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Lionel Richie Postpones Mariah Carey Tour Due To Knee Surgery

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Knee surgery has forced Lionel Richie to postpone his 35-date joint tour with Mariah Carey. Richie was supposed to launch the tour with Carey supporting him on March 15th at Baltimore, Maryland’s Royal Farms Arena and running through May 27th at Sunrise, Florida’s BB&T Center. There’s been no dates announced for the makeup shows.

Richie announced the tour’s postponement in Twitter, posting: “When you’ve been performing as long as I have, it takes a toll on your body. Unfortunately my recovery from a knee procedure will not have me 100 percent ready to start the tour next month. I don’t want to disappoint my fans and I look forward to being back onstage so we can all be ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ together again. The tour will be postponed until this summer and I’ll announce new dates next week.”

Richie still has several shows still on the books for later this year, including a July 19th show in Paso Robles, California at California Mid-State Fair Grandstand; and a year-closing three night run at Las Vegas’ The Axis At Planet Hollywood on December 27th, 29th, and December 30th.

Meanwhile, OK magazine quoted a tour insider saying there were personality conflicts between Richie and Mariah which were casting a din on the already slow-selling tour: “She’s even demanding the volume on Lionel’s mic be turned down during their duets. Lionel’s made it clear that he’s steering this ship, but there have been some huge fights. And this surprises who, exactly?”

Even today, decades after he became a household name, Lionel Richie still remains humbled that his fans have welcomed him into their heart and homes: “If I ever have a chance to talk to the fans and the people, all I can say is that it’s amazing that the music is still playing and has played as long as it has. But I just want to thank them for the wonderful support, because even while that period when I wasn’t recording, as I traveled around, I can’t tell you how much encouragement that I got from people who walked up to me and said, ‘Lionel, hang in there. Y’know, you’ve been a great inspiration for my family, you’ve been a great inspiration to my life.’ That’s what I really want to do is — which is inspire. And so, y’know, again, I want to thank all those wonderful people for putting that little vote of confidence there.”

March 15 – Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
March 17 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
March 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
March 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
March 24 – Saint Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
March 25 – Chicago, IL – United Center
March 28 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
March 30 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
April 1 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
April 5 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
April 7 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
April 8 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
April 11 – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace Of Auburn Hills
April 14 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
April 16 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
April 18 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
April 21 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
April 23 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
April 25 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
April 27 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
April 28 – Seattle, WA – KeyArena At Seattle Center
April 30 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
May 2 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
May 5, 6 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
May 8 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
May 10 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
May 13 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
May 15 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
May 18 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
May 20 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
May 21 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
May 24 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
May 26 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
May 27 – Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center

Photo Courtesy of Live Nation

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