If you grew up in the late Eighties and early Nineties, Richard Marx was probably on a radio near you, frequently. As a matter of fact, he is one of the first male recording artist to have his first seven singles reach the Top Five on the Billboard Hot 100.
Since that time, Marx has collaborated with many people including Luther Vandross, Keith Urban, and N’SYNC, writing and producing, and also touring off and on since 2000. Marx’s most recent CD was released in 2014, and he continues to tour around the country.
Thursday night (April 27th), he was at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, CA, where I had a chance to catch the show and pretend I was back in my late teens.
“I’m the entertainment director tonight and hate when bands don’t play their hits!”
Starting off with one of my favorites, “Endless Summer Nights” and “Satisfied,” Marx and his band went through many of his #1 hits, even stating during the concert that, “I’m the entertainment director tonight and hate when bands don’t play their hits!” He remarked, “I go to concerts, too.”
Throughout the night, he blended his humor, wit, sarcasm, and newer music, playing to the crowd, asking them to sing along and using a few expletives all in good fun, remarking during a slow set, “Don’t sing along to these because all you will do is ‘F’ it up!”
Towards the end of his one hour and forty minute set, he invited fans to come up closer to the stage where he posed for a few pictures while continuing to sing and even slapped a few high fives.
He ended the night with “Don’t Mean Nothing” and the power ballad “Right Here Waiting.”
Overall, I thought his voice was strong with some of that Richard Marx raspiness, and the band seemed to be in tune, especially his longtime friend and guitarist Jay, whose guitar work was excellent. Not only is Marx a good singer, but he’s also equally as good a pianist and guitar player.