Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Richie set for Odyssey

Ulster music fans will be getting set to say 'Hello' again to the king of silky soul songs, Lionel Richie (left).

Ulster music fans will be getting set to say 'Hello' again to the king of silky soul songs, Lionel Richie (left).

Sunday Life can exclusively reveal that the chart-topping American superstar will be entertaining an Ulster audience 'All Night Long' in the spring.

Richie - the long reigning ruler of romantic love songs - will be performing a hits-packed two-hour show at Belfast's Odyssey Arena on March 26 next year.

The perennially youthful looking star kicks off his latest world tour in Detroit on October 27 - in support of his new album, Coming Home, on sale tomorrow.

The 57-year old Alabama-born artist has sold more than 100m albums - first with his group, The Commodores and then during his a 24-year solo career.

Back in the Seventies and Eighties, Richie was the king of simple, heartfelt balladry, with songs such as Three Times A Lady, Easy, Hello, Stuck On You and Say You, Say Me.

He scored an extraordinary seven US Number One hits - including his finest up-tempo pop moment, All Night Long (All Night).

Richie has made chart history, as the only person to write nine consecutive American chart-toppers every year, from 1978 until 1986.

After taking a lengthy career break, Richie lived up to the title of his 2001 album, Renaissance - shifting two million copies and packing out arenas across Europe, including two sold out Belfast shows.

It is understood that Richie may play a second Belfast show, due to public demand.

Tickets for Lionel Richie's concert - price £38 - go on sale on Thursday, at 9am from the Odyssey box office and usual Ticketmaster outlets. The show is fully-seated.

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