The one and only Lionel Richie will be ours to cherish on Wednesday, July 10th when he brings his Hello Tour to the Ted Constant Center in Norfolk, VA for all of us to enjoy his many hits from The Commodores and his solo career in person.
The concert was originally scheduled at the Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion in Portsmouth but will now take place at the Constant Center. For those fans who had pre-purchased their tickets for the Pavilion in Portsmouth, all valid tickets will be honored at the Ted Constant Center on the night of the show. Ticket holders will receive comparable seating in the new configuration at the Constant Center and tickets do not need to be exchanged for the new venue. The show starts at 8 p.m., and doors open at 7 p.m.
For ticket info, go to http://www.constantcenter.com/events/detail/lionel-richie
An international superstar for decades, Lionel Richie is a musical icon and “American Idol” judge who has sold over 100 million albums and has achieved countless honors. Some of them include: an Academy Award®, four Grammy Awards, ASCAP’s “Publisher of the Year,” “Lifetime Achievement Award,” as well as 16 American Music Awards, five People’s Choice Awards, A World Music Lifetime Achievement Award, TV Land Icon Award, Germany’s Echo Award for Lifetime Achievement, Hong Kong’s Rojo Award, Goldene Kamera Award, Italy’s San Remo Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Governors Award, and more.
Lionel has been inducted to both the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame where he earned their most prestigious award, the Johnny Mercer Award. He was also knighted in France and received their Legionnaire Award. Most recently Lionel put his handprints and footprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, one of the oldest awards in Hollywood.
The story by now is well known. Born and raised on the Tuskegee University campus, Lionel also received his Bachelor's degree in Economics there. It was while he was attending Tuskegee University that Lionel bumped into a couple of members of The Mystics who eventually became The Commodores. Because Lionel was carrying his saxophone the group thought Lionel could play it. He was really on his way to class so he could learn how to play it.
The group eventually signed with Motown, where Lionel not only wrote such smash hits like “Three Times A Lady,” “Still,” and “Easy” but he performed them as well.
Lionel has often said that he does not consider himself a singer but more of a storyteller. “I have it all in there,” he declared. “I grew up in the south, which is country. I lived on a college campus, which is gospel. I had Motown and Philly—international and rock ‘n’ roll. I had classical on top of that because of my grandmother.”
At the request of Kenny Rogers, Lionel wrote the song “Lady” and it became a major hit for Rogers. Lionel also wrote and performed as a duet with Diana Ross the song, “Endless Love” for the film of the same name. The song received an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe nomination.
By now Barry Gordy of Motown new he had a star in the making and asked Lionel to do a solo album. It worked, with Lionel receiving his very first Grammy for the hit “Truly.”
Lionel has always said, ‘Thank God for The Commodores, because I never would’ve discovered Lionel Richie.’”
In 1983, his album Can’t Slow Down became a diamond-certified “Album of the Year” winner. It introduced to the world the now classics “All Night Long (All Night),” “Hello,” “Penny Lover,” and “Stuck On You.”
Lionel’s star would continue to rise when In 1984 he performed at the 1984 Olympics Closing Ceremony.
1985 and 1986 were banner years for Lionel. Not only did Lionel co-write “We Are The World,” for USA for Africa and the album We Are The World with Michael Jackson in 1985, it was also the same year that his song “Say You, Say Me” would achieve an Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song.” In 1986 Lionel penned and performed the infectious “Dancing On The Ceiling.”
As the years passed Lionel continued to reinvent himself with such albums as Louder Than Words, Time and Renaissance.
By 2012, Lionel had his tenth full-length album, Tuskegee, where he invited some of country’s biggest names such as Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, and Tim McGraw, to put their own style to Lionel’s hit songs. The album went platinum.
In 2016, he received one of his biggest honors yet, being named MusiCares “Person of the Year.” “I’m really very proud of this,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, this is the Academy Award of our music business because it means you have a career...When you say Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, and Paul McCartney, are you kidding me? When I got in this business I wanted to be like them. When you get recognition like this, it’s everything. It really is the top of the mountain when it comes down to what your industry gives as recognition for great work.”
Yiorgo is a Hampton Roads arts, entertainment and sports writer. A stage, TV and movie actor, he is also an educator, motivational speaker, writer, storyteller and columnist.