On Saturday February 23rd, Charlie Wilson and Tyrese fans were pumped and excited to see two men in R&B music whom have been successful in the music industry LIVE in concert. These men are known for some of their biggest hits, "Charlie, Last Name, Wilson, or "Signs of Lovemaking," from Tyrese's end. Before the show started, there were long, long, and long lines at the Garden in New York City. It was "the concert" that everyone was talking about for weeks. Radio and television personalities constantly reminded fans to purchase their tickets for the sold out concert.
Tyrese Softens the Ladies' Heart:
Tyrese was Charlie's opener so he got the party started for the crowd, mostly ladies when he sung his hook from the song, "What Cha Like," featuring the Da Brat. His facial expressions were full of astonishment, but endearing at the same time because he was performing at the Big Apple. He said, "Not everybody gets a chance to perform in New York City, so I'm going to take my time performing. I'm a grown a** man." And that's what he did as fans were going along with some of his skits. He was testing fans loyalty to love by reinforcing the two number one killers in a relationship: "Pride and Ego." Tyrese played a music trivia game on stage by asking fans if they knew certain R&B songs from Jodeci, Mint Condition, Isley Brothers, and Mary J. Blige's version of "I'm Going Down," from Rose Royce. The trivia game exemplified the fans' grown and sexy swag and homage to R&B music. He also talked about his book "Manology" with Reverend Run. It's a book that discusses an overall perspective about relationships from a man's point of view.
But it was time to get back to business for Tyrese! When Tyrese was singing his popular love ballad, "Sweet Lady," ladies went hysterical because it's a song that honors and appreciate women. And then when Tyrese sang the song, ladies enjoyed his soulful voice as he was trying to connect with his fans. He also played his other song, "Signs of Lovemaking," "How You Gonna Act Like That," "Stay" "The Best in Me" and his hook from Chingy's song, "Pullin' Me Back." He was truly an opener that Tyrese fans will never forget.
Uncle Charlie was the "Life of the Party"!
After the fifteen minute intermission, fans were ready to see the one and only Charlie Wilson. Yes, Charlie! And his opening was phenomenal. A marching band came out on stage to introduce the Gap Band's former lead vocalist. Once Charlie stepped on stage, he wanted to keep the party jumping by playing his hit, "Party Train." Fans were amazed with Wilson's singing capabilities, costume design, dance movements because he can still perform at 60! God Bless him indeed because Wilson is truly an entertainer. The costumes from Wilson, background singers and dancers were colorful and vibrant. They also blended with every song Wilson played during his set, which includes "You Are," "Yearning for Your Love," "Outstanding," "You Dropped a Bomb," "There Goes My Baby," "Can't Live Without You," "Charlie, Last Name Wilson," and many more.
Wilson revealed his personal side to his fans and brought church to the stage. Everyone knows he is from the Gap Band, but a lot of his younger fans didn't know he dealt with some of life's biggest troubles. He said, "I went from rags to riches, riches to rags, rags to the curbs because I was an alcoholic and a crack-cocaine user." And in 2008, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. But, now Wilson is 18 years sober and cancer free because he has personal relationship with God. He asked fans to recognize and appreciate the man upstairs for your blessings. Wilson credits R.Kelly and Snoop Dogg for relaunching his career because they believed he can still bring magic to the entertainment industry.
Wilson and Tyrese performed at Madison Square Garden for their new and old school fans. They are from two generation gaps, but they have one thing in common: their love for R&B music. It was truly revealed during the concert because according to them, R&B is NOT Dead and it won't be anytime soon. From the end result of the concert, Uncle Charlie will still be a living legend and teacher for other R&B and Hip-Hop artists. Meanwhile, Tyrese will be a panty dropper for the ladies, but his voice will dominate his outer appearance.