True Colors (concert tour)

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True Colors
TrueColors EventPoster.jpg
Promotional poster for 2007 leg
Tour by Various
Start date June 8, 2007 (2007-06-08)
End date July 5, 2008 (2008-07-05)
Legs 2
Shows 41 in North America
Cyndi Lauper tour chronology
The Body Acoustic Tour
(2005-06)
True Colors
(2007-08)
Bring Ya to the Brink Tour
(2008)

True Colors was an annual music event created by American recording artist, Cyndi Lauper. The concerts were headlined by Lauper and featured various music and comedy acts. Beginning in 2007, the trek supported the Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Other local and private LGBT charities and foundations were supported as the event grew. The tour began with 16 shows in 2007 expanding to 25 shows in 2008. Lauper's set during the 2008 tour was basically the North American leg of her worldwide Bring Ya to the Brink Tour that year. An outing in 2009 was planned and later canelled. In lieu of the tour, Lauper partnered with Broadway Impact to created the True Colors Cabaret.[1] The show began September 28, 2009 and ran once a month at Feinstein's at Loews Regency. It featured performances from Lauper, Rufus Wainwright, Lea Michele, Jonathan Groff, Jason Mraz, Sara Bareilles, Karen Olivo, Melinda Doolittle and Broadway Inspirational Voices. The shows ran until February 2010.[2]

Background[edit]

Logo TV, was one of the partnering sponsors for the music festival. The channel aired a half-hour special on June 21, 2007 titled Shining Through: Behind the Scenes of True Colors. The special was hosted by Cho at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the special, Lauper explained the purpose of the True Colors Tour:

Friends, family, plus the community is a lot of people and together, we make a very loud sound; and I believe that people don't know the facts. They don't know that you can be fired from your job in 33 states if you're gay and lesbian and transgender and bisexual. They don't know that the hate crime bill does not extend to everyone...Education is so important. So that's what we are trying to do - in a fun, loving way.

—Cyndi Lauper[3]

The HRC received $1 from each ticket sold throughout the tour.[4] The theme of the tour was about eliminating hate, specifically about getting the Matthew Shepard Act passed by the U.S. Senate. In October 2007, the US Congress approved the Matthew Shepard Act, accomplishing one of the goals of the tour. In 2008 True Colors tour visited 23 cities across North America with a cast of acts that was even more impressive than the previous year. The shows featured up to 8 marquee names per night with several collaborations and an encore featuring every act on stage together.

Line up[edit]

Setlist[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

2007[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[8]
June 8, 2007 Las Vegas United States MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 9, 2007 West Valley City USANA Amphitheatre
June 10, 2007 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 12, 2007 Chicago Auditorium Theatre
June 13, 2007 Columbus Value City Arena
June 15, 2007 Atlantic City Borgata Event Center
June 16, 2007 Boston Bank of America Pavilion
June 17, 2007 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 18, 2007 New York City Radio City Music Hall
June 19, 2007 Toronto Canada Molson Amphitheatre
June 21, 2007 Atlanta United States Chastain Park Amphitheater
June 23, 2007 Dallas Smirnoff Music Centre
June 24, 2007 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 27, 2007 San Diego SDSU Open Air Theatre
June 29, 2007 Berkeley Hearst Greek Theatre
June 30, 2007 Los Angeles Greek Theatre

2008[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[9]
May 31, 2008 Boston United States Bank of America Pavilion
June 1, 2008 Wantagh Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
June 3, 2008 New York City Radio City Music Hall
June 4, 2008 Toronto Canada Molson Amphitheatre
June 6, 2008 Ledyard United States MGM Grand Theater
June 7, 2008 Washington, D.C. DAR Constitution Hall
June 9, 2008 Minneapolis U.S. Bank Theater
June 10, 2008 Chicago Chicago Theatre
June 11, 2008 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 13, 2008 Atlantic City Borgata Event Center
June 14, 2008 Bethel Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
June 16, 2008 Atlanta Chastain Park Amphitheater
June 17, 2008
June 18, 2008 Clearwater Ruth Eckerd Hall
June 19, 2008 Sunrise Frank Sinatra Theatre
June 21, 2008 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 22, 2008 Dallas Superpages.com Center
June 25, 2008 Phoenix Dodge Theatre
June 27, 2008 Alpine The Park at Viejas Outlets
June 28, 2008 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
June 29, 2008 Berkeley Hearst Greek Theatre
July 1, 2008 Seattle WaMu Theater
July 2, 2008 Burnaby Canada Deer Lake Park
July 4, 2008 West Valley City United States USANA Amphitheatre
July 5, 2008 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Box office score data[edit]

2007[edit]

Venue City Tickets sold / Available Gross revenue
Auditorium Theatre Chicago 2,684 / 3,448 (78%) $325,261[10]
Radio City Music Hall New York City 5,959 / 5,959 (100%) $590,113[10]
Hearst Greek Theatre Berkeley 7,418 / 7,418 (100%) $498,325[11]

2008[edit]

Venue City Tickets sold / Available Gross revenue
Bank of America Pavilion Boston 3,584 / 5,166 (69%) $219,576[12]
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh 6,663 / 13,514 (49%) $245,295[12]
Molson Amphitheatre Toronto 7,775 / 8,500 (91%) $198,200[13]
Chicago Theatre Chicago 2,072 / 3,136 (66%) $226,985[12]
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands 6,077 / 15,685 (39%) $258,711[13]
Superpages.com Center Dallas 7,589 / 19,878 (38%) $179,639[13]
Dodge Theatre Phoenix 3,044 / 4,861 (63%) $201,147[13]
TOTAL 36,804 / 70,740 (52%) $1,529,553


Broadcasts and recordings[edit]

True Colors
Soundtrack album by Various
Released August 7, 2007 (2007-08-07)
Label Silver Label

A True Colors commemorative album was released on June 12, 2007 through Tommy Boy Records.[14] Physical copies were for sale at the concerts and the album was also available online from the iTunes Store. A reissue commemorative album was again released through the iTunes Store and was available for free download by concert attendees.[15]

Original release
No. Title Artist Length
1. "True Colors Morel's Pink Noise Mix]"   Cyndi Lauper 8:10
2. "Shores of California"   The Dresden Dolls 3:35
3. "Oh Yeah"   The Cliks 4:34
4. "Rock & Roll Heaven’s Gate"   Indigo Girls 4:33
5. "Gay Messiah"   Rufus Wainwright 3:14
6. "What Is Love"   Deborah Harry 3:14
7. "Early Bird [DJ Manolo's True Colors Mix]"   Erasure featuring Cyndi Lauper 4:29
8. "Plastic Surgery Slumber Party"   Jeffree Star 2:12
9. "(Take Back) The Revolution"   The Gossip 6:47
10. "Watch My Mouth"   Cazwell 3:07
Total length:
39:11

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hetrick, Adam (29 November 2009). "Groff, Michele and Lauper Offer True Colors Cabaret at Feinstein's Nov. 29". Playbill. TotalTheater. Archived from the original on 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Hetrick, Adam (22 December 2009). "True Colors Cabaret to Feature Olivo, Wainwright and Perabo in 2010". Playbill. TotalTheater. Archived from the original on 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Shining Through: Behind the Scenes at True Colors. Producer Powell, C., Reichman, D. Air Date 10:00 PM ET/PT. Time length: 30 minutes.
  4. ^ The HRC receives proceeds from each ticket sold for the True Colors Tour.www.truecolorstour.com
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Greene, Andy (6 June 2007). "Blondie's Debbie Harry Shows Her True Colors on Summer Tour". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Nichols, Travis (2 July 2008). "Lauper and troupe keep the True Colors bright". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Hearst Corporation. Archived from the original on 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Cohen, Jonathan (5 March 2008). "Lauper, B-52s Anchoring True Colors Tour". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (13 March 2007). "Erasure, Lauper, Harry Anchor True Colors Tour". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Cyndi Lauper, The B-52s, Rosie O'Donnell and Special Guests Celebrate the Second Annual True Colors Tour Presented by Logo as They Take the Stage to Get Out the Vote With Host Carson Kressley" (Press release). PR Newswire. 5 March 2008. Archived from the original on 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Boxscore: Concert Grosses". Billboard (New York City, New York: Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 119 (29). 21 July 2007. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  11. ^ "Boxscore: Concert Grosses". Billboard (New York City, New York: Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 119 (28). 22 September 2007. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  12. ^ a b c "Boxscore: Concert Grosses". Billboard (New York City, New York: Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 120 (25). 26 July 2008. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Boxscore: Concert Grosses". Billboard (New York City, New York: Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 120 (30). 26 July 2008. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  14. ^ TommyBoy Entertainment Album Page
  15. ^ True Colors tour album re-issue through itunes.www.itunes.com