Lionel Richie & Cee-Lo Green at The Woodlands, 7/13/2014
While he only offered a few of his hits, including the Gnarls Barkley mega-hit "Crazy" that put him on everyone's radar in the first place and his chart-topping solo success "Fuck You," Cee-Lo and his band of merry pranksters offered an energetic set that touched on as many covers as you'd find at Sherlock's on a Saturday night. Sister Sledge's "We Are Family" met Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" while sexy saxophone solos came out of his version of The Pussycat Dolls "Don't Cha."
While I could see this band and set list working out for CeeLo in the long run, I'm not sure if opening for Lionel Richie was the smartest move for him. He could've built on his television fame on a mid-sized club tour that would find his fans coming out, rather than Richie's. He's a bit too odd and quirky for Richie's fanbase, particularly Saturday's early arrivals, but he still performed the hell out of his 40 minutes on stage.
By the end, he finally had people on their feet, but you could tell he was frustrated earlier in the set when everyone was seated. Just not the right venue and showcase, but otherwise it was really solid and fun.
Personal Bias: Like I said, I really had no strong expectations heading into this show. I've been a casual fan of his music, but for some reason felt an overwhelming need to see him the past few months. Maybe it was that his set at ACL last year was rained out, but I knew I'd be there as soon as the date was announced.
The Crowd: The most mixed-bag crowd I've seen maybe ever. Lionel is loved by all.
Overheard In the Crowd: "Oh, he's that Gnarls Barkley guy!" said some young lady after CeeLo jumped into "Crazy."
Random Notebook Dump: The Woodlands are sweating to the '80s. Karamu, Fiesta, Forever.
All Around the World
Easy / My Love
Running With the Night
Still (Commodores song)
Oh No (Commodores song)
Stuck on You
Dancing on the Ceiling
Three Times a Lady (Commodores song)
Sail On (Commodores song)
Fancy Dancer (Commodores song)
Sweet Love (Commodores song)
Lady (You Bring Me Up) (Commodores song)
Just To Be Close to You
Zoom (Commodores song)
Say You, Say Me
Brick House / Fire (Commodores song)
All Night Long
We Are the World
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