I’m a huge fan of Cyndi Lauper, I love her. When I saw that she was going to be doing a rare concert for the 30th anniversary of She’s So Unusual, I jumped at the chance to go. For my birthday present, my friend Scott bought me a meet and greet package as well. Score!
We headed to the Greek theater were the concert was being held in Los Angeles. I love the Greek! After a bit of a cluster with the figuring out where to go and where to pick up the meet and greet passes were were in.
Along with the meet and greet we were going to get a signed poster and a photo with Cyndi Lauper. I’m so excited and don’t want to look fat in my pic. Sigh…
Scott and I talked with a couple other people who were also going to the event and lined up to go inside to meet Cyndi. We were brought to the catacombs of the Greek theater and were in a single file line. We were told that there would be two photos, Cyndi wouldn’t have time to talk. Go up, get your photo. Three count, then second photo and leave.
Now, when I buy a meet and greet you kind of expect at least a meet.. lol… Or a greet.. But you know… It’s fine. I of course brought a couple things to get signed. I have my limited edition She-Bop shaped picture disc and my Cyndi Lauper limited edition Barbie doll. Don’t judge.
Cyndi was running even later and so we waited. Finally she came into the room. I don’t know what I expected but I thought she would be more “on” like she is onstage. She was way more low key than I expected.
People went up one by one and I admit people did not get a lot of time with her. Not much more than a hi. Now, I’m not wanting to be besties or anything but… I did expect a little more than this.
I had my doll (I’m calling it an action figure to make myself feel better from now on) and when it was my turn I just walked up with my primed sharpie. I said, “Hi Cyndi! Would you mind signing my doll/action figure.” Now, here’s where it got a little odd. She said, “Well, not really now?” Then she turned to her handler and shot him a look. I was like wow, there wasn’t like an announcement about not getting autographs, and no one said anything when I walked up.
Cyndi did sign my figure and then I got my two photos.
But I was still like… I don’t know. It wasn’t bad and she was fine, but it still was odd. I don’t think bringing something to get signed to a meet and greet was unheard of and there was about 10-15 other people with things to get signed… So… I wasn’t the only one. I was just first. Then they made an announcement that Cyndi can’t sign anything.
Now, my friend went up and he had a Goonies shirt on clearly. As he was leaving Cyndi said, “You Goonie!”
That was cute.
My action figure looks awesome though! So yay for that!
Then we sat down and got ready for the show.
Can I tell you how awesome Cyndi’s voice is!?!? Amazing. There’s nothing like watching Cyndi Lauper live. She sounds just like she did in 1988. Seriously.
This show was half music and half talking. Now, I know a lot of people don’t like the talking but really it was like being at a taping of VH-1’s Storytellers. Cyndi shared stories of the making of She’s So Unusual. The setlist was the entire She’s So Unusual album played in order. Now, I liked this but it did feel a little uneven for a concert. Hearing Girls Just Want To Have Fun as the second song was surprising. I liked it, don’t get me wrong because it’s an album that I love but live it’s just a little different.
I will say, hearing When You Were Mine live was a real treat and hearing some of the lesser known songs like, “He’s So Unusual” live which probably will never happen again was nice. I’ve seen Cyndi Lauper live about five times now and each time is amazing.
I would honestly recommend going to see her live if you have the chance especially with this tour. The Greek has a strict curfew and so the encore had to be cut short. We got Shine and an abbreviated version of True Colors acapella which was amazing!
After the show we were given a hand signed tour poster (because we had the VIP tickets). It’s stunning… STUNNING!
I had such an amazing night seriously. I got to see an amazing show, get a photo with the frakkin’ iconic Cyndi Lauper and got some cool swag! #awesome
Check out the photos from the concert below!
Until next time kids…
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