Lionel Richie‘s new album Tuskegee, which teams him with some of today’s hottest country stars, is expected to make a big debut on the Billboardalbum chart this week. But the legendary entertainer is continuing his promo campaign: Monday night in Las Vegas, he’ll tape a star-studded Academy of Country Music special that will air later this month on CBS.
Called Lionel Richie and Friends — In Concert, the show is a tribute to Lionel and his career, and will feature an impressive lineup of country stars performing his songs, individually, and as duets with Lionel himself. Lady Antebellum is set to perform “Truly,” The Band Perry will take on “Penny Lover,” Jason Aldean will croon “Say You Say Me” and Martina McBride will do “Still.” In addition, Lionel will sing “Lady” with his old friend Kenny Rogers, and he and Tim McGraw will team up for “Sail On.” Marc Anthony has also signed on to sing “Endless Love” with Sara Evans.
Lionel says he’s a little unsure of what his reaction will be on Monday night when he actually finds himself in the audience at the event. “I have never done a tribute. You know, I don’t know how to be a part of sitting there and being honored,” he says. “I’m not quite sure what to expect because I’m used to being a part of someone’s tribute or being a part of organizing someone’s honor.”
The singer jokes that he may cry at the taping, but adds that the event is “gonna be silly” because, he says, “The crowd is going to get what happened in the studio.” Actually, they’ll get a bit more. “There are people that are gonna be on the special that weren’t on the album,” Lionel explains. “Lady A, for example. Not on the album, but they just said, ‘We’re on it. We’re doing it!'”
Rascal Flatts can’t wait to sing “Dancing on the Ceiling” with Lionel at Monday night’s taping. They recorded that song with him on Tuskegee, and it’s actually been a part of the post-show concert ritual for awhile now.
“That was one of the first songs that we’d play every night after the show was “Dancing On The Ceiling,” explains Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, “so to go out there and be able to perform it with the guy that wrote it and made it a hit so many years ago . . . It’s gonna be great.”
Lionel Richie and Friends — In Concert, filmed at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, will air April 13 on CBS.
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