Mariah Carey joining Lionel Richie on tour
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.