Lionel Richie, Tuskegee, 2012 My first trip to America was marred by only one thing: I could not find a vinyl copy of Tuskegee, Lionel Richie’s long-threatened country album of duets. It was nowhere to be found. So I did something no one ever does anymore: I bought a CD. I had to. It’s the LION! Lionel. My man.
Lionel Richie, Dancing On The Ceiling (1986) Lionel Richie had been a big deal – frontman, main songwriter for the Commodores – and a bunch of solo albums. But this is the album that made him a big, big star, a superstar. I love Lionel. Almost anyone who knows me, or reads me, knows that. […]
It’s called the All The His tour and it’ll be a great, great show. Lionel Richie is a terrific live act, all those great songs from his solo albums and the Commodores years. He’s also one of my all-time favourite interviews. And a great show he played in Wellington in 2011. He’s no stranger to […]
I loved Lionel Richie when I was young – which means my folks were fans, I remember the records (his solo ones, and the great music from the Commodores – I couldn’t always tell the difference) around the house; tapes for the car-trips too…and then I arrived back at Lionel a few years ago. An […]
Commodores, Midnight Magic (1979) I love the Commodores – grew up with their stuff, and then on to Lionel Richie’s solo stuff – which I love too. But there’s something special about the blend of songs on Commodores records; that good hard funk and the best of Richie’s ballad work. Sometimes you get elements of […]
Commodores, Live! (1977) You all know that I love Lionel and that I even got to interview him. But for some reason – as far as a lot of people are concerned – it’s fair to love the Commodores but not the solo career of Lionel Richie. And this is just a theory I’ve made […]