'Lionel Richie and Friends in Concert' Celebrates a Music Legend and His Timeless Songs
The crowd that came to witness 'Lionel Richie and Friends in Concert' at the MGM Grand Arena taping Monday night (April 2) in Las Vegas were ready to be taken back in time, and they were not disappointed. From the moment Lionel stepped on stage to the final notes of the evening, it really was a night to remember. The audience greeted the pop -- and country -- superstar with a standing ovation when he walked out to sing the first song of the evening, 'All Night Long.' And they were ready to stay ... well, all night long.
The stage was decked out with a huge spaceship hovering over it, with white, yellow and orange running lights. The room was packed with fans to add excitement to the Academy of Country Music's tribute to Lionel, which will air April 13 on CBS.
Tim McGraw came out to declare, "Now that's the way to start off an evening!" He then announced that Lionel's country-star-packed album, 'Tuskegee,' has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country charts.
While waiting for the crew to get ready for the next song, Tim joked he might have to break into some Commodores moves. He told Lionel not to get too comfortable, however, because, "There are a bunch of people who want to sing with you."
Martina McBride talked to the audience about the song she chose to sing, 'Still.' "The first time I heard this song I thought it was so beautiful, and I went out and bought the album so I could listen to it whenever I wanted to. It is the perfect blend of lyrics and music."
Luke Bryan came out to a heavy round of applause. He told Lionel, "I'm not even looking at that teleprompter, because your music has inspired my life." He then went on to say, "Nothing is