In the midst of a coast-to-coast frenzy about the $1.3 billion Mega Millions jackpot this week, Friday night (July 29): 30 was just a magic number for Hollywood Bowl music fans. That’s the number one hit-filled years of TLC and Boyz II. Each of the men took to the stage during their respective 70-minute set, which left the audience shouting, dancing and singing from start to finish.
Here are five memorable moments from the Grammy-winning groups performing at the Bowl, which is now celebrating its 100th anniversary:
Hey Mr DJ: Steeped in ’90s nostalgia that was already spreading throughout the house, DJ Buzz began his pre-intro set with DMX’s “Party Up (Up in Here)”. From there, the party shifted straight into overdrive as they expertly steered into Chris Krauss’s “Jump,” Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and Naughty By Nature’s “OPP”, the latter of which was a single. The song was sung to a boisterous audience. And waving crazy hands. And yet Buzz—who busted out his share of energetic dance moves—keeps slipping it slowly into a snippet of TV’s theme song. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Before whiplashing in Montel Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It,” Genuine’s “Pony” and Bell Bive Devo’s “Poison.” Then as four silver-clad dancers swung across the stage, Bubz ended her eight-minute run, asking a question: “Are you ready for TLC?!”
Still on the TLC tip: Also dressed in silver, TLC’s Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Cilli” Thomas opened with “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” followed by “What About Your Friends” – and quickly proved Given that 30 years is nothing but a number. “We’re so happy to be here tonight,” said Pepper. “Some of you have been with us from day one… and you’re still here. We love you.” It was shown that the women traded lead vocals, harmonizing — and even stepping in with the dance crew — on a string of TLC hits that included the crowd-pleasing “Baby-Baby-Baby,” “Creep” and “Red Light Special.” (with Stage Bathed in Red) as well as other cuts, such as “Diggin’ On You” and “Fanmail.”
A key moment during this segment was T-Boz’s introduction of the group’s #1 Hot 100 single “Unpretty”. The singer added, “This next song is near and dear to my heart because I wrote it from my heart. Then my boyfriend made me feel like I wasn’t good enough. With social media, the song holds true even today. Then with thunderous applause, he said, “I kicked him—to the curb.”
Remembering Lisa: Not surprisingly, when TLC noted in advance their signature No. 1 hit “No Scrubs” with Pepper, “This is a song passed down from generation to generation, especially when… some of you forgot. went. [audience laughs], But what do we never, ever, ever want?!” Fans shouted back, “No scrubs!” The most poignant moment of the evening was TLC co-founding member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes performing the evening’s closing song, “Waterfalls.” The accompanying was a tribute – Lopes’ voice on the track as well as cell phone lights lit up the bowl. It was also a Hot 100 No. 1 for the group, one of several TLC songs co-written by Lopes, whose single in 2002. had died.
expect the unexpected: It was the subject of a performance by Boyz II Men, which began with a moving overture of several of the group’s songs – including “A Song for Mama” – performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra led by its principal conductor, Thomas Wilkins. . The theme was further underlined when Joe Coy took to the stage to introduce the group. “This is the biggest group ever to touch a microphone,” the stand-up comic said. “And we’re here to celebrate tonight.” Dressed in a black tuxedo and standing up to applause, baritone Nathan Morris and tenors Vanya Morris and Shawn Stockman debuted a 2002 vocal-performing album track with “Oh Well”. full circle,
Before debating “On a Bended Knee” one of several long-running Hot 100 #1 singles charted by the group over the years, Stockman explained what else was in store for the evening. “We wanted to do something special for you, [so] This is not your typical show,” he said. “We just didn’t want to give you what you expected. We wanted to give you a piece of us that you didn’t know.” Playing in it was the group’s first time with Baul’s orchestra. Famous Stockman, “We learned about classical music going to school in Philadelphia. So it’s like homecoming.”
Ancient Air Force: Whether singing well-known early Boyz II main cuts, such as “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Tomorrow,” “Water Runs Dry” and “I’ll Get There” (from the DreamWorks animated film) prince of egypt) or lesser-known album tracks like the beautiful ballad “Girl in the Life Magazine,” the trio’s silky harmonies are still pure and mesmerizing—even more so against the orchestra’s symphonic backdrop. “We’ve always been straight from the heart about music and singing,” Nathan said at one point as the group’s band also joined him and the orchestra on stage.
And that led to another surprising twist: Shawn and Vanya as a group demonstrated their vocal versatility as well as a series of covers while picking up the guitar, beginning with Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.” From there, the trio also hit Journey’s “Open Arms”, Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way” and Guess Who’s “American Woman” (covered by Kravitz in 1999). Beyond the set list, the Boyz also performed catchy snippets of The Beatles’ “Come Together” and Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven”. Yet the evening isn’t complete without closing with two of the biggest Boyz II Men songs—and popular crowd songs: “I’ll Make Love to You” and “End of the Road.”
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Reference from www.billboard.com