New Edition and TLC’s Black Friday in Detroit

NE Heartbreak Photo credit: Raquelle Harris for Steed Media
NE Heartbreak~Photo credit: Raquelle Harris

Music industry pioneers New Edition and TLC came all the way through at Detroit’s Chene Park last weekend. The supergroups performed for a sold out crowd and they did not disappoint. Officials at the amphitheatre confirmed that only a select few artists draw the Black Friday like lines that formed as attendees entered the venue. Generation Xers and a handful from younger generations were uber excited to feel that old school R&B vibe.

TLC, along with their dynamic backup dancers, opened the show and set the tone for a night filled with sleek vocals and agile gyrations. Despite their personal and professional setbacks, T-Boz and Chilli continue their legacy of kickin’ scrubs to the curb while they creep. The ladies performed many of their hits including “Baby Baby Baby,” “Red Light Special,” and “Waterfalls.” New school artists can learn a lesson in perseverance from TLC as they recently announced that they plan to release a new album later on this year.

Kicking the show into overdrive, New Edition reminded haters how and why they remain relevant after over 30 years in the game. True artistry equals longevity. Bobby Brown was noticeably absent. But, as the old saying goes, one monkey don’t stop no show. It was as if Motown legends, The Temptations, were reincarnated. NE put it all the way down with wardrobe changes, synchronized dance routines and solo segments from Johnny and Ronnie. They performed jams from the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s including “Cool It Now,” “Not My Kind of Girl,” and their latest off of Johnny Gill’s album, “This One’s for Me and You.” Of course, Bell Biv Devoe did some of their hits including crowd favorite “Poison” and the sensual ballad “When Will I See You Smile Again.”

Not a beat or lyric was missed as the crowd sang and danced in sync with the entertainers. The energy was palpable. This was definitely one of the best concerts of the summer. Attendees were heard saying that they’re already anticipating next year’s performance. Check out moments from the show below.

Photo Credit: Raquelle Harris for Steed Media

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