Legendary crooner Lionel Richie surprises UK fans with the announcement of a select few UK tour dates later this year. The musician is set to hit key cities across the country this summer.
The new tour, comprising of 12 dates total in June, includes two headlining slots in capital London, at the Hampton Court Palace Festival. The lineup also includes Palmo Faith, Take That's Gary Barlow, as well as the Beach Boys.
These are Richie's first shows in the UK since his 2016 "All The Hits" tour, which took place in three dates at London's O2 Arena, followed by a show at the Manchester Arena. This time around, Richie will be going a bit further afield, taking in Scarborough, Northampton, and Lincoln among others. The tour kicks off June 1.
Richie started his career as a member of soul group The Commodores in 1968 before branching out as a solo artist in 1982. His debut solo record, self-titled Lionel Richie, hit the third spot on the solo charts and contained three massive hit singles including the no. 1 song "Truly."
His 10th studio album Tuskegee was released in 2012. The album comprises previously-released tracks, each reinterpreted and performed with a different guest artist. It became his third no. 1 album on the Billboard 200, his first since Dancing On The Ceiling, as well as the first to break more than a million sales in the United States since that same 1986 release.
Richie has sold over 90 million records worldwide to date, making him one of the most successful recording artists of all time. He has also won five Grammy Awards over the course of his career and received the Johnny Mercer Award, the Songwriters Hall Of Fame's highest honor, in 2016.
The 2018 tour will take in hits from the 68-year-old singer's considerable back catalog. Fans can expect to hear some of The Commodores' songs, as well as "Hello," "Say You Say Me," and "All Night Long," and the like.
"I've been missing the UK and can't wait to make my long awaited return and to see parts of the country I've never made it out to before. The fans are always incredible and they make the atmosphere at every show electric, so I look forward to singing along with them soon," said Richie in relation to the UK tour.
Tickets for this latest go-round will be released at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 2 via the usual outlets.