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Melissa Etheridge Custom Concert on Oxygen

Filmed: 20 April 2001
Original Airdate: 20 July 2001

Lucy appeared on the Oxygen Custom Concert by Melissa Etheridge wearing an afro wig (that was NOT
her real hair). Lucy said she was a big Melissa fan and was invited to the Oxygen custom concert along
with Tipper Gore.


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From Curve Magazine:

Off the set just a bit sat another Oxygen newcomer, Lucy Lawless, whose show “Xena: Warrior Princess” found a home in syndication on the multi-culti women’s network. Watching from the sidelines, Lawless looked comfortable, casual and without a care in the world, her wild, electrified hair set off by piercing blue eyes and everything else set off by a skintight outfit. Chatting before her cue to go onstage and introduce Etheridge, Lawless admitted she’s still struggling to relax into her new free time-filled schedule. “I feel drunk all the time,” she laughs. “I’ve been basically institutionalized for six years. It has been great fun being in the institution, but now I’m [released] and I’m freakin’ out!” Lawless confesses that she’s not even looking for a new gig yet: “I’ve had a wonderful opportunity. What character can I love as much? What character is going to give me that depth and that scope and that breadth? That was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” 

Part of her free-agent fun is taking advantage of opportunities like the one that brought her here, leg casually swung over her chair, relatively oblivious to the buzz around her while waiting to guest-host for her favorite rocker. Lawless, an Etheridge fan from way back, leans forward to rave, “She rocks out!” in a teenage-girl-in-the-cornfields version of her sultry, down-under accent. She recalls sharing a tiny, one-bedroom flat years ago in Auckland, New Zealand, when she first heard Etheridge’s sultry, gritty, down-home sound on television. “Melissa just exploded on my screen,” says Lawless, erupting into an infectious giggle. “I went right out and bought the album.”  Lawless’ excitement is mirrored by the mostly-female crowd that begins to flow into the studio. The set is deceptively small, lending to the atmosphere of a family gathering.


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