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‘Three Kings’ wow separately and one at a time

  • Written by Angela Jackson/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

3kings-600Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank – now starring as the trio group TGT – are having fun and enjoying success while out on the road promoting their new album, "Three Kings."

Set to hit stores next Tuesday, August 20, R & B lovers can pre-order on iTunes.

Widely recognized as the R&B group of 2013, TGT delivered a highly-anticipated show at the Orpheum Theatre earlier this month. And they did so amid rumors that they had not been getting along; more about that later.

The sold-out Memphis show opened with Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, aka Ginuwine, who has been busy with family life and solo touring. He perfromed his hit, "In Dem Jeans," rocked other hits like "So Anxious" and "My Whole Life Has Changed" and wrapped up with the hit single that put him on the map, "Pony."

I spoke with him after the show, asking about his family. "Everyone is great," he said, flashing a smile. "I'm a grandfather now!"

Prior to the show, TGT took pictures and signed autographs with a few lucky fans in a small, intimate setting. The concert seemed an extension of that pre-show setting. The lights were dimmed. The three stars talked to the ladies and Tyrese and Ginuwine ventured into the audience to woo fans. Tank stayed on stage, removed his shirt and revealed his six-pack abs while singing accapella.

"I was so glad to hear real R & B music with a live band," said Dawn Cherie' Okley.

A full band kept up with Tank, who serenaded the audience with "Please Don't Go," "Sex Music" and other hits. Lorita Armstrong, who traveled to Memphis from Jackson, Miss. to see TGT, said during Tank's performance she lost her balance and fell over a little bit and wasn't drunk.

"The girl next to me thought I fainted! I was really excited," she said.

Tyrese was up next, comanding the stage with presence as the crowd cheered him on. He thanked his fans for being by his side since day one. He named several projects and hit songs that went all the way back to the movie, "Baby Boy" and the Coca Cola commercial that put him on the map, literally!

During one point of the show, he asked a security guard not to bother his fans, as hyped women tried to touch his hand as he poured his soul out singing "Stay."

Memphis blogger and CEO of Xclusive Memphis, Laquita Jones, said R&B has been reborn with TGT "These guys really put on a great show."

TGT paid homage to the R& B artists who paved the way for them with tunes by Jodeci, Marvin Gaye and even Mary J Blige. All three stars performing together was the best part of the show, with a highlight being their radio hit, "I Need."

After the concert, there was another meet and greet...another opportunity for fans to take pictures, get autographs and hugs!

I spoke with TGT's management team and broached the rumors about the trio not getting along. Not true, I was told.

It seems that there was an incident on the tour bus when Tyrese wanted the air condition on and Ginuwine and Tank did not. The air conditioner was turned off because majority rules.

And right now, TGT rules!

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