Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas reunited as TLC for VH1 Super Bowl Blitz last night, turning Manhattan’s opulent Beacon Theater into the church of New Jack Swing. With all the buzz surrounding their VH1 original movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, the crowd was primed and ready to see the fierce ladies in action!
They had a pretty kickass intro from none-other than rap-legend and beat-boxing pioneer Doug E. Fresh before charging onto the stage in orange jumpsuits unzipped to the waist (for maximum ab-age), tearing into “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg.” They were joined not only by Fresh as their unofficial hype-man, but also a whole fleet of talented dancers who jumped, bobbed and weaved across the stage in unison. Even after more than 20 years in the biz, T-Boz and Chili had more swag and moves than the whole backing crew put together! T-Boz couldn’t resist joking during a commercial break, “This is our breather too!”
For maximum hit potential, they served up a one-two-THREE punch in the form of a medley, linking up “Silly Ho” from 1999’s FanMail, “
Hat 2 Da Back” from their debut album Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip,
and “Kick Yo Game” off of CrazySexyCool.
But Doug E. Fresh wasn’t done, and he soon returned to the stage with a medley all his own. First he showed us why he’s the undisputed beat-boxing king, and then he delivered one of the highlights of the night with his rendition of “Teach Me How To Dougie.” You could almost hear the sound of hundreds of minds being blown at once as he dougie’d flawlessly. “Doug E Fresh is dougieing on stage at the
and my life has hit its apex,” tweeted one fan
. Our thoughts exactly.
A wardrobe change came for the steamy “Red Light Special,” as the ladies hit the stage in revealing lace-y black attire. The theater suddenly became a James Bond movie opening, bathed in red light and filled with gorgeous women dancing and singing in the sultry voices that made them legends. As they swung their legs around chairs, you realize just how much Britney Spears, Rihanna, and so many more owe to these ladies. They did it first, and they did it better.
From then on they hit everything you’d ever want to hear: “Creep,” “Damaged,” “Unpretty,” “No Scrubs”…But of course they couldn’t wrap things up without performing their modern classic “Waterfalls,” arguably their most famous hit of the ’90s. The audience (predictably) lost their minds and shoulder-rolled along with the ladies, but it was a bittersweet moment. The absence of third member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes
, who was killed in a tragic car accident in 2002, was deeply felt during the show-stopper. T-Boz and Chili offered a moving tribute to their bandmate, welcoming an angelic ballerina onstage to perform an incredible fusion of classical and hip hop dance moves over a recording of Lisa’s rap-break. Fans in the crowd, many honoring the fallen singer with her trademark black grease paint
, roared their approval.
Soon members of the Boys’ Choir of Harlem, clad in white sequined robes, streamed onto the stage and turned the funky fresh final verse into a old style revival-meeting stomp! The choir then helped TLC close the evening out with the inspirational “Meant 2 Be,” leaving fans dancing in the aisles. “I feel like I’m 20 again!” screamed a woman next to us as she danced the night away.
All in all, it was an unforgettable show. Our one complaint? They didn’t do the All That theme! Oh well, maybe next time. To see what songs they did play, check out the complete set list below (complete with video!).
SET LIST: “Intro/Dub Step With Doug. E. Fresh“, “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg“, “What About Your Friends“, “Silly Ho/Hat 2 Da Back/Kick Yo Game“, “Baby-Baby-Baby“, “Diggin’ On You“, “The Show/Lodo Dodi/Teach Me How To Dougie/Freaks (feat. Doug E. Fresh)“, “Red Light Special“, “Creep“, “Damaged“, “Unpretty“, “No Scrubs“, “Waterfalls“, “Meant 2 Be”
We still have two days of Super Bowl Blitz awesomeness, so tonight and tomorrow you better make sure to tune-in to VH1, head over to SuperBowl.VH1.com or open up the VH1 App starting at 10:50/9:50C to see LIVE concerts from the following awesome acts:
· Friday, January 31: Goo Goo Dolls – Staten Island: St. George Theatre
· Saturday, February 1: Gavin DeGraw – New Jersey: The Wellmont Theatre (Montclair, NJ)