GIRLS Just Wanna Have Fun hitmaker Cyndi Lauper has the perfect pop voice - but now the lady is proving she can also sing the blues, writes Graham Walker.
She is currently promoting her Grammy-nominated blues chart-topping album, Memphis Blues.
And Lauper, with a stunning vocal range, passed the live test with flying True Colours when she opened her eight-date UK Memphis Blues Tour at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.
Full of melody, swagger and attitude she owned the stage.
The Lady Gaga of her time, who has kept reinventing herself, charged through the album, including gutsy highlights Just Your Fool, Shattered Dreams, Early In The Mornin’ and Down Don’t Bother Me.
A five-star performance on and off stage - standing on seats among delighted fans to sing several songs.
The encore included Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Time After Time and a haunting version of True Colours.
Charismatic and flamboyant. You just don’t wanna miss this diva.
* Memphis Blues is out on Mercer Street Records.
SLIDESHOW: Press the play button to watch a slideshow of photos taken during her Memphis Blues concert at Sheffield’s City Hall, on Friday, June 24, 2011.
UK Tour Dates
Mon 20th MANCHESTER BRIDGEWATER HALL 0161 907 9000
Thu 23rd GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL 0141 353 8000
Fri 24th SHEFFIELD CITY HALL 0114 2789 789
Sun 26th BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY 0121 780 3333
Mon 27th BRISTOL COLSTON HALL 0117 922 3686
Tues 28th BRIGHTON DOME 01273 709 709
Thu 30th LONDON HAMMERSMITH APOLLO 08448 44 47 48
Fri July 1 CORNBURY FESTIVAL 0844 338 0000
* Theatre ticket prices £33.50 / £30.00 except £35.00 / £32.50 London – showtime 7.30pm except London 8pm
Official website: cyndilauper.com
Official Twitter: twitter.com/shebop_aka_cyn