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Now that Freestyle Explosion is behind us, the next big show we’re looking forward to at Amalie Arena this month is Lionel Richie and Earth Wind & Fire‘s Sing A Song All Night Long Tour. The concert happens Saturday, August 26. But the tour has already kicked off so we have a pretty good idea of which Lionel classics you’ll hear that night.

The show hasn’t sold out yet, but looking at the Amalie Arena website, I think it’s safe to assume it will by the day of the show. There are only scattered seats left when you look at the seating chart. Tickets start in the $100 range once you add fees. And we’re talking seats that are up in the 300 level for that price.

I saw Lionel for the first time at Amalie about 5 years ago. I’m lucky with this job that I get to go to a lot of concerts. So when one stands out, that’s saying something. This was the first concert I can think of where everyone knew the word to every song from beginning to end. There’s zero filler with a Lionel Richie concert. It’s hit after hit after hit… (pun intended) all night long.

Is it going to be that way on this tour? Not so much. As I look at the set list from the tour kick off, I see a few songs that I don’t know – but you might. There are a lot more Commodores songs on this tour than I remember when I went to that Tampa concert a few years ago.

  • Hello

    I remember at that show in Tampa I went to a few years ago, Lionel sat down at the piano and started with a slow song, “Easy” by the Commodores. He’s starting soft for this one too… and at the piano. But it’s this iconic ballad “Hello” that kicks off the show on this tour. It’s the song that’s fueled many memes in the past decade!

  • Running With The Night

    The tempo picks up quick.  Do you recognize the bridesmaid in this music video?  That’s Sheila E!

  • Easy

    He didn’t open with it, but you won’t have to wait long for the Commodores classic.


  • My Love

    Listen closely for the unmistakable vocals by the late Kenny Rogers. Some criticized the song for being too similar to “Easy.” They might have a point since the songs get the mashup treatment on this tour!

  • Truly

    Another iconic Lionel love song with an unforgettable piano intro. This one ended up becoming a GRAMMY winner for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

  • Stuck On You

    And yet another Lionel classic that’ll have couples in the crowd slow dancing.  After having so much success to this point in his career with pop and R&B, this one really resonated with country music fans in the summer of 1984.

  • Sail On

    Speaking of country music, Lionel recorded a new version of this one with Tim McGraw in 2012.

  • You Are

    … and he did another country collab with Blake Shelton!

  • Dancing On The Ceiling

    As catchy as this one is, it’s taken it’s share of criticism over the years.  Blender magazine had it at #20 on their worst songs of all time list.


  • Three Times A Lady

    Back to the ballads!  This one was the first #1 for The Commodores.  Lionel once said he imagined this song would be better sung by someone like Frank Sinatra.

  • Fancy Dancer

    This is one of those songs I mentioned at the start that wasn’t familiar to me.  But in my defense, I was more into Sesame Street than the Commodores though in 1978.  Jazzy funk here.


  • Sweet Love

    The first Commodores Top 10 hit in the United States recorded in 1975.

  • Lady (You Bring Me Up)

    Early ’80s music videos are fun to watch. No one really knew what to do. Someone thought a soccer match would be the best visual accompaniment to this one.

  • Just to Be Close to You

    The Commodores classic got up to #7 in the summer of 1976.


  • Zoom

    Even though it’s one of the Commodores best known hits, it was never really released as a single.


  • Endless Love

    It helps when you decide to part ways with The Commodores to have Diana Ross sharing the mic. So many have covered this one, from Mariah Carey to Kenny Rogers, Shania Twain to Luther Vandross.

  • Brick House

    This funky favorite on The Q105 Saturday Night Dance Party hit #5 in 1977.

  • Still

    Know who covered this one? Bo Duke! Yup! Dukes of Hazard star John Schneider did this one but it wasn’t nearly as successful, peaking at #69 on the charts. You don’t mess with this classic. Boss Hogg should have arrested him for even trying.

  • Say You Say Me

    A song that was written for the movie White Nights. Crazy part is the song is NOT on the movie’s soundtrack. Even though (and because, really) it hit #1.

  • We Are The World

    Still the 8th best selling single of all time. Lionel wanted to create a 3rd version of the song to help battle COVID-19 in poorer countries.

  • All Night Long

    You can’t not do this one.  The tour is partially named after it.  Did you know this music video was produced by one of The Monkees?!  Yup… Michael Nesmith!

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