Mariah Carey join­ing Lionel Richie on tour

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - TRAVEL - MIKE CIDONI LEN­NOX

LOS AN­GE­LES — Lionel Richie is wel­com­ing full diva be­hav­ior from Mariah Carey when she joins his All the Hits tour this month.

Richie jokes that he ex­pects Carey to bring along a mas­sive en­tourage and might need a “dress­ing room larger than the arena,” but that’s no prob­lem.

“I wanted her to feel in her el­e­ment,” Richie says. “A diva has to do what a diva has to do.”

The Grammy- and Os­car-win­ning singer-song­writer says he in­vited Carey on tour be­cause of her discog­ra­phy of hits and campy vibe.

“It’s go­ing to be camp city,” Richie says. “And I told her, ‘Bring all the camp with you.’”

Richie, a suc­cess­ful solo artist with hits such as “All Night Long,” also was a mem­ber of The Com­modores. Carey is known for hits such as “We Be­long To­gether” and “Honey.”

Richie and Carey’s tour be­gins July 21 in Oak­land, Calif. Richie post­poned the tour’s start in Fe­bru­ary so he could fully re­cover from a knee pro­ce­dure and says he now feels great.

The 68-year-old fa­ther of three — who says he’s writ­ing a book called How to Sur­vive Your Chil­dren — is ac­cus­tomed to dra­mat­ics. He says his daugh­ter Nicole started her act­ing ca­reer as a teenager at home any­time she de­nied wrong­do­ing. Now she’s earn­ing praise for her comedic turn in the NBC sit­com Great News. Richie also starred with Paris Hil­ton in The Sim­ple Life for five sea­sons. The show ended in 2008.

“She has the com­mand of what she wants to por­tray,” Richie says of his el­dest child. “If it’s dra­matic, boy can she be dra­matic. And just funny. That’s a nat­u­ral.”

NBC’s Great News re­turns for its sec­ond sea­son in Septem­ber.

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