Good Afternoon Everybody;
Welcome to my new segment on Ufront Media Insights called Live in Concert with Gaibrielle Matthews. Live in Concert with…. is a music segment where I will give you my play by play of the hottest music concerts this summer and today’s review is the New Edition All Six Tour at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York City. For those you never heard of New Edition let me give their brief background about the group;
Long before N-Sync, Back Street Boys, 98 Degrees and even New Kids On The Block – there was New Edition- the modern day blueprint for Boy Bands. For more than 25 years, “NE” has mesmerized audiences with their signature choreographed shows, smooth vocal harmonies and electrifying showmanship cementing their place in history as one of the most successful touring groups ever. Boasting music’s most notoriously loyal audience, 15 national tours, 18 multi-platinum albums, 4 American Music Awards, 14 number 1 records and countless Billboard Top 20 hits, New Edition remains the unstoppable measurement of true R&B, Hip-Hop and Pop music. The New Edition phenomenon was born in 1983 in Boston, MA with teenagers Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ralph Tresvant. In 1986 Bobby Brown left the group to begin a highly charged solo career – soon after Solo artist Johnny Gill joined the group. New Edition evolved stronger than ever with “Heartbreak” their biggest selling album with three #1 songs. The amazing success and co-existence of both New Edition and Bobby Brown proved fruitful.
In 1989, NE orchestrated one of music’s biggest coups by simultaneously launching Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill’s solo albums, while Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe created a high-octane group and new sound with Bell-Biv-Devoe, which spawned the 4-times platinum cross- over hit “Poison”. Between the various projects, a cumulative 30 million records were sold and together, the men dominated Billboard Charts, MTV, VH-1, BET and stadiums across the country. New Edition was officially a movement. In 1996, realizing the sum of parts isn’t greater than the whole; New Edition along with Bobby Brown executed a triumphant reunion, turning the 6-person band into an R&B mega-group with the multi-platinum album and best selling tour “Home Again”. But it is the group’s dynamic, razor sharp choreography and larger-than-life on-stage persona that remains the undeniable wow-factor that continues to fascinate audiences all over the world. Together for the first time in more than 5 years, New Edition blew the socks off their loyal, awestruck fans with a flawless performance at the Super dome in New Orleans for the 2011 Essence Music Festival.
Now that your up to to speed lets begin, On June 29, 2014 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn NY, I had the time of my life! The New Edition, all six tour, Ralph Tresvant (my favorite) Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Ronnie Devoe, Mike Bivins and Johnny Gill gave a show that I will remember for years to come. I had the awesome privilege of attending their sound check before the concert which was like desert before desert! Ralph even stepped off stage for a bit to greet fans and snap a few photos. Of course I got one :). The whole night was magical. The opening act was R&B singer Joe who did an amazing job.
The legendary DJ Marley marl was spinning on the ones and twos, keeping the crowd hyped and sprinkled with 30 something year olds on up, very entertained in between sets as he spinned classic 90’s hip hop and turned the arena into a massive club party. An impromptu performance by old school artist Jeff Redd drove the crowd wild. Needless to say, by the time NE hit the stage, the crowd was more then ready.
All six hit the stage and it was pandemonium. I literally felt like a 16 year old girl standing there screaming and singing along. Classic songs like “if it isn’t love” “NE heartbreak” “Candy Girl” “Can You Stand the Rain” kept the crowd on their feet and singing along. In addition to the New Edition classics, we also were graced with solo performances by Brown Brown performing his hits along with BBD, Johnny Gill and Mr. Sensitivity himself Ralph Tresvant.
The concert was everything I needed it to be and more! They definitely still have it after 30 plus years of performing. If you’re a New Edition fan, definitely check out this tour, you won’t be disappointed. I left the arena fully satisfied. An NE fan for life!! If you get a chance to catch the tour it is worth your money and here are the tours dates a city near you: http://www.officialnewedition.com/tour-dates/
Thank you and stay tuned to more music and concert reviews on Live in Concert with Gaibrielle Matthews.