Mary J Blige Touring With El DeBarge This October
Recently, R&B superstar Mary J. Blige made an appearance on BET’s 106 & Park.
While on the show, Blige revealed plans for a fall tour with Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel (both were in tow) and one other superstar that we’ll get to later.
In making her announcement, Blige could only gush about Sullivan.
“[She is] one of the most amazing female singers out right now in this generation, and of course, she’s got to be a part of my generation,” exalted Blige. “She’s my sister. I love this girl’s voice and spirit. Jazmine Sullivan is for real, and she’s going on the road with me.”
Blige and Sullivan—a Missy Elliott protégé—had teamed earlier in the year at the BET telethon for Haiti.
The tour begins Oct.2 in Atlanta, Georgia and concludes Oct. 23 in Oakland, California. There are 12 dates on the docket including New York, Chicago, and Las Vegas.
Tickets for some Mary J. Blige shows are already on sale to the public.
Blige is between albums. Her Stronger with Each Tear came out in 2009 and her next release, Love Her, is set to drop until 2011.
Sullivan’s sophomore effort, Love Me Back, is due out in October.
Miguel’s debut, All I Want Is You, will be out sometime next year. He’s currently riding the success of his single by the same name.
Just like most of the media coverage concerning Blige’s October outing, Land of Punt has buried the lead. Other outlets did it because they are woefully shortsighted, but LOP did it for dramatic purposes.
Can’t you feel the drama building?
The fourth person touring with Blige this October is none other than… wait for it… wait for it… the great El DeBarge.
El DeBarge was one of the 1980’s greatest singers, if by “greatest” you mean top 100. He fronted the family R&B group DeBarge and then went solo in 1986 with the release of his self-titled debut album.
El DeBarge is a falsetto singer who fit rather nicely into the mold created by Michael Jackson and Prince, just not anywhere near their level of success, talent, or influence.
His comeback album, Second Chance, his first release since 1994, will hit the proverbial store shelves by the end of 2010.
Sadly, in recent years DeBarge has made more headlines for his run-ins with the law then for his pop infused R&B. Conduct a Google image search for “El DeBarge” and you’ll find as many mug shots as snapshots.
One media outlet, Broadwayworld.com, got it right. They ran a story with the headline: “El DeBarge Confirms Tour With Mary J Blige, Kicks Off In Atlanta 10/2.”
That’s the way it should be with DeBarge’s name first. After all, he has guest starred on The Facts of Life. That’s a claim M.J.B. can’t make.
Broadwayworld.com got the headline correct but they bungled DeBarge’s resume.
Here’s an excerpt:
DeBarge will perform a pair of unforgettable smash hits from back in the day—the much-sampled hip-hop favorite “I Like It” and anthemic #1 R&B “All This Love…
They forgot to mention DeBarge’s biggest hit. They left out his most famous song. That is of course “Who’s Johnny” from the movie Short Circuit.
If you recall, Short Circuit is middle movie of the Steve Guttenberg Trilogy. It’s sandwiched between Police Academy and Three Men and Baby.
How could you forget the seminal “Who’s Johnny?” It peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and went to number one on the R&B singles chart. It’s also one of the best songs to come out of the 1980’s.
And since the song is featured in the movie Short Circuit, it puts DeBarge just two degrees away from the great Guttenberg. Again, can M.J.B make that claim? She cannot.
“After so many years away,” explained DeBarge, “I can’t wait to get back onstage, to feel my fans’ love, and give love back to them. It’s been a long time and I wondered if this day would ever come. Now that it’s here, I am overjoyed.”
Just in case you became discombobulated by the news of a DeBarge’s comeback, here’ a recap of the acts joining Blige: soul singer Jazmine Sullivan, R&B singer Miguel, and 80’s legend El Debarge. That’s quite a lineup for a tour that’s just a dozen shows long.
Mary J. Blige and her crew will descend on Atlantic City on Oct. 8 to perform at the Borgata Event Center.
October 1 – Mobile, AL @ BayFest Mobile Music Festival (MJB Appearance Only)
October 2 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre (Tour Officially Begins)
October 3 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Virginia Beach Amphitheater
October 5 – Raleigh, NC @ TBA
October 7 – Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
October 8 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Event Center
October 10 – Mashantucket, CT @ Fox Theatre at Foxwoods
October 11 – 12 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
October 15 – Detroit, MI @ Chicago Theatre
October 16 – Chicago, IL @ Fox Theatre
October 19 – 20 -Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
October 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ TBA
October 23 – Oakland, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion