Leg­ends bring­ing the hits All Night Long

The Province - - ENTERTAINMENT - SHAWN CON­NER

Five rea­sons to see Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie on Sun­day.

1 She’s No. 1

Carey, who is open­ing the tour, is the solo artist with the most No. 1 hits in his­tory. Make of that what you will.

2 Still a ‘diva’

The tour fol­lows Carey’s well-pub­li­cized New Year’s Eve melt­down. Ac­cord­ing to a re­view of an Aug. 19 Madi­son Square Gar­den stop, Carey is still forg­ing her own path. The re­viewer de­scribed the pop vo­cal­ist’s set as “con­fus­ing” (there were stretches when she didn’t sing); “diva”-ish (mem­bers of her en­tourage came out to give her a touchup; male dancers car­ried her around on a gilded throne); and yet “charm­ing in its own way” (when she brought her twins Moroc­can and Mon­roe on stage).

3 Ever the pro

The tour was de­layed af­ter head­liner Richie un­der­went knee surgery ear­lier this year (the Van­cou­ver date is resched­uled from April 27). But the 68-year-old ap­peared spry at the New York show and ea­ger to play. Ac­cord­ing to a Bill­board re­view of the same MSG show, Richie per­formed “with much more growl­ing and smirk­ing than one would ex­pect from some­one who’s al­most 70.”

4 All about the hits

Last year, the Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame awarded Richie its high­est hon­our, the Johnny Mercer Award. No won­der: His cat­a­logue in­cludes All Night Long (All Night), Penny Lover, Hello and Stuck On You — all of which he’s play­ing on this tour.

5 Brick House

Be­sides his solo hits, Richie is per­form­ing songs from his days The Com­modores, in­clud­ing Brick House and, yes, the im­mor­tal karaoke stan­dard Three Times a Lady.

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Mariah Carey per­forms at Madi­son Square Gar­den on Au­gust 19.

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