Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Kevin Winter/Getty Images • April 5, 2017
Cyndi Lauper and Rod Stewart are headed out on tour together this summer (and they're just one of the many joint tours going down in 2017). The duo have promised that they'll be teaming up onstage for a duet... perhaps even Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing," as Stewart teased on Access Hollywood. But this isn't the first time they've shared a show. The pair go back to 1985, when they teamed up to do a different Marvin Gaye song, "Heard It Through The Grapevine."
As we wait for Stewart/Lauper tour, which kicks off on July 6 at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, let's take a look at the moment when they first performed together, and the little tidbits of mutual admiration that followed. Oh yeah, and don't forget to get those tickets!
Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper performed a cover of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" for the AIDS Project's Committment to Life gala in 1985. According to the L.A. Times, it even had Stevie Wonder out of his seat. They also sang "Time After Time" and "People Get Ready." Yep, you guessed it, the photo at the top of this post is from that night.
In all their '80s glory, Stewart and Lauper presented at the Viewer's Choice Award at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1988. They handed off the prize to INXS, with Stewart passing off the duty to his giddy pal.
On the press tour to promote their musical tour, Lauper recalled how Stewart influenced her before her career took off: "When I started, I was singing his songs. I was in the shower, trying to squeeze my voice together so I could sound like him... The fact that he has longevity and that he's a real musician and that he's committed, it's kind of great."
"We've both had the same haircut for 30 years," Stewart joked during an Access Hollywood Facebook Live stream. "We have the same humor. We like the same music. We're bouncing off each other so you know it's going to be fun.
After Lauper talked about the Women's March and her hyped-up faux rivalry with Madonna, Andy Cohen did had a drink with the co-headliners.