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Thousands of Memphis Natives attended the most iconic concert, the New Edition Legacy Tour!

Thousands of Memphis Natives attended the most iconic concert, the New Edition Legacy Tour!


Memphis, Tennessee- On March 12, 2023, Life In Entertainment had the opportunity to be in the building supporting Black Promoters Collective at the New Edition: Legacy Tour with Keith Sweat, Guy, and special guest Tank. The event was held at the FedExForum this past Sunday at 7 p.m. There were 8,454 people in attendance, witnessing the life and legacy of New Edition, Keith Sweat, Guy, and Tank. The audience greeted each performer with an uproar of love and support for their achievements and musical influences from men and women of all ages. The entire show was flawless and riveting, and here are some reviews.

Review #1:

LeNiece Woods to Nubian Queen Management PR, "I enjoyed the show. It gets a "go to the show" for me. They included great visuals, sound effects, dancing, and great vocals."

Review #2:

"Tonight owes me nothing; My boo did his thing tonight." -Audience member

Below are the bios of each performer with snippets of their performances. The tour is still available to receive the whole experience!

You can still purchase tickets at Ticketmaster.


About Tank

Photo credit: Singersroom Tank

Tank has hit the Top Ten of the Billboard 200 with Force of Nature (his 2001 debut), the Grammy-nominated Sex Love & Pain (2007), and This Is How I Feel (2012), and achieved the feat a fourth time with Three Kings (2013), as one-third of TGT, beside peers Tyrese and Ginuwine. He's a longtime favorite of urban adult contemporary radio stations, having topped the Adult R&B chart with singles ranging from "Please Don't Go" (2007) to "Can't Let It Show" (2021). One factor in Tank's enduring relevance has been his collaborative work behind the scenes, frequently in support of younger vocalists. Among his most well-known songs as a writer or featured singer is Pleasure P's Top Five R&B/hip-hop hit "Under" and Chris Brown's "Take My Time," both of whom were nominated for Grammy awards in the R&B field. Tank delivered his tenth album, R&B Money, in 2022.


About GUY

Guy, who appeared on the scene in 1987 during the New Jack movement, was the first incarnation of the group of Aaron Hall and Timmy Gatling, both students at HBCU Virginia State University. Teddy Riley formed the group, and together, they helped drive the movement. Their self-titled debut album released the same year was a hit, with the single 'Groove Me' reaching #4 on 'Teddy's Jam' reaching #5 on the R&B charts. The album's last single, 'I Like,' managed to get #2 on the R&B charts. With a robust set of singles, the album managed to go double platinum. Gatling left the group after the release of their first album and was replaced by Aaron's younger brother Damian. In 1990, the group released its second album, The Future. The album went platinum and featured the hits 'Wanna Get With You' which reached #4 on the R&B charts, 'Let's Chill,' which came at #3, 'Do Me Right' which reached #2 and 'D-O-G Me Out' which got #8. Unfortunately, the group went their separate ways shortly after the album's success. Riley began producing for other artists and formed the group Blackstreet. Aaron Hall released his solo album, The Truth, in 1993, and Damion followed suit in 1994 with Straight to the Point. The group reunited in 1999 and released the album Guy III in 2000. The album had one popular single, 'Dancin'' which reached #4 on the R&B charts but made little impression. Guy has reunited once more for NEW EDITION LEGACY TOUR!


About Keith Sweat

Photo Credit: Keith Sweat- Parle Magazine
Keith Sweat

Keith Sweat is a Harlem-born R&B singer/songwriter who released his debut album, 'Make It Last Forever,' at the end of 1987. The album sold over three million copies, spawning the hits "I Want Her" (#1 R&B, #5 pop), "Something Just Ain't Right" (#3 R&B), "Make It Last Forever" (#2 R&B), and "Don't Stop Your Love" (#9 R&B). It was followed in June 1990 by 'I'll Give All My Love to You,' another million-seller that featured the hits "Make You Sweat" (#1 R&B, #14 pop), "Merry Go Round" (#2 R&B), "I'll Give All My Love to You" (#1 R&B, #7 pop), and "Your Love - Part 2" (#4 R&B). Sweat's third album was 'Keep It Comin'', an R&B chart-topper at the end of 1991, whose title track was another #1 R&B hit. In 1994 he returned with 'Get Up on It'; a self-titled release followed in 1996, and two years later, he issued 'Still in the Game' and 'Didn't See Me Coming' in the fall of 2000.


About New Edition

The members of New Edition are, from left, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Ralph Tresvant, and Johnny Gill. (ABC)


New Edition laid much of the groundwork for the fusion of hip-hop and R&B, known as new jack swing. Even after New Edition drifted apart, all its members had at least some significant success outside the group as part of the new jack movement, which helped ensure the longevity of their career with their original fans and future fans to be remembered for much more than the bubblegum urban soul that made their name.

At the height of their early popularity in 1983, the group consisted of Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, and Ricky Bell. Early hits included songs like 1983's "Candy Girl" and 1984's "Cool It Now." Brown left in late 1985 to embark on a successful solo career. The group continued with four members but eventually recruited singer Johnny Gill to record their 1988 album Heart Break. The group went on hiatus in 1990 while its various members worked on side projects, such as the group Bell Biv Devoe. Gill and Tresvant also recorded successful solo albums.


About The Black Promoters Collective

The Black Promoters Collective (BPC) is a coalition of six of the nation’s top independent concert promotion and event production companies. Collectively, the company produces 200 – 250 concerts and events across the country.

BPC has given platforms to some of entertainment’s most prominent artists, including Charlie Wilson, H.E.R., Cardi B, Travis Scott, Stevie Wonder, Chris Brown, Usher, Ne-Yo, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Earth Wind and Fire, Martin Lawrence, Steve Harvey, Patti LaBelle, Toni Braxton and more!

The mission of The Black Promoters Collective is to be the world’s leading producer and provider of culturally relevant live entertainment experiences.


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Bonus snippets

To purchase tickets for the New Edition Legacy Tour 2023, please visit Ticketmaster.

With Gena Heelz
Life In Entertainment



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