True Colors (concert tour)

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True Colors
Tour by Various
TrueColors EventPoster.jpg
Promotional poster for 2007 leg
Associated albumBring Ya to the Brink (2008 leg)
Start dateJune 8, 2007 (2007-06-08)
End dateJuly 5, 2008 (2008-07-05)
No. of shows41 in North America
Cyndi Lauper tour chronology
The Body Acoustic Tour
True Colors
Bring Ya to the Brink Tour

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 cancelled. In lieu of the tour, Lauper partnered with Broadway Impact to create 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]


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 eight marquee names per night with several collaborations and an encore featuring every act on stage together.

Line up[edit]


Cyndi Lauper
  1. "Hole in My Heart (All the Way to China)"
  2. "Grab a Hold"
  3. "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough"
  4. "Set Your Heart"
  5. "When You Were Mine"
  6. "She Bop"
  7. "I Drove All Night"
  8. "Money Changes Everything"
  9. "I'm Gonna Be Strong"
  10. "Shine" (with Rosie O'Donnell on percussion)
  11. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (with Rosie O'Donnell on percussion)
  12. "Fearless"
  13. "Time After Time"
  14. "Take A Chance On Me" (performed with the True Colors line-up minus Deborah Harry)
  15. "True Colors" (performed with the True Colors line-up minus Deborah Harry and the New York Youth pride Chorus)
  1. "Sunday Girl"
  2. "Blue Savannah"
  3. "Drama!
  4. "I Could Fall in Love with You"
  5. "Breathe"
  6. "Sometimes"
  7. "Chains of Love"
  8. "Love to Hate You"
  9. "Sucker For Love"
  10. "A Little Respect"
  11. "Oh L'amour"
Deborah Harry
  1. "Heat of the Moment"
  2. "French Kissin
  3. "Whiteout"
  4. "The Jam Was Moving"
  5. "If I Had You"
  6. "Necessary Evil"
  7. "Rain"
  8. "School for Scandal"
  9. "Rush Rush"
  10. "You're Too Hot"
  11. "Two Times Blue"
Rufus Wainwright
  1. "Sanssouci"
  2. "The Art Teacher"
  3. "Beautiful Child"
  4. "14th Street"
  5. "Rules and Regulations"
  6. "Going to a Town"
  7. "Gay Messiah"
Cyndi Lauper
  1. "Change of Heart"
  2. "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough"
  3. "Rocking Chair" (performed with Rosie O'Donnell)
  4. "Set Your Heart"
  5. "When You Were Mine"
  6. "She Bop"
  7. "Into the Nightlife"
  8. "I Drove All Night"
  9. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
  10. "Same Ol' Story"
  11. "Time After Time"
  12. "Midnight Radio"
  13. "Money Changes Everything"
  14. "Everyday People" (performed with True Colors line-up)
  15. "True Colors" (performed with True Colors line-up)
  • At the May 31, 2008 show in Boston, Massachusetts; Lauper performed "Money Changes Everything" with Lucas Silver, of The Cliks.
  • At the June 3, 2008 show, at Radio City Music Hall; Lauper performed "Midnight Radio" with John Cameron Mitchell

The B-52's
  1. "Pump"
  2. "Mesopotamia"
  3. "Ultraviolet"
  4. "Give Me Back My Man"
  5. "Private Idaho"
  6. "Keep This Party Going"
  7. "Strobe Light"
  8. "Juliet of the Spirits"
  9. "Roam"
  10. "Funplex"
  11. "Party Out of Bounds"
  12. "Hot Corner"
  13. "Love in the Year 3000"
  14. "Love Shack"
  15. "Planet Claire"
  16. "Rock Lobster"
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  1. "Bad Reputation"
  2. "I Hate Myself for Loving You"
  3. "A.C.D.C."
  4. "Everyday People"
  5. "Change the World"
  6. "Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah)"
  7. "Naked"
  8. "Androgynous"
  9. "Crimson and Clover"
  10. "Riddles"
  11. "Cherry Bomb"
  12. "I Love Rock 'n' Roll"
Andy Bell
  1. "Blue Savannah"
  2. "Electric Blue"
  3. "Chains of Love"
  4. "I Could Fall in Love with You"
  5. "Caught in a Spin"
  6. "Early Bird"
Sarah McLachlan
  1. "Building a Mystery"
  2. "Push"
  3. "Possession"
  4. "Adia"
  5. "Ice Cream"
  6. "Angel"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
2007 North American leg[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 North American leg[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 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]

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]
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] 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
True Colors 2007 The Tour CD cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedAugust 7, 2007 (2007-08-07)
LabelSilver 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
1."True Colors Morel's Pink Noise Mix"Cyndi Lauper8:10
2."Shores of California"The Dresden Dolls3:35
3."Oh Yeah"The Cliks4:34
4."Rock & Roll Heaven's Gate"Indigo Girls4:33
5."Gay Messiah"Rufus Wainwright3:14
6."What Is Love"Deborah Harry3:14
7."Early Bird [DJ Manolo's True Colors Mix]"Erasure featuring Cyndi Lauper4:29
8."Plastic Surgery Slumber Party"Jeffree Star2:12
9."(Take Back) The Revolution"The Gossip6:47
10."Watch My Mouth"Cazwell3:07
Total length:39:11
2008 iTunes release
1."Grab a Hold"Cyndi Lauper3:27
2."Funplex"The B-52's4:12
3."Better"Regina Spektor3:21
4."The Con"Tegan and Sara3:29
5."One-Eyed Dog"Mary McBride3:24
6."Allow Me to Introduce Myself... Mr. Right"The White Tie Affair2:57
7."The Weakness in Me"Joan Armatrading3:35
8."Nobody's Supposed to Be Here [Special Slow to Fast Version]"Deborah Cox3:42
9."Oh Yeah"The Cliks4:36
10."Walk Like an Egyptian"The Puppini Sisters2:42
11."Strawberry Street"Lili Haydn4:35
12."Their Cell"Girl in a Coma5:30
Total length:46:48


  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 24 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 24 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 Archived 2008-06-16 at the Wayback
  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. Archived from the original on 24 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. Archived from the original on 24 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. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  8. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (13 March 2007). "Erasure, Lauper, Harry Anchor True Colors Tour". Billboard. Archived from the original on 24 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 24 June 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Boxscore: Concert Grosses". Billboard. Vol. 119, no. 29. New York. 21 July 2007. ISSN 0006-2510.
  11. ^ "Boxscore: Concert Grosses". Billboard. Vol. 119, no. 28. New York. 22 September 2007. ISSN 0006-2510.
  12. ^ a b c "Boxscore: Concert Grosses". Billboard. Vol. 120, no. 25. New York. 26 July 2008. ISSN 0006-2510.
  13. ^ a b c d "Boxscore: Concert Grosses". Billboard. Vol. 120, no. 30. New York. 26 July 2008. ISSN 0006-2510.
  14. ^ TommyBoy Entertainment Album Page Archived 2007-06-19 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ True Colors tour album re-issue through

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