… “The set was filled with passionate, professional performances, which at times saw Cyndi using an old-style phonebox as a prop with a microphone in the mouthpiece of the handset, a large trunk on which she spun herself upside down while singing, and a rotating platform.
She even played a lap steel guitar on huge hits Time After Time and True Colours – further displaying her unbelievable talent.
And not only was it a special night for Cyndi fans, but also for the star too, as it was her birthday. But Cyndi’s mind was on the tragic death of MP Jo Cox – showing the US star’s great consciousness for global issues.
“I had a great night tonight, but I think it would be uncaring of me not to say anything,” she said sadly.
“You guys have lost a great MP – Jo Cox. She shared the same birthday as me. So did the man who tried to save her.
“I love England, but I’m scared. Hate is all around and you’ve gotta fight back with tolerance. The differences between us make us great – and I hope some day we’ll see that.”
On that note, she dedicated True Colours to Jo – and gave such an emotional performance, that I’m welling up just thinking about it. A spine-tingling, tear-jerking rendition which will no doubt stay in the minds of those lucky enough to witness it for weeks.” …
Review by Zyllah Moranne-Brown, GigJunkies:
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… “So at 7.30pm on he comes – “How are we doing? Good to be home…” announces the boy from Bartley Green. He’s chatty and engaing playing us a few tracks from his new album – plus a couple of cover’s including Paul Simon’s ‘You Can Call Me Al’ which we all sing along too. He’s fun and engaging, a performer with a great voice. He was in the foyer, doing the signing, chatting, selfies thing after his performance, check out his new album at all the usual places.
And quick break and here the main lady comes. Full 6 piece band in tow, she’s singing away on a mini stand at the back of the stage – a full height curtain reveals her – to shouts of “Happy Birthday!” from the audience (indeed it is, she’s an incredible 63 today!) Garbed in leather, all country-style, with stetson hat and suitcase (?) in hand, she starts off her set with ‘Funnel of Love’ off her new album (Wanda Jackson cover). A massive cheer from the crowd and we have a hit ‘She-Bop.’ Hat off, pink, punk dreads there is no calmingdwon for Lauper.
“Thank you for the birthday wishes….” in her infamous New York drawl. “I love you all, in a kinda retro, revival way…. you get old with grace….. who the f*** is grace?” she quips. After her hits, her then record company changed, and seated in front of an “accountant” he looked down on her, they way she was. After parting of the ways, she’s now back home and back with Sire. “It’s never too late to do what you want. And never listen to anyone who tells you how you should do it….” Her new album is on vinyl, and she’s excited ny this. The album is available in blue, while the single available in pink – to match her hair!
‘I Drove All Night.’ Wow. sing that song, there is sections where the notes on “night” roll on for ages. Lauper nails it. Bang on. Audition impressed they stand for a resounding standing ovation. Back to country – and she’s standing on a mini revolving stage giving a passionate rendition of ‘The End of the World’ (Skeeter Davis), followed by Patsy Cline’s ‘Walking After Midnight.’ ” …
Review by Shannon Watson, GetToTheFront:
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… “With it being a few years since I had last seen Cyndi live, I wondered if she would still be as good as she was, but she soon put that doubt out of mind, with her voice being as powerful and strong as ever. She possesses great control as she powers through such classics as, She Bop, Money Changes Everything, Time After Time, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, and a favourite of mine, I Drove All Night. She also sang a touching tribute to Prince, with When You Were Mine.
Lauper has always been very visual and quirky, this shone through in her performance – using various props such as an old telephone stand, a rotating turntable stand, and even a panto horse head on a stick!
Before she finally left the stage, she displayed her interest in politics with a solo, lap guitar version of True Colors as a birthday tribute to MP Jo Cox. Coincidentally, Cyndi, Jo, the brave man who attempted to help her, and myself share the same birthday, making it feel all the more important and emotionally charged.”