I am a HUGE lover of music. I grew up listening and dancing to everything from disco, to classic rock, to classical, rap, techno, 80s, 90s, and the list goes on. To those that understand, there’s nothing more enjoyable than the memories and feelings that come from certain songs in your life. So when you have a chance to experience it live, it takes it to a whole other level.
A few weeks ago (yeah, I’m pretty far behind on posting anything these days), I went to the Cyndi Lauper and Boy George concert at Wolftrap in Vienna, VA. These two artists were two of my favorites growing up, especially listening to the iconic “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” with my sisters (on repeat). Naturally, I couldn’t wait to hear both of them sing the old songs that brought back so many fond memories. Admittedly, I had kind of thrown them both into a time capsule and never let them out. So when they took the stage separately and together, I was hoping for three hours of nostalgia time. Unfortunately, most of the concert did not give me what I was dreaming of.
Boy George came on first. Even in his mid-50s, he’s still rocking to old tunes, wearing loud outfits, and flirting with male fans. However, he also used that opportunity to perform a hard rock song, which had the (neon and feather boa-wearing) crowd a little thrown but still, it wasn’t bad. His reggae undertones were still there for most of his set and overall, his stage presence and larger-than-life personality were still the same.
Then Cyndi Lauper came out. As tiny as she is, she has an amazing singing voice. The problem is that she used her talent to sing mostly country tunes and slow ballads that no one had ever heard of, nor had anyone really wanted to hear. And, in between these songs, she did a lot of talking – so much talking that someone in the front row told her to shut up and in true form, she hurled a few expletives back at him. It made complete sense why Boy George remarked that his time on the road with her had been an “experience”.
So, we all patiently waited… over an hour… for the one song we all wanted to hear – the one that embodied my entire childhood. And as it turns out, it was worth the wait. For starters, the entire crowd was witnessing history, as this was the last stop on the tour, and the last time that these two would ever perform together on stage again. Boy George was leaving for Australia to perform with the Pet Shop Boys and Cyndi was going to crawl back into the studio to make more country music. Their rendition of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” ended up being a beautiful blend of both of their styles, while finally getting the crowd on their feet for a good-old fashioned party.
All of the clips can be found here. However, I’ve included a clip below.