Lionel Richie’s Knee Surgery Forcing Tour Delay
Soul veteran Lionel Richie is reportedly postponing his upcoming tour with Mariah Carey to allow him time to recover from knee surgery.
The “All Night Long” hitmaker is due to kick off a 35-date trek with Mariah in Baltimore, Maryland on March 15, but sources tell TMZ the 67-year-old underwent an operation on an injured knee last month and is still not fully back on his feet.
As a result, he is expected to push back the joint gigs until the summer, although representatives for the two musicians have yet to comment on the claims.
The All The Hits Tour was announced in December and had been set to wrap in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 27.
Carey recently revealed she was looking forward to hitting the road with the soul icon.
“I’m honored because he’s a legend and has been doing this for a lot longer than I have. He’s awesome,” she told St. Louis, Missouri’s Fox 2 channel. “I’ll be doing my own show; it is about 60 minutes. I’m going to do some hits and fan favorites. It’s really going to be for the fans.”
The rumored postponement will give the “Hero” singer extra down time to spend with her kids, 5-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe, from her marriage to Nick Cannon, and her new boyfriend, backing dancer Bryan Tanaka. The couple has been dating since late last year, after Mariah called off her engagement to billionaire businessman James Packer.