Lionel Richie is embarking on potentially one of his biggest modern day tours. It is the ‘All the Hits All Night Long’ Tour, and the claim is pretty close to reality. Lionel Richie has enough hits throughout his career to fill an entire setlist or two. He also manages to stay away from new material almost entirely, opting for one modern day cut from 2012’s Tuskegee, called “All Night Long.” Perhaps it is the title of the song and the theme of the tour that keeps it in place.
Regardless, the rest of the setlist is sprinkled with material from his nearly three decades in music. 1986’s Dancing on the Ceiling makes up a decent bulk of it, including “Ballerina Girl,” “Say You, Say Me,” and the title track, “Dancing on the Ceiling.”
Right before that classic 1986 release, Richie put out the equally popular record, Can’t Slow Down. It manages to provide the bulk of his 80’s hits, including “Hello” and “Penny Lover.” Fan favorite “Running with the Night” also makes an appearance.
Most Lionel Richie fans are aware of his time in the famous 70’s disco-pop group, Commodores. To this day, the group remains an important influence in black culture and dance music. The middle of his set consists of anywhere between 6 to 7 Commodores tracks, ranging from the obvious smash hits to slightly more obscure album cuts. The biggest fan reaction comes from tracks such as “Sweet Love” and “Fancy Dancer.”
Potentially, the band’s greatest hit is “Brick House.” Frustratingly for many fans, it is not always played, and is the only Commodores song to not appear on at least 95% of all Lionel Richie setlist’s. Perhaps this is the artist’s way of keeping it special. Commodores hits such as “Three Times a Lady” make the cut, but songs like “Nightshift” and “Too Hot ta Trot” do not.
All Around the World
Running with the Night
Stuck on You
Dancing on the Ceiling
Three Times a Lady
Lady (You Bring Me Up)
Just to be Close to You
Say You, Say Me
All Night Long (All Night)
We Are the World
How long is a Lionel Richie concert?
Lionel Richie pulls out about a two hour concert in total, though some sets are closer to 100 minutes after accounting for venue curfews in some cities. Call the venue to see when the show is set to begin and end, for most venues on this tour are on predetermined scheduling.
Who is opening the show?
CeeLo Green is acting as direct support for the artist on the majority of the tour. There are a few scattered dates where John Farnham, the Australian soul singer-songwriter, is filling in as the opening act. CeeLo Green performs his own set of about 45 minutes in length, with hits such as “Crazy,” “Forget You,” and “Cry Baby” performed on a nightly basis.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Lionel Richie’s tour?
Presale tickets for Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green are available through a number of outlets. Perhaps the most perfunctory is through the official tour Facebook page. The page publicly announced the password required to gain early entrance. It was only announced recently, so there is still time to take advantage of the offer.
Presale Passwords Info is usually a solid source, but they are covering only a select few dates for this tour. Alternatively, you can find the entire tour being covered through the official American Express platform. You need an American Express card for purchase, but nearly every date is accounted for.
Lastly, LiveNation is offering a presale option, but you need to be a CitiNational member. It is worth being one if you attend a lot of large concerts, for LiveNation has the best deals with the best seats specific to members.
Who is Lionel Richie’s publicist and press contact?
Lionel Richie collaborates with the popular Red Light Management Company. The company is located in Los Angeles, but they also have an office in the United Kingdom, specifically Bristol.
“What could have been an in¬cred¬ibly sleepy affair with so many slow love songs actually zoomed by, as Richie basked in his former glory, strolling back and forth across the stage, pausing to tell the history of some of his (and the Commodores’) most well-known hits, including “Still,” “Stuck On You” and “Three Times a Lady.” – Emily Yahr of the Washington Post
“Hits from the Commodores resonated with the crowd, a reggae-tinged version of Easy was impressive, but Richie really shone when performing balkads like Stuck On You on the piano. His 90 minute set was full of highlights including Brick House, Truly, Running With the Night, All Night Long, Endless Love with the crowd singing in place of Diana Ross, but the entire crowd dancing like it was 1982 to Dancing on the Ceiling was a spectacular sight.” – Vicki Anderson of The Press Stuff
“It’s a little destination, just to see,” he said. “The more you don’t think about it, the more the music is there. That’s why I cut the hedges. The poor hedges are being hacked to death, but by the time I’m finished, I’ve got five more songs.”They are catchy and happy, or slow and romantic. They are reworked with the country twang of his native Tuskegee, Ala. And they are loved, worldwide.” – Nicole Brodeur of the Seattle Times
Lionel Richie 2013
Tour Opening Acts: Ryan Carroll
Started September 17, 2013 in Hollywood, Florida | Ended October 18, 2013 in Hollywood, Florida
Lionel Richie Tuskegee Tour 2012
Tour Opening Acts: Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Rasmus Seebach
Started March 14, 2012 in Austin, Texas | Ended December 14, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland
Lionel Richie 2011
Tour Opening Acts: Guy Sebastian
Started June 22, 2011 in Hollywood, Florida | Ended December 4, 2011 in Washington, DC
Lionel Richie 2010
Tour Opening Acts: NA
Started May 29, 2010 in Washington, DC | Ended July 1, 2010 in Lincoln, California
Lionel Richie Just Go Tour 2009
Tour Opening Acts: NA
Started April 8, 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland | Ended June 7, 2009 in London, England