True Colors Tour
"May 31, 2008"

Bank of America Pavilion, Boston MA

Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" tour, hosted by former Queer Eye For The Straight Guy host Carson Kressley, opened at Boston's Bank of America Pavilion to a full house of excited revelers dancing in the aisles.

Lauper opened the event with a very heartfelt "welcome," empowering everyone to "stand up for yourself and those you love" by voting. Lauper's exceptional performance highlighted signature hits such as "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "True Colors" as well as "Rocking Chair" and "Rain on Me" from her new CD "Bring Ya To The Brink." During several songs, Lauper played guitar and slide guitar with the very cool Rosie O'Donnell joining her on back up vocals and drums. To everyone's delight, Lauper left the stage several times to dance and parade through the front of the house. The theme of the evening was not just equality but inclusion.

The B-52's, led by Fred Schneider, pounded out hit after hit as the crowd went wild. Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson looked and sounded great as did guitarist Keith Strickland. The ultimate party band, they played their classic hits, such as "Rock Lobster," "Private Idaho" and, of course, "Love Shack." Just the appearance of them on stage had the crowd up and dancing. Intermixed were cuts from their latest CD, "MegaPlex," including "Love in the year 3000," "Juliet of the Spirits" and the very entertaining "FunPlex."

The insatiable Kat DeLuna, in tiers of purple chiffon, opened the evening with her distinctive rhythm-pop-Latino beat sound before being followed by The Cliks, who opened with "Complicated" and ended with "Oh Yeah," from their new album "Snakehouse." The Cliks' incredible driving presence and the sultry gravel of lead vocalist and guitarist Lucas Silverira played just the right blend of dissonance and primal social discord. The Cliks are a very powerful, animated, and extremely talented band of young artists. Jen Benton on bass is very exciting to watch, truly excellent. Regina Spektor, a Russian-born-singer-songwriter, lightened things up a bit with her eclectic tunes.

The evening ended on a pivotal encore of a very soulful rendition of the song "True Colors" sung by Lauper and musical guests while enormous balloons bounced among the audience. If this concert is anywhere near you, don't miss out, it is a lot of music for the money and it is truly spectacular. This event is sure to be heralded as the concert of the summer as the tour makes its way across the United States.