I’ve always been a Lionel Richie fan. To me, some of his ballads are the most romantic ones ever sung.
So, I was glad to be able to catch his All the Hits All Night Long concert in Southern California recently.
The concert was opened by CeeLo Green who is most well-known via the TV show The Voice.
Then the stage was set up for Lionel Richie, with his piano raised in the middle of the stage.
When he first came on stage, he said: “There are two kinds of people here. Those who have been with me since the beginning, since the Commodores, and those who call me Mr Richie.”
Later, he also quipped: “We have been together for a very long time. Think about it. When I was in love, you were in love. When I fell out of love, you fell out of love … You got old. I stayed young.”
I have to say the man looks good to be 64. But more importantly, his voice sounded almost the same as you hear it over the airwaves, and he gave the fans a continuous flow of hits. The ballads include “Easy” and “Truly” “My Love” interspersed with the faster hits such as “Dancing on the Ceiling” and “All Night Long”.
He ended the concert by graciously thanking the audience, especially the fans who have been with him through the years.
It was really an enjoyable show. And it was also inspiring to see and to comprehend the kind of passion and dedication that has made Richie one of the best-selling artists of all time.