Lionel Richie worked his magic effortlessly for the Minnesota State Fair crowd. He played all the hits spanning his solo career and his time with The Commodores.
Lionel made everyone in the stands feel at home, whether the attendees were young or old, or it was their first time seeing him or the twentieth. He encouraged connection, saying “Look (at the people) beside you, in front and in back of you. By the end of the show you’ll know everything about them.” He also added, “How could you not have seen me though, I’m like 200 years old.”
As he sat down to the piano to start the beginning of The Commodores song “Easy,” he assured the audience tonight was “all about the hits.” Richie wasn’t about to be proven wrong either! From the first song, “Running With The Night,” all the way through to the encore, “All Night Long,” he had the State Fair dancing and swaying along. With several hit ballads, it was a snuggle-and-slow-dance type of night for attendees. With a legend like Richie, who can blame them?
Richie, who had nine straight #1 albums, came to the state fair to sing a few songs. He also let the audience know he was confused by the food served at the fair! He called out the big fat bacon and deep-fried candy bars to name a few, “This wouldn’t go over well in California.” No, sir, it would not. Most Minnesotans would be happy to say that.
It was a hit-filled showed that left many a fan “Dancing On The Ceilings”! Time may have moved on, but Richie’s charisma and charm inspire the same feelings to get the audience dancing.