New Edition, all six members strong, is reunited and eager to embark on their 30th Anniversary Tour! The highly influential R&B crooners who began as progenerators of the “boy band” movement are back with their timeless smooth moves, suave disposition, and heart melting voices. Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, Ricky Bel, Mike Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe and Ralph Tresvant will be capturing hearts once again with all of their most famous songs such as “Candy Girl”, “Can You Stand the Rain” and the chart topping jams that launched their solo careers including “My Prerogative” (Bobby Brown), “My My My” (Johnny Gill), “Sensitivity” (Ralph Tresvant), and “Poison” (Bell, Bivins, DeVoe). This magical night will take place at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 8:00 PM. Tickets for the show will go on sale this Friday, February 24.
The Jackson 5-inspired band produced hits which made them the forerunners of two generations of teen pop. As the band matured and progressed, they laid much of the groundwork for the fusion of hip-hop and R&B music known as “new jack swing”. After New Edition drifted apart, all of the members succeeded significantly outside of the group as part of the new jack movement, which helped ensure that their original incarnation would be remembered for much more than the bubblegum urban soul that made them “New Edition”.
Starting up in the North East during the 1980’s, the boys were quickly discovered by writer/producer/impresario Maurice Starr, who signed the group to his small Streetwise label in hopes of launching a revamped Jackson 5 phenomenon for the '80s. The boys quickly became pop icons and as their fame grew, the boys grew into men, and began singing with a harder-edged funk producing more mature romantic ballads.
Through the breakups, makeups and individual successes of the members, New Edition’s legacy has proceeded on, and thirty years later the demand for an anniversary tour was a certainty for all six of the men. The American tour will be a revitalization of all of the great memories their fans have associated with the numerous billboard topping love ballads and songs guaranteed to get the crowd moving for a much anticipated— unforgettable night.