Cyndi Lauper to go ahead with concerts to lift Japan's spirits

TOKYO —

Although the effects of Japan’s earthquake disaster are still resulting in concert and event cancellations across the country, American singer and self-confessed Japanophile Cyndi Lauper on Tuesday announced that her Japan tour will go ahead as planned, kicking off with a performance in Tokyo on Wednesday night.

The 57-year-old singer arrived in Japan on March 11 in the midst of the chaos following the earthquake and since that time, she said she had been questioning whether or not to go ahead with the concerts. “I decided if I could bring a just a little courage, just a little joy, then it was worth doing,” she said.

The decision comes just days after long flight delays occurred at Jorge Newbery Airport in Buenos Aires, where Lauper commandeered the PA system to sing “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” and quell angry passengers.

During her live performances in Japan, a collection box is to be left at the venue and Lauper will be asking for donations to help fund the quake recovery.

Lauper’s Japan tour begins with a series of concerts at Shibuya’s Orchard Hall from Wednesday to Friday.

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    benhur

    i guess girls just wanna have fun

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    Sarge

    In Cyndi's case, she also wants to help out.
    You go, girl! ( 57-year-old girl )

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    blunderbuss

    She was the original "J-girl" back in the 80s -- covered in accessories from head to foot -- so it's good of her to help out.

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    shinkansenjp

    She shakes people's souls with her "True colors". She was a fan of J-pop culture in her time, but at 57, she still confirmed her identity as especially most of foreigners are trying to leave Japan, she still stay to warm up Japan's souls.

    If you can warm up other people's souls by real actions, please do it now, don't waste your breath and think too much. You don't know what happen tomorrow. Your assets are changing ...

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    sfjp330

    Cyndi Lauper's style has changed from 80's "True Colors". I saw her in person last summer. Still spacy but a great performer. Actually the only songs that she went back to the past is "True Colors" and "Girls just wana have fun". All other songs that she sang is a current stuff that does not sound anything form the '80's. She has gone back to her roots in Memphis or New Orleans Blues style. Very good voice with feelings and excellent band. I recommend to anybody who has not seen her in person.

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    Ilana888

    Well done Cyndi, you will make so many people happy, and thats what they need right now.

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    taisho999

    She is a great help time after time.

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    dbuurman

    You go girl! Cyndi, I hope you have huge turnouts at your concerts in Japan - give generously everyone. Music is a gift in good times and in bad times - it never fails to lift one's spirit.
    God bless everyone in Japan - the world is supporting you in prayer and thoughts - and in donations to Red Cross and other legitimate charitable organizations worldwide.

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    Nessie

    Sometimes relief efforts themselves create a second disaster.

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    Sarge

    I think Cyndi understands the situation more than most entertainers because she used to be poor.
    In a Rolling Stone interview she said when she first started in show biz, she dressed like she did because of poverty.

    Nessie, I guarantee Cyndi's concerts will not be a disaster.

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    efisher

    I am not a Japanese, if what Cyndi do is good, how about the Japanese artists? I think the concert is good for some days later, but not now.

    The crisis is still at critical moments.

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    taj

    Pamelot, I think you're being a bit harsh. It didn't say anywhere that she wasn't also going to give some of her take to the cause.

    Little things going on as normal, help reduce stress. I was oddly relieved today to see the parking police checking meters this morning.

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    Goals0

    There's an old clip of Cyndi being, as she thinks, forced to listen to some dreadful singer. This had me in tears the first time I saw it. youtube. com/watch?v=xA0pgTuNF68&feature=related

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    OssanAmerica

    How much electricity is this concert going to use? And is it really necessary.

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    TorafusuTorasan

    Candles will be more tasteful than pyrotechnics for the stage show.

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    taj

    Good point, Ossan.

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    GW

    my work is related to a lot of these shows & I can tell you many are furious they are going ahead, there are a lot of people who wud have rather gone to be with family, etc, than do this tour when a lot of the risks & info was basically nil.

    Cyndi cud have done a lot of good at the same time postponing her shows like most other artists are doing, going ahead was/is stupid & simply dangerous for tour support staff & punters alike, stupid beyond belief!

    Sorry but she got this ALL WRONG!!

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    morotoy

    Someone had to stick her/his neck out and bring back a hint of normalcy to life. It could have been a Japanese singer or indeed somone from planet X.

    Point on electrical consumption - valid - and it would be interesting to see how they will rejig the whole show with their lighting design.

    A passionate point made by GW. Your position is clearly understood and is a commendable one. Myself, also being a stage person, might have left the scene or might not have depending on many factors. The point is that there are many more out there, on stage and back, willing to be a part of this show. Why not have fun while you are at it.

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    GW

    morotoy

    IMO normal just isnt going to happen this week, lots of shows this month & April are being postponed, we need to see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel, lot more than power for the show, people on tour eat, sleep, travel etc ALL of that uses resources, for me it isnt the electricity etc so much, its people who are being put at risk, some who likely havent gone home because Cyndi arrived same day as the quake & thats just not right.

    And I am saying this & 80-90% of my income is related to shows & events.

    Yeah I know many say ya go for it when they are around their peers in a group, not many wud back out, but talk to them one on one & many wish the shows wud be postponed because the danger for all of us is still here, we hope its winding down & getting better but we dont know, Cyndi shud cheer on our recovery & come back in June or something imo

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    dirisaya

    Wow! Way to go Cyndi. I am a fan of you since my school days. But do take the necessary precautions anyway. Good Luck!

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