Bobby Brown felt all the love and support imaginable Sunday night in Newark, NJ, the same town where his ex-wife Whitney Houston was laid to rest less than 24 hours earlier. Celebrating their “Road To The 30th” anniversary, Brown and the R&B group that jump started his career, New Edition took center stage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and it was quite clear that everyone was more than happy to see Mr. Brown back in his natural comfort zone.
Rusty from taking a few nights off to console his daughter through their recent family tragedy, Brown joked about missing a few dance steps saying, “I just can’t leave the stage!”
As the group performed a near 2 hour long list of 1980’s and 1990’s chart toppers, backed by a live band, the reunited original “boy-band” soaked in adulation from faithful fans, some who traveled over 100 miles to see their favorite group. One fan, Halimah, of Philadelphia, PA says being at the show fulfilled her childhood fantasy and brought her “back to a place of innocence.” Before concluding the evening’s show the group took time to express their appreciation for fans support and prayers after the final song of the night, appropriately titled, “Home Again”. While greeting fans individually and posing for photos, group member, Michael Bivins asked for continued prayer on behalf of the group.
Back at full strength, New Edition seemed poised to solidify their place in music history, and if the words of Bobby Brown prove to be true, “this is only the beginning.” Special Thanks to The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) for putting together a great show!
–Charles Wilmore [Photo Credit as well]