Just listen to the group gush over the announcement of its 49-date U.S. tour:
"We guarantee this show will be like nothing anyone's ever seen before," boasts Mike Bivins. "I promise our fans a show they will never, ever forget," trumpets Ralph Tresvant. "We're puttin' on the show of all time...Don't miss it," crows Johnny Gill.
The tour, which kicks off in Albany on December 26, will feature all members of the R&B ensemble--original members Bivins, Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell and Bobby Brown, as well as Gill, who replaced Brown in 1987. The band was renowned for its tightly choreographed concerts.
Today's announcement caps a great comeback year for the sextet. A recently released album, Going Home has already reached double-platinum sales, and industry observers say the concerts should be equally successful. "The expectation is that the tour will do very well," said Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the concert trade Pollstar. "We're talking about a group whose individual members have all been successful."
The group split after the release of the post-Brown album Heartbreak in 1988. They haven't toured together since 1986.
This time around, the group promises more crowd-pleasing dancing backed by an eight-piece band, 14 additional dancers and a support crew of 50. In addition to songs from the new album, the performers will revisit their catalog. "We'll be singing New Edition songs past and present, and each of us will take the solo spotlight, too. It'll be five concerts in one--New Edition, Bobby Brown, BBD, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill," said DeVoe.