Cyndi Lauper Tells Manila Concertgoers to Be 'In the Now'

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MANILA, Philippines -- The last time multi-Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper held a show here was in the early '90s when she was touring for the album "A Night To Remember." Almost two decades later, she returned to give some of her fans something they won't soon forget either.

At the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Mar. 17, Lauper stopped her band from playing during the third song before telling some people to stop taking pictures of her from a certain angle and "trampling" her whenever she would go down from the stage to mingle with them (which she did a lot of times).

"Be can't be pushing on me," she said, adding. "And I don't mind pictures but [don't do it] under my chin...ever seen bad wedding pictures?"

Apparently, what Lauper wanted to do was to stand on a chair in the audience section so she can be with them while still being seen by everyone else at the venue.

Later, Lauper would tell the crowd that she hopes she didn't "scare" them and that she "gets" it.

"Hope I didn't scare you...I wanna see you dancing but no come [down] on me," she said, then later still, making a good-natured remark about being in the now instead of watching the show through a lens.

The minor incident did not mar the show at all with people acceding to the request though some still got close to Lauper and gave her a hug and kiss as she made her way through the crowd.

Ever the brilliant singer, Lauper gave a commanding performance with repertoire culled from her hit albums in the '80s and from those that came after. Her biggest hits such as "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," "She Bop," "Time After Time," "All Through The Night," "Change Of Heart," "What's Going On," "I Drove All Night," were rearranged to fit the band setup she offered that night versus the original electronic sound of these songs that were perfected in the studio. …