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.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, hosted a glamorous gala last night at the Ritz-Carlton to celebrate the launch of new, non-stop service from Philadelphia International Airport to Doha, connecting the Philadelphia region to Qatar Airways’ network of more than 130 destinations worldwide.
The evening began with a cocktail hour in 10 Arts, where white-gloved servers passed around delicious hors d’oeuvre and cocktails to the guests before a cirque du soleil performance. Artists entertained the crowd then led the nearly 300 guests to the ballroom below for dinner, music and the program, which ended with a surprise performance by Philly’s own Boyz II Men.
Arcade Fire’s formal dress encouraged tour rolled into the Wells Fargo Center last night. And although the event sold so poorly there was a 58% off Groupon for it, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good time. Arcade Fire’s pretty good.
And they also have a respect for the classics. And, by that, I mean, Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly.”
The 2013 Marian Anderson Award was held last night at the Kimmel Center. Motown founder Berry Gordy was this year’s recipient. Major performers such as Smokey Robinson, Boyz II Men, Kool & The Gang, Chris Tucker, Cody Wise, Brandon Victor Dixon (who portrays Gordy in Motown the Musical on Broadway) Philly producers/songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon A. Huff, as well as musical director Bill Jolly, paid tribute to the iconic philanthropist and music legend.
Eastern Hemisphere alert: Boyz II Men are coming to Moscow on Feb. 6th, and one Moscow Times reporter seems really excited about it. (Pravda this ain’t. She writes: “President Vladimir Putin’s crusade to raise the country’s birth rate is set to get the support of three powerful voices on its behalf.”) Philly’s favorite sons (though are they really?), don’t seem quite so thrilled.
Asked to say something–anything, please–remotely interesting about their feelings towards Mother Russia, Boyz II Men fail miserably. A sampling:
Q: How will you adapt the show to the Moscow audience?
A: One of the reasons we have so many loyal fans is that we stay true to who we are — we don’t tailor each show to a specific audience.
Q: What do you like about the Russian audience?
A: The Russian audience has shown us a lot of love.
Q: You’ve recorded a song about Philadelphia. Any chance you’ll write a song about Moscow?
A: As far as doing more song writing, you never know what the future holds!