PICS: Cyndi Lauper at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

'Girls just wanna have fun': Pop icon Cyndi Lauper brought the sing-along hits to Chula Vista recently during a huge show with rock legend Rod Stewart.

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The celebrated singer's Aug. 26 show featured 12 great songs, starting with "I Drove All Night," "She Bop," "All Through the Night" (Jules Shear cover), "Hope," "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough," "Money Changes Everything" (the Brains cover)...
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Followed by "Shine," "Alone in the Harbor," "Time After Time," "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Not My Father's Son," and "True Colors."
Later in the night, she returned to the stage to duet with Stewart on "It Takes Two" (a Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston cover). It was glorious! (See our photo gallery of Stewart's performance also on
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It wasn't Lauper's first rodeo with Stewart either -- the two stars hit the road in 2017 as well, and after the tour's incredible reception, they decided to go for round two this year!
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A little history: Her debut solo album "She's So Unusual" (1983) was the first debut female album to chart four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100 -- "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Time After Time," "She Bop," and "All Through the Night" -- and earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. One thing's for certain: She sure knows how to make an entrance, eh?
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Her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture "The Goonies" and her second record "True Colors" (1986). This album included the No. 1 single "True Colors" -- and "Change of Heart," which peaked at No. 3.
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Since 1989, Lauper has released nine studio albums and participated in many other projects. In 2010, "Memphis Blues" became Billboard's most successful blues album of the year, remaining at No. 1 on the Billboard Blues Albums chart for 13 consecutive weeks. In 2013, Lauper won the Tony Award for Best Original Score for Composing the Broadway musical "Kinky Boots," making her the first woman to win the category by herself. The following year, Lauper was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for the show's cast recording.
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Lauper has sold over 50 million albums and 20 million singles. She has won awards at the Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, the New York's Outer Critics Circle, MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), Billboard Awards, and American Music Awards (AMAs). Not too shabby, huh?
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An inductee into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lauper is one of the few singers to win three of the four major American entertainment awards (EGOT). Just one more to go! C'mon Oscar!
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Her debut album is included in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, while “Time After Time” is included in VH1's list of the 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 years. VH1 has ranked Lauper No. 58 of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll. We'd put her higher but hey, who's keeping track?
Fun fact: Lauper has a rare four-octave singing voice!
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Lauper has also been celebrated for her humanitarian work, particularly as an advocate for LGBT rights in the United States. Her charitable efforts were acknowledged in 2013 when the singer was invited as a special guest to attend U.S. President Barack Obama's second-term inauguration. Hats off to you, Cyndi! Come back to San Diego soon!
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