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Review: iHeartRadio Music Festival Kicks Off with Performances from Morgan Wallen, Black Eyed Peas, Lionel Richie & More


Lionel Richie brings the Hello Tour to the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL on June 11, 2019.

Last night the always star-studded iHeartRadio Music Festival returned to Las Vegas’ T-Mobile arena for a packed evening of performances from the top names in music across all genres and several decades. Kicking things off for the festival’s 2022 lineup, names like Morgan, Wallen, the Black Eyed Peas, Diplo, Sam Smith, Lionel Richie and many more all graced the stage.

Up first for the evening, none other than Mr. Worldwide, Pitbull, helped fans feel the moment with some of his biggest hits like “Don’t Stop the Party”, “Timber”, “Give Me Everything” and more. A late add to the 2022 lineup, Pitbull was a great bonus for the Las Vegas crowd and was a perfect selection to kick things off, although creating a tough act to follow for the rest of the night’s performers.

Next up, Sam Smith blessed the stage and gave fans the perfect blend of the new and the old. Not only did Smith perform some of his biggest early hits like “Latch” and “Stay With Me”, but he delivered a very special performance of his brand new single “Unholy”. Fans not only were treated to the first live performance of the new single, but Smith also brought out the song’s collaborator, Kim Petras, for a unforgettable surprise. Don’t be surprised if their new track becomes one of the hottest songs of the end of 2022.

Following Smith’s 6-track performance, a music icon, Lionel Richie, danced on the ceiling to perform of career spanning set with some of his classics. Just because Richie has been sitting in the judges seat lately, doesn’t mean that he forgot how to perform himself, as the 73-year-old singer still can work a crowd.

Switching up genres for a moment, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney’s The Black Keys gave a big dose of rock to the T-Mobile arena. Although the duo doesn’t perhaps share a huge fanbase with some of the other festival performers, they won the crowd over with their music either way. Continuing to deliver for the older half of the crowd on Friday night, Pat Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo took fans back to the ’80s with classics like “Love is a Battlefield” and an awesome mashup of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” with Benatar’s 1979 single “Heartbreaker”.

Taking things forward a couple decades, the Black Eyed Peas returned to the iHeartRadio stage and reminded fans of the countless number of hits that they have in their back pocket. Without enough time to even perform full versions of their hits, BEP delivered energetic performances of songs like “Let’s Get It Started”, “Where Is the Love?”, “I Gotta Feeling”, “Pump It” and “Boom Boom Pow”. No Fergie, no problem. The Black Eyed Peas will always get a crowd on their feet.

Next up, it was time to bring a little bit of country to the Sin City as country music’s biggest emerging star, Morgan Wallen, was the headlining singer for the night full of music legends. While certainly a country superstar, Wallen’s music casts a wide net and his performances of songs like “You Proof” and “Whisky Glasses” were a perfect fit for the evening.

But what would a iHeartRadio Music Festival be without one of the world’s top DJs? And for that reason, Diplo had to close things out with his mixes of some of the biggest tracks today.

Finally, to close things out with one final surprise, Diplo welcomed back Morgan Wallen to the stage as the two performed their 2020 collab “Heartless” live for the Las Vegas crowd as a final goodbye to the epic night (until the festival runs things back tomorrow of course).


Photos: Lionel Richie Brings The Hits to Summerfest in Milwaukee


Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Weather almost prevented Lionel Richie’s trip to Milwaukee, but the show went on as planned as everyone’s favorite, Lionel Richie, performed for a packed crowd at Summerfest. The “Hello” singer brought all the hits to Summerfest for his headlining set, putting on a show that Wisconsin won’t forget anytime soon!

Check out our photos from Lionel Richie’s headlining Summerfest performance below.

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Photos: Lionel Richie Brings the Hits to the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL


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Lionel Richie brought decades of hits to the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL last night. As part of his headlining Hello Tour, the ‘All Night Long’ singer scheduled a two night residency for the popular summer destination, and he did not disappoint.

Delivering as many jokes as he did number one records, Richie instantly poked light-hearted fun at the Chicago-area festival. “I’m told there are another 400,000 of you on the grass. This is the strangest seating arrangement I’ve ever seen in my life,” Richie joked with the crowd.

“When they said there’s another group of people somewhere else, I said ‘what kind of place is this?’ This could catch on in my neighborhood. I just play in my living room and you all sit outside and buy tickets.”

Making fans laugh at what makes Ravinia so great and unique (an outdoor festival which consists of a pavilion and extended lawn area where many fans don’t have a direct view of the artist), Lionel Richie also had us cracking up with his battles with bugs between performances, even causing one fan to toss bug repellant onto the stage, a first for Richie. But while the jokes were worth the price of admission alone, the night wouldn’t have been complete without hearing the singer’s catalog of hits.

From his classics with the Commodores, like ‘Brick House’ and ‘Easy’ (which kicked off Tuesday’s performance), to his solo hit singles like ‘All Night Long’ and ‘Hello’, there was no shortage of classic performances throughout the night. With a performance that good, one night is not enough, so thankfully Lionel Richie will bring night two to the Ravinia tonight (6/12).

Check out our photos from night one of Lionel Richie’s two night residency at the Ravinia Festival below and check out Ravinia’s remaining schedule here.

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Lionel Richie Announces Headlining Summer Tour


Adding to his list of summer festival dates (Ravinia, Summerfest, etc..), Lionel Richie has announced his headlining 2019 tour.

Kicking off on May 28th at Sugar Land, Texas’ Smart Financial Centre, the “Hello” singer will make stops in Toronto, Springfield, Greensboro, Milwaukee, Detroit, Highland Park and many more, until the tour comes to an end on August 30th in St. Paul. Richie will tour in support of his upcoming Live From Las Vegas LP, currently scheduled for an August 23rd release.

Check out Lionel Richie’s summer tour dates below.

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Ravinia Festival Announces 2019 Schedule: Sting, Lionel Richie, Kesha, Sugarland & More


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Highland Park’s Ravinia Festival has really outdone itself for its 2019 schedule. With a number of memorable performances last summer, from The Beach Boys with John Stamos to 50 Cent’s Ravinia Debut, 2018 set the bar high for the new year.

Lucky for fans in the Chicago area, Ravinia may have booked its best lineup yet. With more shows than we can name, several stand outs from Ravinia’s 2019 schedule include:

  • Tash Sultana (6/1)
  • Rob Thomas (6/6)
  • Josh Groban (6/7)
  • Lionel Richie (6/11-12)
  • Buddy Guy (6/14)
  • Tony Bennett (6/21)
  • Little Big Town (6/28)
  • Counting Crows (6/29)
  • Sugarland (6/30)
  • Steve Miller Band (7/1)
  • T.I. (7/2)
  • Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan (7/6)
  • Maxwell (7/9)
  • Lady Antebellum (7/10)
  • Jennifer Hudson (7/14)
  • Weird Al Yankovic (7/28)
  • Ringo Starr and The Beach Boys (8/3-4)
  • Chicago (8/10-11)
  • Nickelback (8/13-14)
  • Pentatonix (8/15)
  • Sting (8/23-24)
  • Queen Latifah and Common (8/31)
  • Steely Dan (9/1-2)
  • Kesha (9/8)
  • Morrisey (9/14) and more!

Get your tickets now and check out Ravinia’s full schedule now at their official website.

Lionel Richie and Jennifer Lopez Set to Headline Milwaukee’s Summerfest


If you’re a Lionel Richie fan in Milwaukee and it’s him you’re looking for, you’re lucky because the “Hello” singer and pop superstar Jennifer Lopez are set to perform at this year’s Summerfest.

Confirmed by festival organizers, Richie will bring his headlining tour to the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on July 2nd. Also rumored to perform is Jennifer Lopez, who reportedly will perform the Amphitheater the following day on July 3rd. With the festival’s full lineup and ground stage headliners still to come, the two big names are definitely huge additions to the festival.

Check out Summerfest’s official website for more information on this year’s festival.

Las Vegas’ ‘Life Is Beautiful’ Fest Reveals Lineup


The Life Is Beautiful festival, located in downtown Las Vegas, has revealed its 2014 lineup. The festival takes place October 24-26, with a lineup that features acts such as Outkast, Kanye West, Foo Fighters, and many more.

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