Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey have more than enough hit singles to fill the BB&T Center during Richie's All the Hits Tour stop on May 27, but do not discount their newly minted pop-culture relevance for driving this tour.
Tickets for the show will cost $35.70, $55.70, $75.70, $160.75 and $495.75, and go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com, and by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets will be available at the BB&T Center box office (1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise) at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19.
Richie, of course, began his career as a vocalist with the iconic R&B band the Commodores, responsible for such 1970s classics as “Easy,” “Brick House,” “Sail On,” “Just to Be Close to You” and “Three Times a Lady.” As a solo act, Richie released “Hello,” “All Night Long,” “Dancing on the Ceiling,” “Penny Lover,” “Say You, Say Me” and the theme song to the film “Endless Love.”
Now, if you’re a guy, just reading most of those titles may drive you to fill your ears with Sakrete. However, all was forgiven when Richie tweaked the lyrics of “Easy” to croon “Peyton on Sunday morning” in a series of ads for DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket starring retired NFL star Peyton Manning. The spots are hilarious, and Richie both looks great and sounds great.
It’s been more than 25 years since Carey debuted on the Billboard singles chart with “Visions of Love,” one of her 18 No. 1 singles (that’s more than Elvis), a list that includes “We Belong Together,” “One Sweet Day” and “Love Takes Time.”
But last week Carey unveiled her over-the-top E! network reality show, “Mariah’s World,” which may be “a beautiful basket of crazy” (Vanity Fair), but seemingly impossible for critics to look away from. In listing nine reasons to watch “Mariah’s World,” Cosmo called it “E!’s greatest work since ‘The Girls Next Door’.”