Superstar Lionel tuning up for an evening to remember

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Music legend Lionel Richie will be saying hello to fans in Leeds when he plays the city’s First Direct Arena next year.

The former Commodores star today announced a show at the £60m venue on Wednesday, March 4.

And it seems he is already counting down the weeks to the Leeds concert and his other British dates,

Lionel said: “I can’t wait to get back to the UK.

“The audiences are always so great and I always have an incredible time when I’m in the United Kingdom.

“The show feels like a great big sing-along most nights so I’m looking forward to singing along with the people of the UK again!”

Lionel is promising fans an evening of hits drawn from his time with The Commodores right up to the present day.

Tracks expected to be in the setlist include Dancing On The Ceiling, Hello, Three Times A Lady, Easy and All Night Long.

Tony Watson, the arena’s director of sales, marketing & PR, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It’s always a thrill to welcome the biggest names to the city and they don’t come much bigger than Lionel Richie.

“Combining a legendary voice with some of the world’s best-known songs, we are sure the people of Yorkshire are looking forward to dancing all night long on March 4!”

Tickets for Lionel’s show go on sale at 9am this Friday, priced from £25.

Purchases can be made via the www.firstdirectarena.com website, over the phone on 0844 248 1585 or from the arena box office.

A range of VIP ticket packages is also available, visit the www.lionelrichie.com website for further information.

Next year’s tour is being billed as Lionel’s celebration of a career that has seen him sell more than 100 million albums worldwide.

He has also won a whole host of prestigious awards such as GRAMMYs, a Golden Globe and even an Oscar.

Music artists playing the arena between now and the end of the year include Ed Sheeran, Jack White, Kasabian, James, Bryan Adams, Slash, The Who, Michael Bublé, Status Quo and Madness.

Other events scheduled for the next few months include shows from funnymen Lee Evans and John Bishop as well as a night of boxing featuring Leeds fighter Josh Warrington.

Stars joining Lionel as part of the arena’s packed programme for 2015, meanwhile, include The Script, The Black Keys, Thunder, Paloma Faith, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Leeds’s own Kaiser Chiefs.

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