Here are some photos from last weekend’s show in Reno. Because of our distance from the stage and the often subdued lighting, some of the photos were pretty noisy so I had to clean them up a little. That’s why some look a little “soft.” (I used my pocket camera with the 12x optical zoom, which lets me get in close but there’s still the JPG compression which can get ugly in bad lighting.) Several jerks in the front row were sticking their flashing cameras in her face, and she scolded them which put a stop to it. Why are people such inconsiderate twats like that? Do they think an artists wants a bunch of blinding flashes in their face all through a show?
I’m normally very skeptical of white people singing the blues… George Carlin put it best: “What the fuck do white people have to be blue about? …White people oughta understand that their job is to give people the blues, not to get them!” But Cyndi Lauper really gets it — she grew up listening to the blues, all her music has been influenced with the blues, she’s worked with many blues artists, she’s wanted to do a blues album for years and years but her labels wouldn’t let her…so now she’s doing it and touring and topping the blues charts (#1 for nine straight weeks so far). She’s even touring with some famous blues artists, though I couldn’t tell you their names ’cause I have no idea who they are, being a lily-white honky mofo myself. But they’re damn good and they made our trip to Reno worth it.
She’s also playing in Seattle tonight, so we’re going to that as well…I’ll try and get some photos there, too!