Cyndi Lauper is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her breakout debut album, “She’s So Unusual.” The tour rolled into Madison, Wis., on October 29, selling out the Capitol Theater at the Overture Center for the Arts on Tuesday night. Female rock artist Hunter Valentine opened the show and drew a strong response from the capacity crowd.
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The energetic and talented Kiyomi McCloskey fronts Hunter Valentine. She led the four-piece through a brief 25-minute set to get the show started, hitting the crowd with strong vocals and a dynamic stage presence. They played “The Great Canadian Love Song” and edgy “The Pulse” to impress a majority of the audience who were catching their first taste of the Canadian rockers.
As they were leaving the stage just after 8:00 p.m., McCloskey turned around and said, “I don’t know if you’ve ever had a cool boss, but our boss is Cyndi Lauper and she just said to play another song.” The crowd welcomed them back to the stage and it was obvious Hunter Valentine picked up more than a few new fans on the night.
When Lauper took the stage she gave a shoutout to Planned Parenthood, the reproductive health care provider had a stand adjacent to her merch booth in the lobby. She quickly noted the 30-year anniversary to “She’s So Unusual” and then proceeded to perform the landmark album in its entirety, opening with “Money Changes Everything.”
By the time she hit the second song on the album, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” the entire crowd were on their feet and Lauper moved into the audience. She performed most of the song while standing on a chair in the first few rows. Backed by a five-piece band, Lauper treated the evening as a “Storytellers” session. She took the crowd back to the early 80s, treating her fans to tidbits of information on the recording sessions, her personal and musical relationships as the album progressed, and various anecdotes that helped to develop lyrical content.
Lauper’s set wasn’t just limited to her first album. After performing “Unusual” she sang a number of songs that spanned her illustrious career. “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” got fans back on their feet and “True Colors” closed out the night with a concerted sing-along. Lauper also warmed the hearts of the local crowd when she explained how the lakes around Madison inspired her writing “Water’s Edge” after a night in town at the Edgewater Hotel.
The 2013 She’s So Unusual tour continues into mid-November.
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Cyndi Lauper setlist:
Money Changes Everything
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
When You Were Mine
Time After Time
All Through the Night
I’ll Kiss You
He’s So Unusual
The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough
Sex Is In the Heel