Torchbearer for R&B ballads lights up a Concord, CA Crowd
Lionel Richie, June 1, 2014
Online PR News – 03-June-2014 – San Francisco, CA – Lionel Richie, eclectic and with no shortage of energy or humor, brought it to the San Francisco Bay Area Sunday night. The June 1, concert was the third in a series of 40 sold-out stops in his "All the Hits All Night Long" tour.
Never enigmatic, his creative forces and sheer talent continue to make jagged edges smooth for hundreds of millions. The compositional and instrumental genius' 29 solos elicited nostalgic joy as attendees danced in the aisles and on the green at the Concord Pavilion.
Among the torchbearers for R&B ballads, Lionel Richie fully understands the influence and appeal he has had on family generations. He joked that he's either Lionel, or "Mr. Richie" to his multi-generational fans.
Even with his contrapuntal improvisations and his theatrical, behind the music narratives of selected classics, Lionel Richie never sounded like anyone other than, Lionel Richie. And, at 64-years-young, there's simply no need for any radical makeover. The age-defying, fit and trim Richie not only performed without huffing and puffing, he proved that he is just as dynamically mobile as he was 30-years ago.
He's retro and 2019 at the same time. Richie, accompanied by his 5-piece band, put on a two-hour show that was exhilarating, exciting, and synthetic-free. Among the best of the best, hits performed by the artist were: "Three Times a Lady", "Easy"; "Just to Be Close to You"; "Hello" "My Love"; "Dancing on the Ceiling"; "Brick House"; "Sail On"; "Lady (You Bring Me Up)" and "We are the World" which he closed with.
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