“I don’t know much about Iceland, but I have always wanted to visit the country. When my agent let me know there was a chance to hold a concert in Iceland, I was very excited,” the American singer Cyndi Lauper told Frettabladid. Lauper held the first gig of her extensive European tour in Reykjavik on Sunday evening.
The concert at the new Harpa concert and conference centre proved a great success and covered a great number of her songs, both old and new.
Cyndi Lauper reached the height of her popularity in the mid 1980s with hits like Girls Just Want Have Fun and Time After Time.
“I know that the country is very beautiful and have heard many stories about its volcanoes and giant glaciers. As well as that one of my favourite bands, the Sugarcubes, was from Iceland. I idolised that band when it first appeared on the television and am still of the opinion that Bjork is a genius,” she told Frettabladid.
In response the Sugarcubes’ drummer Sigtryggur Baldursson told the newspaper: “The old girl had several good songs. I didn’t really listen much to her at the time. Not that I am such a egoist; I just had other interests,” adding: “Girls Just Want to Have Fun is obviously a classic.”
He said he was pleased and slightly surprised to hear that Lauper was such a big Sugarcubes fan. The main reason that he did not listen to Cyndi Lauper in the 80s was that he was mostly listening to African and South American music at the time; and not British and American music.
Baldursson missed the concert in Reykjavik because he was performing in Brague and Bergen with Icelandic bands FM Belfast and Hjalmar. Cyndi Lauper and the Eagles both started major tours in Iceland this last week.