The first date has been announced!
Cyndi Lauper & Dr. John: From Memphis To Mardi Gras
The melodramatic Candian rockers and the one-time 80s poster girl teamed for Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," during which Arcande Fire singer Regine Chassagne looked like she was having even more fun than Cyndi Lauper. Clad in all black, yet wearing an 80-style off-the-shoulder top, Chassagne and Lauper traded verses point for point, wearning one of her lesser referenced influences on her sleeve. Cyndi Lauper then joined the band on dulcimer for a rendition of the band's "Sprawl II (Mountians Beyond Mountains)."
Cyndi Lauper shrine debuts across the street from Bon Jovi shrine at New Orleans Jazz Fest
For the past three years, Louis and Mary Poche have enjoyed their neighbor Tara Jill Ciccarone's porchside Bon Jovi shrine during the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Living so close to the Sauvage St. entrance to the Fair Grounds, Jazz Fest has always been a particularly celebratory time for Mary Poche, who dressed up in princess gear on the Fest's first Friday, and as Lauper herself this past Thursday in honor of the 80's icon's set.
The International Sacred Shrine of Bon Jovi is visible from the Poche's driveway, where they fix Sazeracs and boil crawfish for friends at sunset on Fest days. Inspired by her neighbor's passion for her own altars, Mary Poche spent Thursday night putting together her own shrine, dedicated to that day's headliner Cyndi Lauper.
"I saw it in the morning while I was drawing directions to my shrine in chalk on the sidewalk," Ciccarone said.
Last year, when Bon Jovi was not booked at Jazz Fest, Ciccarone said she took some flak from passersby who suggested she build a shrine to 2010 headliners like Pearl Jam, or Simon & Garfunkel.
"I said I was not a spiritual tramp," she said.
"But my vision for Maurepas Street is that someday, everyone on the block would have an altar to a musician that had performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest."
With the unveiling of the International Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Shrine, it seems like she's getting there.
The Bon Jovi shrine is located at 2943 Maurepas Street. The Cyndi Lauper shrine stands at 2950 Maurepas Street.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
5th May 2011
Just Your Fool *
How Blue Can You Get
Early In The Morning
All Through The Night
Lead Me On
Down Don't Bother Me
Don't Cry No More
Goonies 'R' Good Enough *
Change Of Heart *
Time After Time
Girls Just Want to Have Fun *
True Colors *
* performed with 3 members of the "Rising Star Fife & Drum Band" from Mississippi (except True Colors, performed with 1 member)
NEW ORLEANS – Cyndi Lauper sings the blues? Absolutely.
In fact, that's how the pop icon began her career and she said recently that a return to the genre was inevitable.
"I started in a Janis Joplin cover band and the bad thing was nobody was listening," Lauper said in an interview with the Associated Press. "To go back to Square One at this time in my life is really important for me. Everything is all based on the blues and to go back was a great gift. To go back with a high rhythm section was an even better, greater gift."
Lauper fans will get to hear songs from her latest project, "Memphis Blues," as well as such pop classics as "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "True Colors" on Thursday when she gives a closing, debut performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which runs through Sunday at the Fair Grounds Race Course.
"I've always wanted to play at the jazz festival," she said. "I'm so excited."
Lauper, 57, said she loves the city of New Orleans and though she's never played the festival before she has performed at some of the city's other well-known music houses, such as Tipitina's.
"All I know is, is that I love New Orleans," she said. "It's one of the jewel cities of America and music-wise, it's a place that is revered by many musicians. Just to be able to play at the festival is such a big, big deal. It's something I've always wanted to do."
"Memphis Blues," released last June, debuted on the Billboard Blues Album Chart at (hash)1 and remained there for 14 consecutive weeks. The album has a couple of songs featuring New Orleans' own Allen Toussaint, the legendary musician, composer and producer.
"When he was doing his album, he contacted me and I was up to my eyebrows in I don't know what and I couldn't. So when the opportunity came around for mine, I definitely wanted Allen to be a part of it. I knew mixing him with the Memphis guys would be really adding some spice. And when he started playing `Shattered Dreams' and to hear it all come together. I mean, wow. Everyone fell into that downbeat like a dream and it became otherworldly," Lauper recalled.
The project also includes collaborations with B.B. King, Johnny Lang, Ann Peebles, Tracy Nelson and Charlie Musselwhite, who is scheduled to perform Thursday in the festival's Blues Tent as well as with Lauper during her set.
When she confirmed her Jazz Fest appearance, Lauper immediately thought of bringing Toussaint in as a special guest too, but "unfortunately he's going to be playing on the other side of town at exactly the same time."
"I had an extraordinary experience playing with those guys," Lauper said. "I could actually feel like a dirt road under my feet when we did `Crossroads' and that's from where I sang, where I collaborated, on that level."
Lauper said she was born to sing.
"I think there is a wonderful, magical quality to music which has the ability to change the mood and minds of many," she said.
"The fact that you get a chance to be brought into the swirl of (music) and lifted to places bigger and better than self is a great gift. I decided a long time ago that I would sing the kinds of songs that would bring comfort and inspire. I'm glad that I was stubborn enough to stick with that because it's not all about the money or fame. It's about the moments that feel elastic fantastic.
"It's that addicting quality that makes you want to keep going," she said, "I think that's why Ella Fitzgerald, using a walker or a cane, still went on stage to do what she did. That's why I'm still doing what I do."