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May 28 2016
The Empower Station: Cyndi Lauper & Boy George's Bangin' Bang A Gong Show Comments (0)
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I've seen Cyndi Lauper perform live probably a dozen (?) times, going back to her True Colors World Tour in (December 14, 1986) and including the Twelve Deadly Cyns World Tour (in NYC sometime in 1994-1995), She's So Unusual: 30th Anniversary Tour (October 20, 2013), her opening slot for Cher (May 9, 2014) and quite a few of her holiday and fundraising gigs (like this one). She's great, but I wondered if I really needed to see her yet again, as I did at the Beacon Theatre here in NYC on Thursday night.

Img151My room, 1987. (L) Full Madonna-cover mags in bags on the wall, plus Eurythmics, Marilyn Monroe, Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, Cyndi Lauper. (R) View of my ceiling, with Madonna, Molly Ringwald, Marilyn, Cyndi, Ally Sheedy, Debbie Harry, Sade and ... Boy George! (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

The real draw for me was Boy George. I absolutely loved Culture Club as a teen; I vividly recall the day I bought Colour by Numbers at a record store in Flint in the '80s. I even had a promo poster for one of the group's video collections on my ceiling, with a huge image of George in full makeup. I also remember the very first time my pals Mike Ashton (at his house) and Eric Olson watched the video for “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” (1982) on MTV and openly discussed the novelty of the dude who totally looked like a girl. Liking George was somewhat of a political statement in a small town—in any town, really.

But even without the tantalizing gayness, I thought Culture Club created two amazing albums (and the other not-half-bad ones), records I listened to and memorized. I was a pretty fair voice mimic for George, too.

Back in the day, Culture Club had a bad reputation as a live act, and I didn't summon the guts to attend any pop tour until Eurythmics' Revenge Tour on August 21, 1986, by which time Culture Club was kaput. Also, I'd heard more recently that George didn't sound so hot on a reunion jaunt, but I believe that was due to vocal issues.

So when I failed to get tickets and the joint gig between Cyndi and George (with Rosie O'Donnell as a special guest) neared, I reached out to a friend with a connection and, after his previous invitees fell through, I found myself seated in the fourth row for what turned out to be a thoroughly satisfying show.

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Cyndi came out first, weirdly; I'd expected George would open for her, considering her relative success and being 3/4 of the way to being an EGOT. She looked great in her pink hair and punky leather get-up, and thanked us all for being there while also ensuring she educated the young'uns about the days when R&B and country were quite close in form. This was relevant because she's recently released a C&W album, Detour. Her roots with Blue Angel make this a good idea:

As reluctant as I was to see her again (at some point, seeing an artist over and over can almost dull my enthusiasm), and as little interest as I had in hearing her do country stuff, her set wound up being phenomenal. She had us on our feet the whole time and was in superb voice.

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DSC08598Cyndi is an instrumental part of my musical taste (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Cyndi gave us four hits and four C&W covers from her new record:

(1) “Funnel of Love” (originally by Wanda Jackson)

(2) “She Bop”

(3) “I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart” (originally by Patsy Montana)

(4) “Walking After Midnight” (originally by Patsy Cline)

(5) “The End of the World” (originally by Skeeter Davis)

(6) “I Drove All Night”

(7) “When You Were Mine” (originally by Prince, covered by Cyndi on her first album)

(8) “Money Changes Everything” (originally by the Brains, covered by Cyndi on her first album)

For her encore, she treated us to one more cover and two of her biggest hits:

(9) “Misty Blue” (originally by Eddy Arnold)

(10) “Time After Time”

(11) “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (with Rosie O'Donnell on the drums)

DSC08644A moment when she was mine (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Just a fantastic performance from her, and I couldn't believe I'd been unenthused going in. She also said something that relates to my false fatigue while she was honoring Prince. She said: 

I hope you appreciate all the artists while you have 'em.

Noted!

DSC08737Wanna be a cowboy 'n' you can be my cowgirl... (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Her other remarks about Prince were respectful without attempting to make it seem she was a major part of his story (she sang his “When You Were Mine” on She's So Unusual, an excellent cover that she performed live at the show perfectly):

I did one of his songs on my first record, and when he passed I couldn't believe it and it broke my heart—a bright light went out ... Life is short. But he was funny, and he was smart as a whip ... he was quirky—but I loved him.

Cyndi joked about Madonna's English accent but quickly said she loved her, and also gushed about being on Sire Records now, a label she had always considered to be so creative, the home of so many punk acts and also Madonna.

DSC08885Cyndi Lauper is 62 years old, y'all! (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Cyndi loves Madonna and Sire, but there was no love lost on Donald Trump when Rosie O'Donnell took the stage for what amounted to a quickie cover while Boy George and his band prepped behind the curtain. Awkwardly, George's voice and other distracting noises were coming through on the monitors, so Rosie kept getting interrupted and eventually just had to shout over it all—glad it was her and not, say, Mindy Kaling.

DSC09117Rosie's set trumped anything The Donald could ever say. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Rosie used her brief time onstage to lambaste Donald Trump. Though she declared the Beacon a Trump-free zone, that wasn't quite true—it was more like an anti-Trump zone, and rightfully so:

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Mar 23 2016
6-PACK — His Life's A Drag + Joe Garagiola Dies + Wish My Easter Basket Was Filled With These Eggs + MMA Is Like What Now? + Madonna's Ex Remakes NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER With Their Son + Cocky Player! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureJoe Garagiola dies @ 90.

*widget boy cultureBuzzfeed shows you a ton of bubblebutts painted like Easter eggs

*widget boy cultureRep. Daniel O'Donnell (D-NY) thinks MMA is like gay porn, should stay banned.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's tour ends, so Guy takes their son away to her fave vacay spot. Ass.

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Mar 22 2016
6-PACK — Terror Suspects Pictured In Airport + Gawker Chief Puts Jury's Decision In A Headlock + Sarah Palin To Daytime TV + Boxer's Big, Big Punching Bag + Latest Celeb Obits + Rosie vs. Drumpf! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureGawker's Nick Denton tears into jury's gigantic judgment for Hulk Hogan.

*widget boy cultureIf you'd let Sarah Palin be your Judge Judy, you're dumber than Ben Carson.

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*widget boy cultureGlamourpuss Rita Gam dies @ 88, Peyton Place actor James Douglas @ 86.

*widget boy cultureRosie O'Donnell taunts Donald Trump on her birthday:

 

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Nov 03 2015
Need To Know: Get Your Kit On + Remember When Britney Was A Virgin? + Trans-gressions + Hillary Rising + Jailbaits Motel + Madonna: '80s Lady + The Candy Woman Can + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton is gaining ground in NH.

*widget boy cultureHillary swats at anti-gay TX guv.

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*widget boy cultureMorons support Trump's ghostwritten book.

*widget boy cultureCan the Senate flip back to the Dems?

*widget boy cultureIs a 20yo who has sex with a 15yo a “sex offender?”

*widget boy cultureTom Jones wonders if he's black, like Carol Channing!

*widget boy cultureAspiring model murders clerk on camera for lottery tickets.

*widget boy cultureGo see Paige Powell's '80s-tastic photos if you're in Portland! Images

*widget boy cultureHappy anniversary, “Justify My Love!”

*widget boy cultureHow Madonna inspired Adele.

*widget boy cultureHOT Hoult Hero cover

*widget boy cultureJustin Bieber scolds fans who can't clap right.

*widget boy cultureForcing a 62-year-old elephant to dance?

*widget boy cultureRosie O'Donnell on estranged daughter.

*widget boy cultureBREAKING: Anderson Cooper & Benjamin Maisani are handsome fellas.

*widget boy cultureI could not love Leah Remini more.

*widget boy cultureGreedy fat bitch steals all the Halloween candy ... with her kid helping! Here's another!

*widget boy cultureLuca is “Feelin' Alive.” Proof is after the jump ...

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Oct 07 2015
Need To Know: Moan Granger + Hillary 2.0 + Pintauro Tested + Her Mothers' Keeper + When Booty Calls + Let's Get Loud + Heavy Wedding + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureSELL OR BE SOLD: Rising-star artist Edward Granger is hot... in two senses. Images

*widget boy cultureDavid Mixner prefers the new Hillary, isn't bullish on her chances.

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*widget boy cultureDanny Pintauro insists he got HIV from oral sex. Images

*widget boy cultureHas Pintauro actually hurt the cause he's trying to help?

*widget boy cultureRIP Chantal Akerman, Belgian director.

*widget boy cultureRosie O'Donnell heartbroken over daughter's tell-all.

*widget boy cultureTHRONE BUTCH BLUES: Treasure found in porta potty.

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*widget boy cultureFind out how to look like Kim Davis. Images

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*widget boy cultureVanity Fair discovers why Billy Eichner is so loud.

*widget boy cultureSuper, super, super, super hot cop.

*widget boy cultureIs Cara Delevingne engaged to her GF?

*widget boy cultureThe Stonewall is a landmark!

*widget boy cultureTHE DEVIL YOU KNOW: Muscly Well-Strung.

*widget boy cultureSuppressive person Nicole Kidman not at daughter's wedding.

*widget boy cultureYou'll love seeing entitled Luke V. Gatti get taken DOWN

*widget boy cultureCIAO, BELLO: It's like Twilight in reverse.

*widget boy cultureWhy? Just La Cause. Images

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Oct 06 2015
Need To Know: ROSIE DEAREST + Death Of An '80s Hottie + Hell-No Homo + Rihanna's Got Her Black + Not So Grace-ious + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureRosie O'Donnell's daughter pulls a Mommie Dearest in Daily Mail. Images

*widget boy cultureJealous bitches always win!!!

*widget boy cultureAnother '80s death: Buffalo Boy Barry Kamen, bro of Nick, dies @ 52.

*widget boy cultureRiRi stands with Rachel Dolezal.

*widget boy cultureHow the ex-gay movement crashed and burned.

*widget boy cultureKordell Stewart denies affair with ex-gay viral star.

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*widget boy cultureHistory of the gay movement post-Stonewall.

*widget boy cultureDoctors Without Borders claims attack was intentional.

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*widget boy cultureMadonna's Rebel Heart Tour continues to collect raves.

*widget boy culture#HISNAMEISCAYDEN: Epic racist thread on social media gets man fired.

*widget boy cultureGrace Jones says Gaga has no soul, risks Little Monster lynch mob.

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Sep 16 2015
Need To Know: Hot News + A Dumb Man Named Brady + Tatum's Wife Story + Grande Illusionist + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureTom Brady is dead to me.

*widget boy cultureElton John brags that tyrannical Putin called him, Putin denies.

*widget boy cultureIs Rosie O'Donnell dating Tatum O'Neal?

*widget boy cultureEmily gets BLUNT.

*widget boy cultureThe gay age-gap is REAL. (And real funny.)

*widget boy cultureAustralia's PM sucks ass on gay marriage after all.

*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton lends support to Muslim teen arrested for homemade clock.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's Rebel Heart Tour adds Asian, Mexican, domestic dates.

*widget boy cultureKim Davis's lawyer blatantly lies, says The View called for her execution!

*widget boy cultureCaitlyn Jenner clarifies gay marriage position.

*widget boy cultureAriana Grande's dollars-to-donuts impressions of Britney & Christina.

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Aug 28 2015
Need To Know: Start Manspreading The News + Creative Ways To Die + Dumb/Dumber 2016 + Hillary Takes Shots At Republicans, Terrorists, Gun Nuts + Caitlyn Is Man-Hungry + Brian Sims Bears Down On LGBT Rights + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureDying man says workaholism in the ad world wasn't worth it.

*widget boy cultureDonald Trump: Admirer of Adolf Hitler.

*widget boy cultureTrump/Palin 2016???

*widget boy cultureHillary wants to end Biden whispers.

*widget boy cultureHillary correctly compares Republicans to terrorists.

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*widget boy cultureJeb Bush's gay pal won't vote for him.

*widget boy cultureDozens of refugees suffocate in Austria.

*widget boy cultureAnna Duggar's family even more extreme than hubby Josh's!

*widget boy cultureMiley Cyrus opens up on the topic of tits.

*widget boy cultureCaitlyn wants a dude to treat her like a woman.

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*widget boy cultureBusted for car theft, she dances her ass off. White, she isn't shot.

*widget boy cultureSlain journalist's dad wants gun control, will shame politicos.

*widget boy cultureEven more proof that Vester Lee Flanagan was a piece of shit.

*widget boy cultureFlanagan was once a gay escort.

*widget boy cultureRep. Brian Sims (D-PA) announces LGBT rights bill

*widget boy cultureKY clerk almost out of appeals on gay marriage.

*widget boy cultureRosie O'Donnell's daughter always wanted out.

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