Lionel Richie & CeeLo Green - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach - July 15
"You're always going to remember three things from tonight. Where you were, what you were doing, and who you were doing," Lionel Richie told the large crowd at Cruzan Amphitheatre on Tuesday night before letting out that wide grin underneath his signature mustache. He then sauntered over to the piano to sing "Easy."
Say what you will about Lionel Richie, and many critics have over the years, but the man does not lack confidence. He named his tour All the Hits All Night Long, and for the two hours he was on the stage, nearly all of the two dozen songs he played were ones that anyone whose car radio ever got stuck on an easy-listening station would recognize.
Not that Lionel would let you forget how many hits he was responsible for.
From his early songs with the Commodores like "Three Times a Lady" and "Brick House" to his solo career represented by "Dancing on the Ceiling" and "Hello" to the night's closer "We Are the World," you had to admit, Lionel was right when he announced, "You're not going to be hearing me sing these songs; you're going to be hearing everyone around you."
The man got his kicks celebrating his own popularity while insulting his audience, and the crowd loved him for it! When a young women up front asked him for his phone number, Lionel stopped everything to say, "She thinks I'm singing just for her. That's what these shows do to you. You think it's your private concert, but I got 7,000 people to entertain."