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.