still having fun

The girl who sang ‘Girls just want to have fun’ has a new look and a 10-year-old son, but she’s still rockin’ - and on New Year’s Eve Cyndi Lauper brings her band to the Sheraton Waikiki for a show she promises will kick it

Friday - December 28, 2007
By Kerry Miller
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Lauper says both her style and her music continue to evolve
Lauper says both her style and her music continue to evolve

Gone are the days when Cyndi Lauper had a punked-out ‘80s hairdo, lots of eye makeup and the spangly jewelry popular dur- ing the decade of neon, hairspray and leggings.

The Cyndi Lauper of 2007 has short, blond hair and her cloth- ing style is more age appropri- ately sexy and modern. Lauper is a mom now, mother to 10-year- old Declyn Wallace Thornton Lauper, and uses her music these days to support human rights causes. What’s also cool about the iconic singer today is that Lauper continues to perform, and rocks out whenever she does. She will bring her energy with her when she comes to the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel New Year’s Eve.

“We’re gonna rock. We’re gonna try to kick some butt,” she says excitedly. “Oh my goodness! I think I’m gonna do new stuff and some old stuff that I’ve never done, or maybe haven’t done since ‘85-‘86.

“It’s a rock show. I’ve got this wonderful band that I toured with in True Colors, and they’re coming with me again on this. The set is a little different, it’s more rockin.’ The couple of tours before I was doing stuff from Body Acoustic (her 2005 release) and I’ll do a little of everything (on New Year’s Eve). It’s a whole new thing - fun,” she laughs.

Lauper performed here last in 1986 and came back last year for some rest and relaxation.

For this week’s visit she’s bringing husband David Thornton and their little boy for some fun in the sun.

“We’ll go explore the island,” says the New York resident.

After her New Year’s concert at the Sheraton, Lauper performs on the Big Island, Maui and then at several venues in Australia. That series of concerts ends in March, and following that Lauper embarks on her second annual True Colors Tour, one that embodies her passion for supporting human rights.

The 2007 inaugural True Colors Tour was sponsored by Logo, the MTV Network channel targeting gay audiences. One dollar from all tickets went to the Human Rights Campaign, an organization which advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.

At all the concerts, information was made available about HRC, PFLAG, Parents and Friends of the GLBT and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The 2007 tour went to 15 cities, starting June 8 and ending around July 4.

Lauper’s Body Acoustic (2005) features acoustic versions of her biggest hits

“The people that were on tour with me, bless ‘em, because they helped raise awareness - Margaret Cho, Erasure, Deborah Harry, the Clicks, Rufus Wainright - all the wonderful bands that came and played with us - the Indigo Girls - they helped raise awareness for people,” Lauper recalls. “And Rosie O’Donnell and her wife, Kelli, they were really helpful to us. I made sure that we were all laughing and singing loud and having a good time, and the information was there that’s all. So it was really to empower people.”

Inspirational help for the TCT came from Lauper’s desire to tour, as well as from her sister’s example. Lauper’s sister, Ellen, did charity work for the gay community in the late ‘90s, and worked at a clinic helping people sick with AIDS.

“I’m not really a politician, and it’s kind of odd for me because sometimes I find myself in sit- uations where I have to talk sensibly about subjects because I have an opportunity to share what I’ve learned with other people. I think basically Americans believe in fairness, we were all raised to believe that. I think that’s gotta be a truism.

“Civil rights isn’t something that’s unfair, it’s just asking for fairness. I just tried to do what- ever I could do. I can’t go build a school, but maybe I could do this. If everybody does a little something, just like Whoopi says. Whoopi Goldberg always says that, ‘If you could do a lit- tle something, do that.’ So, that’s what I’m doing,” she attests.

“I know that if your family’s different from other people and you don’t have anybody to talk to about it, it makes it very dif-


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