True Colors Tour: Gay Woodstock

June 18th, 2007 // 14 Comments

J. Harvey here. I just got back from my catching the True Colors tour stop here in Boston, and let me tell ya – now my heart is full. Granted, I am a cynical icy bitch but I fell for this deal – hook, line and sinker. I feel like I was just at Gay Woodstock. True Colors was conceived by 80′s icon, Ms. Cyndi Lauper and benefits the Human Rights Campaign by raising awareness about hate crimes against the gay community. Seriously? I took the brown acid. Everything was peace and harmony and beats and hot music and wailing and this whole feeling of togetherness that I haven’t felt at a concert in a very, very long time. I almost adopted several baby dykes I was so into it.

The bill was phenomenal -

  • The Gossip (my new favorite band, and I think I want to wipe the sweat from hot It Girl Beth Ditto’s brow)
  • The Dresden Dolls (hometown favorites)
  • Rufus Wainwright (he was a special guest star and despite dressing like an ice cream man from 1956, he had a helluva voice)
  • Debbie Harry (one of the few low points, dude – sing “Heart of Glass”. Please? We really need “Heart of Glass” or christ, just give us “Maria”.
  • Erasure (in top form. Andy Bell is a gay angel and flits about the stage – but the pipes on that hooker, damn! And why is his speaking voice all gay helium yet he can belt out songs like that? Huh?)
  • And finally – Ms. Cyndi Lauper!

Bitch turns out on a show. Ms. Harry needs to take notes because Cyndi will sing the friggin’ “Goonies” theme song because we need to hear classics. She was all over the stage, and raw and powerful and she has my vote for ruler of the known universe. And last but not least – the ultimate fag hag – Ms. Margaret Cho mc’ed the procceedings. She was witty and cute and told it like it was and when’s the last time you heard an arena full of people applaud someone’s death (Jerry Falwell)?

AND! I was privy to rock history. Why? Three reasons and more photos after the jump:

  • Cyndi Lauper and Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls covered Prince’s “When You Were MIne”
  • Cyndi Lauper and Beth Ditto of The Gossip covered Cyndi’s “Time After Time”
  • At the end, everyone came out and sang Cyndi’s “True Colors”, and the high point was Cyndi and Andy Bell of Erasure dueting on it

I can barely breathe.

The evening produced this amazing feeling of solidarity. My icy heart was totally melted. I bought a t-shirt for chrissakes. If you’re down, and like hot shows, and wanna be part of something big – I totally recommend this tour. Check it out! Trust me on this. Would I lie? Ok, yeah but that’s just to get free drinks. I’m not lying this time, I swear!


By J. Harvey

  1. LoRider

    Don’t blame Jerry Falwell for what the Bible says. That’d be like hating Alistair Cook for hosting a bad movie. As luck would have it, I was at a “Red State” convention where we roundly applauded known Brown Dirt Cowboy Charles Nelson Reilly’s passing. Takes all kinds to make a world, doesn’t it? Ride Lo

  2. Darth Paul

    Please, Lo- we’re Falwell for his rabid pursuit to deny homos equal rights and protection under the law; NOT for what the Bible says. It’s about so-called Christian antipathy eroding secular law in the name of “morality”.

    Anyway, Beth Ditto is the Empress. I love her!

  3. LoRider

    We all applauded Charles Nelson Reilly’s passing because we hated him when he was “Hoodoo” on H.R. Puffenstuff.

    As to equal rights for homos, you choose to live the life (whether it’s nature or nurture you CHOOSE what front you present to the world) so don’t get mad when the Christian majority chafes when you try to subvert one of it’s holiest ceremonies to feel like you are included. Marriage performed in a religious ceremony is between one man and one woman – end of debate. Ride Lo.

  4. Gossip Guru

    I drove all the way from Brooklyn to go to that concert and Cyndi turned it out. Beth is amazing! Love, Love, Love Debby, but she was shit : (

  5. peachpie

    ooooo… i love it when someone states some version of fact and proclaims ‘End Of Debate!’. excellent! there’s sure to be loads more to follow. gah i love this site and monday mornings.

  6. LoRider

    I figure “End of Debate” works for the Global Warming nutbags, so I’d give it a try. Ride Lo.


    Lo Rider was probably in the first row frosting his hair,stroking his cher doll and singing show tunes before the show.END OF DISS-CUSSIN.LOL

  8. JungleRed

    Wow, way to rain on a parade of love, huh?

    Now I can’t stop imagining Falwell and Reilly, in a celebrity death match in limbo.

    Jose Chung always wins!

  9. rootabega

    oh, shut the hell up people. sounds like an awesome show!

  10. Mizz Thang

    Is it just me, or is “Lo Rider” the title of a gay porn movie? And, I don’t blame heteros for the poor choices they make, like the umpteenth divorces among them, the child beaters, hiring pedophile priests to run their “churches.” Seriously, I don’t mind heterosexuals as long as they act gay in public.

  11. poor deb – she cant sing blondie songs unless accompanied by others from the band. a legal thing. true. so, blame her only slightly….but it is weird. if it was billed as debbie harry, she cannot sing their stuff. bizarre

  12. Jake

    Cyndi Lauper is a true Humanitarian and I freaking LOVE HER SO MUCH for creating this concert! It was a Blast! WE Love You Cyndi!

  13. Eric

    This was the best concert of the summer!Cyndi Lauper is my new hero! She is absolutely amazing, Her voice never sounded better. The True Colors Tour was a major success and hopefully they will do another one next year! I have never seen Ms. Lauper live before, but I can honestly say that she is the most energetic and talented singer I’ve ever seen in my entire life. The show was BRILLIANT!! and Ms. Lauper deserves much more success. I have become a new fan of her work. Long Live Cyn!!

  14. Jamie

    Love me some Cyndi! She is so great!

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