It is almost time for the Lionel Richie South Africa tour and, with the opening night drawing closer and closer, Lionel Richie fans are growing more excited by the minute. An award winning – and we mean Oscar award winning – musical legend, Lionel Richie, is one of the world’s bestselling artists, and with such an extensive Discography, it is easy to see why so many are scrambling to get their hands on Lionel Richie tickets.
Gracing South African stages from the 13th of March, 2016, until the 21st of March, 2016, the All The Hits, All Night Long tour is set to rock the socks off long-time fans.
The Lionel Richie Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg tour was announced on the 19th of October, 2015, tickets officially going on sale on the 21st of that same month.
Most definitely the Lionel Richie Concert South Africa has been waiting for, Big Concerts confirmed on the 10th of December, 2015, the addition of a third Lionel Richie concert in Johannesburg, pumping joy into the hearts of many fans.
The Career of Musical Legend Lionel Richie
Taking home almost an uncountable number of awards over the span of his career, Lionel Richie boasts an Oscar win for “Say You, Say Me” (1986), a total of 16 American Music Awards and four Grammys, to name but a few of his achievements.
Born in 1949 in Tuskegee, Alabama, Lionel Richie’s career started during his college days when a group, then called The Mystics, approached him and asked if he could play the saxophone. Later becoming The Commodores, he joined the group in 1968 and the group got its first record deal at Motown Records – a label that boasted the biggest R&B and soul acts of the era including The Jackson 5, Smoky Robinson and The Temptations, to name but a few.
The Commodores, the opening act for The Jackson 5 at that time, released their first single in 1974 titled Machine Gun. Adding the title of songwriter to his already extensive repertoire, Richie made quite an impact in this capacity for The Commodores with titles like Stuck On You and Three Times A Lady.
Deciding to pursue a solo career in 1981, he became one of the most successful artists of the eighties, gracing the ears of fans with hits like All Night Long, Hello and Truly, to name but a couple of his notable songs during this time.
To this day still involved in the ever-changing music industry, Lionel Richie has enlisted some of the industry’s top writers and producers ranging to include well-known artists like Ne-Yo, Akon, Bob Sinclair and Dallas Austin.
Coming Home, this artist’s eighth studio album was released in 2006 and in 2012 Richie returned to his roots, reworking some of his greatest hits into duets with some of Country Music’s biggest stars including Willie Nelson, Little Big Town, Shania Twain and Tim McGraw. The result of this was an Album that reached number one on the Billboard Top 200.
In 2013, Richie launched his Global Tour – All The Hits, All Night Long – including Lionel Richie in South Africa this March. Entailing a two hour set that includes his entire catalogue of music, it is easy to see why fans are so amped and ready to get their hands on the best Lionel Richie tickets.
Music History on the Billboard Hot 100
Starting off in 1982, Truly peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, spending a total of 18 weeks on the charts. You Are peaked at number four on the chart in March of 1983, spending a total of 18 weeks on the chart.
In June of 1983, My Love peaked at number five, spending a total of 16 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. In November of that same year, Richie’s All Night Long peaked at number one, spending 24 weeks on the chart.
1984 was another big year for this artist. In May Hello peaked at number one, spending 24 weeks on the chart and, in August, Stuck on You peaked at number three, spending a total of 19 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. December of that same year saw Penny Lover peak at number eight, spending a total of 18 weeks on the chart.
In December of 1985, Say You, Say Me spent 20 weeks on the chart, peaking at number one on the 21st. In September of 1986 Dancing On The Ceiling peaked at number two, spending 17 weeks on the chart, while in November of that same year Love Will Conquer All spent 18 weeks on the chart, peaking at number nine.
1987 saw Deep River Woman peak at number 71, Ballerina Girl peaking at number seven and Se La peaking at number 20.
Do It To Me peaked at number 21 in 1992, Don’t Wanna Lose You peaked at number 39 in May of 1996 and Angel peaked at number 70 in May of 2001. In 2004 Just For You peaked at number 92 and in October of 2006 I Call It Love peaked at number 62 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
Lionel Richie South Africa Tour – Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg
A Lionel Richie concert is something South Africa fans have been yearning for and the big moment is fast approaching. With a total of five shows on South African soil, you can catch this award winning legend in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The Lionel Richie Durban performance
Taking place on the 13th of March, 2016, the Lionel Richie Durban performance takes place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Ticket prices start from R 400 and increases up to R 1 499. The Lionel Richie concert will start at 19:45.
The Moses Mabhida Stadium has a usual seating capacity of 56 000, but can be up scaled to accommodate 85 000 for larger events. Winning multiple awards since its construction, the design of this stadium itself allows for natural ventilation. Another interesting fact about this stadium is that it has a total of 120 business club and luxury suites, providing a whopping 7 500 VIP seats.
A One Night Only Lionel Richie Concert in Cape Town
The Lionel Richie Cape Town performance is also set to be a spectacular event. Taking place on Friday, the 18th of March at the Cape Town Stadium, ticket prices start at R 430 moving all the way up to R 1 105.
The Cape Town Stadium is a stunning venue with a capacity of 55 000 and featuring over 60 hospitality suites. With facilities for people with disabilities, totalling in 120 wheelchair bays, this stadium in Cape Town also boasts 178 media seats and a total of four television studios.
Three Nights in Johannesburg with Lionel Richie
Johannesburg is the luckiest city with a total of three performances at the Ticketpro Dome. With Lionel Richie tickets starting at R 570 and moving all the way up to R 1 255, fans can enjoy performances taking place on the 15th, 20th and 21st of March, 2016.
The Ticketpro Dome has a standing/seated capacity of 19 000 and features a number of facilities including two Star Suites, two sets of escalators and facilities for people with disabilities. Located in North Riding, Johannesburg, the Ticketpro Dome has played host to multiple local and international acts.
Note: The Lionel Richie South Africa performance that was scheduled to take place on the 16th of March, 2016, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium was cancelled.
But who will be the supporting on-stage face – the opening act, if you will? Well, confirmed on the 8th of February, 2016, by Big Concerts, South Africans were delighted to learn that this role would be filled by South African star Zonke.
Writing, producing and performing her own material, Zonke Dikana has three albums on big international labels, boasting two South African Music Awards (SAMA) and her latest album, titled Work of Heart, receiving three Metro FM Nominations including Best RnB Album and Best African Pop album.
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