New Edition: R&B icons bring classic flavor to AT&T Center
Published: May 30, 2012
Formed in Boston in 1978, New Edition made an early mark in the music world with campy classics like "Candygirl" and "Cool It Now." Showcasing the young vocals of Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe, the group was an R&B precursor to the Wu-Tang Clan, with Brown serving as its resident Ol' Dirty Bastard. He was voted out of the group in 1985 and went on to solo success that embraced hip-hop swagger foreshadowing acts like MC Hammer and Jodeci.
Chocolate City crooner Johnny Gill soon replaced Brown for New Edition's Heart Break album, contributing to hits like "If It Isn't Love" and "Can You Stand The Rain." Gill and the other members of the group next pursued side projects with Tresvant finding solo success on sensitive ballads, and Bell Biv DeVoe further exploring the boundaries between hip-hop and R&B.
The group has since reunited, disbanded, and reunited once again, equally enthralling and frustrating their fan base on each occasion. New Edition arrives in the Alamo City with each of their original members on the marquee, celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut LP.
Old-school harmonies, vintage choreography, and Bobby Brown histrionics will take center stage at the AT&T Center this week. San Antonio hasn't witnessed this type of flavor since Maxwell came to town, so fans of R&B can feel free to sop it up.
7pm Sun, June 3
One AT&T Center