Lionel Richie & CeeLo Green - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach - July 15
Later, as he went into a portion of the evening dedicated to celebrating his songs with the Commodores, he sassed, "You guys were young when I was young, and now you're old and I'm still young." He was right; he really didn't look that much older than he did in his 1980s videos or on the rad vintage T-shirts the merchandise tables were hawking. When you took a look at Lionel's touring band, you wondered if he did have access to a time machine. His guitarist was rocking a jean vest with no shirt underneath, and the saxophone player tooted his horn upside down during "Dancing on the Ceiling." It made it seem he pulled his band right out of a Delorean from 1985.
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Opener CeeLo Green began the festivities promptly at 7:30. Sporting a black muumuu, gold chain, and shades. It was obvious from the lack of the crowd's attention that they didn't know who he was.
The sometime member of Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley was joined by a guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist in short black dresses as he did cover versions of Minnie Ripperton's "Lovin' You," Sister Sledge's "We Are Family," and Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy." He took his sunglasses off for "Crazy." He slowed the tempo down enough so that it almost seemed like a spooky Halloween song.
But it wasn't until the final track of his 40-minute set where the audience realized who they were listening to. He went into his famous song that has two versions. When he got to the chorus, he pointed the microphone to the crowd and let them decide whether to sing "Fuck You" or "Forget You."
CeeLo left, fans cheered, leaving Lionel Richie's ego to conquer.
Lionel Richie Set List:
"All Around the World"
"Running With the Night"
"Stuck on You"
"Dancing on the Ceiling"
"Three Times a Lady"
"Lady (You Bring Me Up)"
"Just to Be Close to You"
"Say You, Say Me"
"All Night Long"
"We Are the World"