Bobby Brown performs with New Edition at Tom Joyner Family Reunion in suburban Orlando, Fla. Photo credit: Rance Elgrin
After rushing to the hospital to be by his wife’s side after her medical scare, R&B star Bobby Brown returned to the Tom Joyner Family Reunion concert to perform with his bandmates, New Edition, before a sold-out crowd of 14,000 in suburban Orlando, Fla.
According to BlackAmericaWeb, Brown got onstage and proclaimed: “I’m seven and a half years off of narcotics, 21 days clean of alcohol, and I go by Bad Ass Bobby Brown!”
Prior to the performance, Bobby Brown tweeted a statement about his wife asking to “keep (his) family in your prayers”:Bobby Brown @KingBobbyBrown: “The report that my wife was rushed to the hospital is true. She is recovering and in good spirits. Please keep my family in your prayers.”
Bobby Brown with radio legend and hall of famer Tom Joyner backstage during the Tom Joyner Family Reunion. Photo by Rance Elgrin
According to the Tom Joyner website BlackAmericaWeb:
Brown, wearing a white hat and suit accented by a red handkerchief, performed a set that lasted almost two hours with band members Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Johnny Gill. Brown who appeared in good spirits, was greeted wildly by the audience during the opening and stated, “I’m seven and a half years off of narcotics, 21 days clean of alcohol, and I go by the name Bad Ass Bobby Brown!”
Before the concert, Brown took photos with radio Hall of Famer Tom Joyner backstage, and also shared a moment with a child Cassius, his only child with current wife Alicia Etheredge, blackamericaweb.com reported.
Bobby Brown with his son. Photo by Tony Leavell
Brown and New Edition members of Ralph Tresvant, Michael Bivens, Ronnie DeVoe and Ricky Bell are celebrating their 30th year of performing since being founded in Boston in 1983. Johnny Gill joined the group in the late 1980s when Brown had a short but extremely successful run as a solo artist, particularly with his multiplatinum self-titled album.