With the temperature consistently in the 90s all last week, I was ready to embrace a different kind of “hotness” by the time Saturday rolled around. The kind of hotness that didn’t require me sweating my brains out, but one that would stimulate my eyes, ears… You get my drift. Well, my wishes were granted in the form of Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank —collectively known these days as the R&B supergroup TGT—at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
The trio performed to a sold-out crowd at NJPAC Saturday night as part of their 3 Kings Tour, and they most definitely brought the heat. Not only are they each successful solo artists in their own right, but they are also longtime friends who share a deep love for R&B music (not to mention their fans). At this show, fans got a chance to experience each artist in their solo splendor, capped off by a group TGT performance that was the perfect showcase of their appreciation for each other and the musical movement they’ve championed. And they appeared to have tons of fun putting on this show.
Ginuwine was first up to perform, and he got the crowd going with his trademark dance moves and steamy rendition of his hit song “Pony,” which introduced the singer to the world in 1996. The song was featured in the film Magic Mike and “Bad Girl” Rihanna just sampled it on her Unapologetic album, but Ginuwine took it there and turned it up as only he can, sliding off his white T-shirt and sliding his hand down his pants.