Lionel Richie wows crowds at the Festival d’Éte

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Photo: Photo by Jay Ouellet

Crowds of adoring fans converged on the Plains of Abraham on Saturday evening as Soul, Rhythm & Blues and Country singer Lionel Richie and his five-piece band had people singing and dancing into the wee hours of the morning during the first weekend of the Festival d'Été.

After writing hits for over 10 years for his band, The Commodores, and other artists, Lionel Richie went solo in the early 80s. By late 1986, he had racked up three multi-platinum albums and a dozen Top 10 hits. Can't Slow Down (1983) alone produced five hit songs, including the timeless "All Night Long" and "Hello."

His recent album featuring country versions of his greatest hits, Tuskegee, has topped the charts since its release and in September, he starts a world tour.

After actively performing for some 40 years, Lionel Richie, who recently celebrated his 63rd birthday, certainly showed no signs of slowing down during his performance on the Plains of Abraham on Saturday evening.

The Festival d'Été organizers said, "We are extremely fortunate to welcome this great pop artist for an exclusive Canadian concert!"