Fans reel as pop icon Cyndi Lauper says goodbye

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Fans are stunned after music legend Cyndi Lauper made an unexpected announcement: her upcoming US tour will also be a farewell concert.

Lauper, who turns 71 later this month, will embark on a 23-date tour of the U.S. and Canada in October, titled Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: The Farewell Tour.

One word in that title sent fans into an uproar when it was announced on social media this week.

“Farewell tour? Noooo,” wrote a fan on Instagram.

“I’m so happy and so incredibly sad. I know you’ve been working your butt off since the early 80s and you could use a damn good break but I just can’t imagine not seeing you all the time,” wrote another.

“I hate goodbyes and am so grateful that I grew up in a time when your music was constantly on the radio!” said another.

Others took the opportunity to ask Lauper to extend the farewell tour to other countries.

Several fans expressed hope that Lauper would use the term “farewell tour” as loosely as her pop colleague Cher, who completed a gigantic 326-date farewell tour from 2002 to 2005. Since then, she has completed two more world tours and two separate performances in Las Vegas, giving a total of another 430 concerts.

Here in Australia, music legend John Farnham announced his own farewell tour entitled The last time in 2002, when he was only in his early 50s. Since then he has performed numerous concerts across Australia, including a 37-date national tour in 2009.

Lauper has not yet spoken publicly about what exactly this “farewell” means, whether it entails a withdrawal from touring or a withdrawal from the music business altogether.

The news comes as Lauper prepares a new, career-spanning documentary. Let the canary sing, which premieres in Australia tomorrow on Paramount+.

The film is touted as “a nostalgic exploration of her life and career with a lively narrative centered on the inimitable Lauper herself.”

The singer has not released a new studio album since her blues cover collection Redirects in 2016, but she has remained active as a touring artist, most recently visiting our shores in March of last year as the opening act for Rod Stewart.

Let’s hope Lauper does indeed return Down Under for her farewell tour, as Australia has always been one of her biggest markets: in her heyday in the 1980s, she scored an impressive 10 top 20 hits here, including a number one hit with her inevitable debut solo single Girls just want to have fun.


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