Lionel Richie – Seattle: May 30 2014

What an absolutely wonderful show at the Key Arena in Seattle last night.

The show opened with CeeLo Green, who had a very colorful, energetic and sexy stage show with amazing musicians including a horn section. Kind of hate to admit it, but both Toni and I were not at all familiar with his music, and both had different conceptions and expectations of what to expect. We were both very pleasantly surprised. He performed a great mix of both his music and covers. I am now a fan. He is now my favorite contemporary, R&B pop artist (Ok, my only favorite contemporary, R&B pop artist). Beguiling performer and great singer who really got the crowd set for the rest of the night.

Lionel Richie came on the stage around 8:45 and just absolutely hit a home run performance. He is so charismatic, such an incredible song writer, entertainer and still has one of the most wonderfully captivating voices in music. His song library is just absolutely magnificent. He performed tunes that I hadn’t heard in years such as Truly, You Are, Dancing on the Ceiling, Say You Say Me, All Night Long, Stuck on You, Hello, Ballerina Girl, Endless Love (where he psyched the audience out that he had Dianna Ross in to help him sign it…he didn’t)…and the list just went on and on. By far my favorite part of the show were the flash back performances of the great Commodores classics such as Three Times a Lady, Easy, Sweet Love, Just to be Close to You, Lady, Brick House and my all time favorite Commodores song Sail On. He ended the show with a single encore of (believe it or not) We Are the World from the 1985.

We almost didn’t make it to the show tonight, and would have never known what an absolutely incredible show we would have missed. We both left the show saying how much we enjoyed it which seemed to be the sentiment of the rest of the audience, as while walking out I overheard many people totally raving about how this was one of the best shows they have seen in a long time.

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