Lionel Richie brings 'All the Hits All Night Long' tour to Phoenix

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Lionel Richie is bringing his hit-filled shows back to North America on the heels of his sold-out concerts in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East.

The summer tour kicks off in Vancouver, BC and crisscrosses the states. Stops include Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake, Chicago, Detroit, DC, Philadelphia, Louisville and Las Vegas among many other cities! Tickets are available through the Live Nation Mobile App and at LiveNation.com.

Richie will be at Ak Chin Pavilion on June 8.

"It's going to be karaoke on steroids," he told 3TV's Kaley O'Kelley and Scott Pasmore Wednesday morning.

Before you read any further!

Watch the video above to see why Pasmore thanked Richie and why the performer's response made everyone at 3TV LOL. (Really!) We're pretty sure those of you who grew up in the '80s -- particularly the men -- will be able to relate.

As for the upcoming concert, which also features CeeLo Green, Richie said it's sure to be a crazy night to remember.

"I'm not sure whether I can tell you how many embarrassing things will happen in the audience," he said with a laugh. "It's how many people will show up with Afro wigs and mustaches and the white suit. I cannot tell you what it's gonna be like."

Richie said he was not looking for a quite laid-back show. He wanted something in "pandemoniumland."

Richie's last album, Tuskegee, reached the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 after its March 2012 release. Tuskegee was certified platinum last May after selling one million units in the United States. Overall, Lionel has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

Richie has a discography of albums and singles that navigate an emotional landscape that few writers/entertainers have ever truly captured. A little known fact that is that Lionel Richie and Irving Berlin are the only two songwriters in history to achieve the honor of having #1 records for nine consecutive years. Richie started his career with The Commodores.

In the early 1980s, he decided to pursue a solo career. He became one of the most successful artists of the 1980's, earning a string of 13 top ten hits between 1981 and 1987, including nine #1 singles. The first was "Endless Love," a ballad that he wrote and sang as a duet with his dear friend, Miss Diana Ross. Afterwards came the success of "Truly," "All Night Long," "Hello," and "Say You (Say Me)" for which he won his Oscar and a Golden Globe. His 1982 self-titled album established a run of platinum plus albums throughout the 80's, with 1986's "Dancing On The Ceiling" becoming a pop and R&B classic. He also found time to co-write with Michael Jackson what eventually would become pop's most famous anthem, the Live-Aid tune "We Are The World."