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Published: Tuesday April 15, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday April 15, 2014 MYT 8:55:14 AM

Partying all night long with Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie in a deeply tender moment with the ballad Ballerina Girl, which got the crowd swaying at the Arena of Stars in Genting.

Lionel Richie in a deeply tender moment with the ballad Ballerina Girl, which got the crowd swaying at the Arena of Stars in Genting.

It was one mega sing-along party at Lionel Richie’s All The Hits All Night Long concert on Sunday night.

As promised, it was one mega sing-along party at Lionel Richie’s All The Hits All Night Long concert at the Arena of Stars in Genting, Pahang on Sunday night.

Backed by his five-piece band, the Grammy award-winning singer-composer showed us once again why he continues to pack out arenas worldwide.

“Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” he asked as the lights came on and the audience screamed in delight at the concert venue. Despite having concerts in Kuala Lumpur in 2006 and 2010, Richie is still the man to thrill the masses – young and old.

With his wit, humour and passion, the singer was on form as he churned out hit after hit, pacing the night with ballads and dance numbers. Richie began the show with Just For You, a tune from his 2004 album of the same name.

Of course, he didn’t wait too long to hit the 1970s and 1980s classics. Out came the crowd favourites Penny Lover (1983), Easy (1977, Commodores), Ballerina Girl (1985), You Are (1982) and Truly (1982).

Once Richie warmed up, he picked up momentum and got the 5,000 fans on their feet with Running With The Night. That was a blast from the past from his classic Can’t Slow Down (1983) album. Remember Richie in that wedding party dance scene in the Running With The Night music video? He was in that sort of party mood last Sunday in Genting.

He didn’t miss a beat and at 64, sounded better than he ever.

Richie, looking dapper in black, was a true entertainer. He told plenty of little stories, and how people would always turn to his songs when there was a disaster or devastation, heartbreak or were in love.

Those were stories he shared before carrying on with the romantic push of ballads like Still, Oh No and Stuck On You.

No Richie concert is complete without him singing some early hits from the Commodores. There were fans in the crowd who wanted the funk/soul side of this artiste.

Much to the delight of the older fans, he brought out the funk with Brick House, before rolling back the years with the 1970s Motown-era treats like Three Times A Lady (which he wrote for his mother after his father made a toast to a wonderful woman), Sail On, Fancy Dancer and Sweet Love.

He then tried to trick the audience into believing that Diana Ross would appear to do a duet. Some unsuspecting fans actually expected her to walk in as Richie pointed to the stage wings.

“I asked her but she said ... no!” he said, trying to keep a straight face. “I told her this was going to be the best concert in Malaysia and she still said no. But we don’t need Diana Ross. There are 5,000 of you here who can be Diana Ross!”

With that, he launched into the ballad Endless Love, which was originally released in 1981. It was used in the movie Endless Love that same year. A time when actress Brooke Shields was the hottest thing on the planet.

With the help of the Arena of Stars audience and lyrics flashing in the background, Richie made it a karaoke fest to remember.

Just when you thought he couldn’t raise the temperature further, he did. Dancing On The Ceiling had everyone grooving, and throwing “shapes” in the aisles.

Richie performed 21 songs without a break before wrapping up with Hello, All Night Long and the encore, We Are The World, which he co-wrote with Michael Jackson.

“I didn’t invent this saying but, I’ll be back,” he promised as the audience cheered wildly.

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, Entertainment, Lionel Richie, Genting

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