Early this past Saturday morning the most only-in-Philadelphia thing happened on South Street. The line of Jim’s Steaks broke out Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road.” The sing-a-long starts with a couple of customers but quickly becomes a storewide sing-along with the majority of the line and even the cashier joining in.
Pennsylvania lawmakers had voted to approve casinos. But celebrities were going to bring them to Philadelphia.
They tried to, at least. In the fall of 2005, multiple celebs testified before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis sent in video messages supporting casino bids. Robert Johnson, billionaire founder of BET, said Michael Jordan would be a partner in the proposed Pinnacle casino.
But the biggest celebrity who showed up in person was current Republican presidential contender Donald Trump. He had an entourage with him, too: Trump was joined by Quincy Jones, former 76ers president Pat Croce and Boyz II Men member Nathan Morris. They were all there to pitch the TrumpStreet Casino.
Trump was an outlier in his bid for a Philly casino. Every other proposed location — including the one that was actually built, SugarHouse — was on the waterfront. This is odd, of course, as gambling halls have traditionally been places that box their customers in. (Indeed, SugarHouse doesn’t have much of a waterfront presence currently.) But Trump wanted to build a casino at the former Budd Company plant in Nicetown. Read more »
Boyz II Men provided one of the highlights of Fox’s Sunday night staging of “Grease” as a live musical. Check them out. Read more »
Last night, Jimmy Kimmel’s ongoing “Mash Up Monday,” a series that pairs unlikely artists on songs that take us all back, featured Philly’s own Boyz II Men. The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts graduates teamed up with rock group Fall Out Boy for a rendition of BIIM’s 1991 hit and quintessential BIIM song, “Motownphilly.” For this one-time-only performance, the new super boy group called themselves “Fall Out Boyz II Men” and let the song have it. Check it out above. Wait for the bridge, when Fall Out boy frontman Patrick Stump joins in on the famous harmonizing / scat-singing with the group.
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It looks like Boyz II Men will be making another homecoming appearance this week. The Grammy-winning, multi-platinum R&B group will perform live where they first met, at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts, Tuesday, October 14th. The invitation-only show, “Up Close & Personal with Boyz II Men,” is hosted by SiriusXM’s Heart & Soul Channel 48 and the live recording will be broadcast on Heart & Soul Tuesday, October 21st at 5 p.m.
Philadelphia’s own Boyz II Men will make an exciting appearance at this Sunday’s Eagles vs. Giants game. R&B hit-makers and Philly natives Shawn Stockman, Wanya Morris, and Nate Morris will perform during halftime on Sunday, October 12th. The Grammy-winning group will put on a medley of their biggest hits and their newest tunes. Boyz II Men’s latest album, Collide, drops Tuesday, October 21st.
It looks like the Eagles are already warming up for Boyz II Men’s performance:
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 8, 2014
Last night, at the Casino Entertainment Awards in Las Vegas, Philly’s Boyz II Men beat out Britney Spears and Guns N’ Roses to score one of the night’s top prizes: Musical Artist of the Year.
Saturday night brought a sold out crowd to Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park for a performance by Billy Joel. And Joel, who has a reputation for giving it all in his live shows, did not disappoint. Read more »
1990s radio airplay-and-record sale juggernauts Boyz II Men have eased comfortably into the 21st century, transforming themselves into a Vegas lounge act singing their old hits and covers of classic songs. There are much more embarrassing ways for former pop stars to make a living.
Being Philadelphia natives, Boyz II Men’s members are obviously big Philly sports fans. As such, TMZ Sports caught up with group member Shawn Stockman to talk about the backup quarterback situation. TMZ Sports is a Birds 24/7-style site except it’s celebrities doing the analysis instead of Sheil Kapadia and Tim McManus, right? Oh, it’s not? Okay.
Mark Sanchez is not the guy. He’s just gonna go into Philly and get cussed out. Because listen, if anybody knows anything about Philly radio, it’s no holds barred. They go in. So I can imagine what they’re talking about in Philly radio right now. I’m not an Eagles fan, but every other sport I’m all Philly. Flyers, Philly, Sixers, the whole nine yards.