5 Questions: Cyndi Lauper

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A Grammy, Emmy and Tony award winning artist with 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million, Cyndi Lauper has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. Lauper recently became a New York Times Best Selling author with her autobiography – Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir – published by Simon & Schuster.

SD: How did the idea for you and Rod to tour together happen?

CL: Rod and I shared performed together once in the 80s. We shared the stage at a private event last year. It was great. At the end of the evening he said “we should do that again” Not long after that, my agent called and said the tour was coming together. I was so excited and surprised of course!!! It’s going to be so much fun. Can’t wait to get on the road with Sir Rod.

SD: What are you looking forward to most touring with Rod Stewart?

CL: It’s going to be one big party. Not just for the folks who bought the tickets, but for all of us — our bands, me and Rod. It is going to be fun too. Rod and I actually have a lot in common… we love to perform, love talking about music, and of course fashion. He is quite the funny and charming gent too; it’s going to be great.

SD: What is your favorite Rod Stewart song?

CL: If you ask me to pick just one, don’t think I can do that. I have a lot of faves. I used to sing all of Rod’s songs with my old band. I love them all. I can’t wait to join him on tour and see him performing all my faves songs on stage. I hear on this run he is doing all of his hits, so I will be sitting side stage every single night!!

SD: For so many, the 80’s is the best decade of music. What was your favorite part about being part of the MTV generation?

CL: The 80’s was a great time for music. It was all about originality and authenticity and because it was the birth of music television and we could show our videos on TV, not just at the few clubs that ran videos. We knew we had another way to get our music to our fans and that was exciting.

and deserve to be.. I have had the honor to meet so many young people over the years and to work with many young people through the True Colors Fund. They are the most resilient and inspiring people you will ever meet.

SD: If you were not a musician, what would you be?

CL: I used to paint. Maybe I would have become a painter. I love photographs, so maybe I would have seen if I could have been a photographer. Not sure if I would have been good at either but art and photographs are passions of mine. Or maybe I would have been a makeup artist. I’m pretty good at that.

For more information on Cyndi, visit www.cyndilauper.com. To purchase tickets to see her perform at Xfinity Center with Rod Stewart on July 15th visit www.livenation.com

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