Fans reel as pop icon Cyndi Lauper says goodbye

Fans were left baffled after music legend Cyndi Lauper made an unexpected announcement: her upcoming US tour will also serve as her farewell.

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

Just one word in that title sent fans into a frenzy when it was announced on social media this week.

“Farewell tour? Nooo,” one fan wrote on Instagram.

“I’m so happy and so incredibly sad. I know you’ve been training since the early ’80s and you should be getting some damn good rest, but I just can’t imagine not seeing you all the time,” said another.

“I hate goodbyes and I’m so grateful I grew up when your music was always on the radio!” said another.

Others took the opportunity to call on Lauper to extend her farewell tour to more countries.

Many fans have expressed hope that Lauper’s use of the phrase “farewell tour” is as elastic as that of fellow pop diva Cher, who embarked on a mammoth 326-date farewell tour from 2002 to 2005. He has since performed two more world tours and two separate Las Vegas residencies, for a total of 430 more concerts.

Here in Australia, music legend John Farnham has announced his titled “farewell” tour The last time in 2002, when he was only 50 years old. Since then she has performed numerous concerts across Australia, including a 37-date national tour in 2009.

Lauper has not yet spoken publicly about what exactly this “goodbye” means: whether it will involve retiring from touring or completely withdrawing from the music business.

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

The film is billed as “a nostalgic exploration of her life and career, with a turbulent narrative anchored by the inimitable Lauper herself.”

The singer has not released a new studio album from her collection of blues covers Deviations in 2016, but has remained active as a touring artist, most recently visiting our shores in March last year as a support act for Rod Stewart.

Let’s hope Lauper returns to Australia for her farewell jaunt, as Australia has always been one of her biggest markets: she had a whopping 10 top 20 hits here in her ’80s heyday, including a number one with his inevitable debut solo single. Girls just wanna have fun.

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