Music lovers were recently taken back through the last four decades courtesy of Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lionel Richie.

Richie brought his "All The Hits" tour to Chicago's United Center over the weekend allowing fans to celebrate his signature blockbuster tunes all night long.

The evening offered an enthusiastic trek through a blend of upbeat dance numbers and ballads from an artist who's the perfect example of "all-around entertainer."

Richie's tunes were the backdrop to many lives particularly during the '70s, '80s and '90s. He acknowledged that fact (and that his songs were played for countless special occasions) when he told fans he was there when they got engaged, married, had children and got divorced.

Richie began his hits fest with a medley of the ballads "Easy" and "My Love" and continued with "Running With The Night," and "Penny Lover."

The singer/songwriter and former Commodores lead singer shared stories with fans and humorously bantered back and forth with various audience members.

When he launched into the hits of the Commodores, he pointed out a number of moms in the audience who didn't refrain from acting like  '70s dancing school girls during "Fancy Dancer," "Sweet Love" and "Lady (You Bring Me Up)."

Richie's beautiful "Three Times A Lady," featuring the singer on piano, was a poignant moment in the show while "Dancing On The Ceiling" prompted fans to jump out of their seats and start moving.

One of the highlights of the show was Richie's performance of the Commodores' blockbuster tune "Brick House," which was blended with a scorching cover of The Ohio Players' "Fire."

Other songs offered by Richie included "Truly," "Stuck On You," "Hello," "Say You, Say Me," and "We Are the World," which Richie introduced by saying "This is a song I wrote with my friend Michael Jackson."

The hits celebration ended with the party tune "All Night Long."

Richie's special guest on the tour was Mariah Carey, who performed an impressive selection of her signature songs. Carey's setlist included "Heartbreaker," "My All," "One Sweet Day," "All I Do Is Think About You" and other songs.

Carey's twins joined her onstage for a cute performance of "Always Be My Baby." The singer's vocal range shone on the hits "Vision of Love" and "We Belong Together." Her set ended with the power ballad "Hero."


Eloise writes about food and entertainment for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight children in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.