THE THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS AT
PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO
SATURDAY, JUNE 16 AT 8PM
Las Vegas, NV (April 9, 2011) – R&B supergroup New Edition recently announced a world tour in celebration of their 30th anniversary in the music business. The six members, reuniting for the tour, will make a stop at The Theatre for the Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Saturday, June 16. The show will be an evening of high energy as the band performs many of their hits. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am.
New Edition was formed in the Roxbury section of Boston, MA, by Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Bobby Brown, who began singing together in 1978 while still in elementary school, hoping to perform for pocket cash. They eventually recruited friend Ralph Tresvant as a fourth member, and after winning a talent show in 1980, also added Ronnie DeVoe. More talent show victories followed, including a prestigious gig at the local Strand Theater, where they performed the Jackson 5’s “The Love You Save.” They were discovered by writer/producer/impresario Maurice Starr, who signed the group to his small Streetwise label in hopes of launching a Jackson 5 phenomenon for the ’80s. “Candy Girl,” a song Starr co-wrote for the group, was released as their first single in 1983, when the members ranged in age from 13 to 15. Despite a lack of major-label interest in the group, “Candy Girl” was a smash, topping the R&B charts. Their debut album, also titled Candy Girl, spawned two more R&B hits in “Popcorn Love” and “Is This the End?,” and MCA offered the group a deal.
New Edition released their eponymous MCA debut in 1984 and scored their biggest pop hit with the Top Five smash “Cool It Now,” which ended with a short rap section. The Ray Parker, Jr.-penned “Mr. Telephone Man” soon became their third R&B chart-topper, and the group had reached full-fledged teen idol status. Yet they were growing up fast, as demonstrated on their next album, 1985’s All for Love. Not only were their voices changing, but their material was becoming more adult, with harder-edged funk and more mature romantic ballads. Rumors of Brown’s growing dissatisfaction proved true and he left for a solo career in 1986.
Replacing Brown, and on the wave of limited success, Johnny Gill, a deep-voiced friend of the group, who’d been recording as a solo artist, made his debut on the 1989 album “NE” Heart Break. The album connected New Edition with star producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The move paid immediate dividends, as they scored several R&B hits from the album, including the number one “Can You Stand the Rain.” Meanwhile, Brown had become a superstar with his second album, the new jack swing landmark Don’t Be Cruel. Feeling vindicated by Heart Break, New Edition split up to work on other projects. Gill returned to his solo career, with considerably more success this time around, and Tresvant also went solo. The remainder of the group teamed up as Bell Biv DeVoe and were a great success; their debut album, Poison, was another new jack style-setter and Bivins’ interest in developing new talent gave Boyz II Men their big break.
By the mid-’90s, new jack swing was giving way to new fusions of hip-hop and soul that were alternately more organic or aggressive. Although their status as innovators was secure, many of the New Edition splinter acts had a hard time keeping up and maintaining their career momentum. Thus, given their individually positive reputations, it made sense for the group to announce its triumphant reunion, with all six members participating in what was essentially an R&B supergroup. The public loved the idea; when the comeback album Home Again was finally released in 1996, it debuted at number one, and the first single, “Hit Me Off,” was a smash, hitting number one on the R&B charts. The follow-up, “I’m Still in Love With You,” was another big hit, and the group embarked on a blockbuster tour.
The group has now reunited again for another blockbuster tour.
Tickets, starting at $45 (plus applicable service fees), go on sale Friday at 10am at the Planet Hollywood box office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.