Singer Lionel Richie is beginning a residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada beginning April 2016. “Lionel Richie: All the Hits” has twenty dates confirmed to run April/May and September/October of 2016. Ticket prices are set to range $59 to $219 not including service charges and. VIP packages are also available. Shows will begin at 8pm at the Axis Theater.
The Axis is the largest theater of its kind in the United States as well as the largest theater on The Strip. In 2011 it was voted one of the “Best Concert Halls & Theaters in Las Vegas” making it an ideal venue for fans to see Lionel Richie perform his long list of hits.
Richie is well known for smash hits like “You Are,” “Hello,” “Dancing on the Ceiling,” “Stuck on You,” “All Night Long (All Night),” and “Say You, Say Me.” This extensive catalog of hits makes Richie and Las Vegas a perfect match.
Born Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. in Tuskegee, AL in 1949, Richie formed several R&B groups while a student at the Tuskeegee Institute in the mid-Sixties. He would finally find success as a member of The Commodores. Richie became a singer and saxophonist for the Commodores in 1968 and the group signed with Atlantic Records the same year.
After only releasing one album with Atlantic Records, The Commodores would go on to sign with Motown Records producing songs like “Brick House” and “Machine Gun” these hits established them as a funky, soul group. In the mid-seventies Richie began penning and singing more romantic ballads such as “Easy,” “Three Times A Lady,” and “Still.”
By the late seventies Richie was becoming a highly requested songwriter. He wrote “Lady” for Kenny Rogers which hit #1 in 1980. “Endless Love,” a duet with Diana Ross, hit the charts in 1981. This success encouraged Richie to strike out on his own with a full-fledged career as a solo artist. His first album was self-titled and released in 1982 spawning the hit, “Truly” and cementing Richie’s place as one of the most celebrated balladeers of the 1980s.
No surprise to true fans, Richie’s 1986 hit, “Ballerina Girl” was written for daughter, Nicole Richie. Lionel Richie and his first wife, college sweetheart, Brenda Harvey, adopted the two year old Nicole, informally in 1983. The adoption was made final when Nicole was 9 years old. Harvey and Richie divorced in August 1993 after 18 years of marriage.
The 1992 greatest hits compilation, “Back To Front” would prove to be Richie’s final album with Motown Records. Lionel Richie signed with Mercury Records in the early 1990’s and produced a string of studio albums. While Richie’s albums in the 1990’s failed to match the commercial success of earlier albums, recent albums such as Renaissance, have achieved success in Europe. Since 2004 Richie has produced 6 top 40 singles in the UK.
In 2012 Richie broke into country music with his album, Tuskeegee. Tuskeegee was comprised of thirteen Richie hits re-worked to suit the country genre and recorded as duets with numerous country stars like Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Jennifer Nettles, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, Kenny Rogers, Little Big Town, Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain, and Billy Currington.
Tuskeegee included the hits “You Are,” “Say You, Say Me,” “Stuck on You,” “Deep River Woman,” “My Love,” “Dancing on the Ceiling,” “Hello,” “Sail On,” “Endless love,” “Just For You,” “Lady,” “Easy,” “All Night Long,” and “Angel.”
Lionel Richie has sold over a 100 million albums and his numerous awards and honors also include a grammy for the 1985 hit, “We Are The World” that he co-wrote with Michael Jackson to benefit the charity USA For Africa. Richie has also received a Golden Globe as well as an Academy Award for “Say You, Say Me” written and performed for the major motion picture, “White Nights” in 1985.
At 66, Lionel Richie is the father of three and grandfather of two with the birth of Nicole’s two children. Harlow Winter Kate was born to Nicole Richie and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte in 2008. Joel and Nicole added a son Sparrow James Midnight Madden, on September 9, 2009. Richie’s other children include Miles, born in 1994, and Sofia, born in 1998, with his second wife Diane Alexander. Richie and Alexander divorced in 2004.
A breast cancer activist, Lionel Richie has raised over $3 million for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Breast cancer hits close to home for Richie, his grandmother was diagnosed in the mid-80’s. She was treated successfully and went on to live to 103 years of age. Richie has stated she was his reason for becoming a breast cancer activist.
To this day Lionel Richie continues to sell out stadiums and arenas all over the world. Singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer, Richie has had the kind of varied and storied career most musicians can only dream of and most would certainly describe as legendary. A residency in Las Vegas is just one more feather in Richie’s cap and an even bigger treat for fans new and old.