2015 | TLC & Nelly

Anyone who grew up in the 90s or early 2000s and listened to hip hop to any degree would be familiar with the names Nelly and TLC. TLC as in T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chili. Not tender loving care. Nelly is remembered for the unique sound he brought to hip hop when introducing the world to his number one bestselling single country grammer while TLC was just the greatest all female group to debut in R&B. TLC also brought a unique sound to their music as they had meaningful lyrics, great vocals, and one of them was the dedicated rapper of the group. For those that don’t know, it was Left Eye.

Nelly and TLC performed as openers for The New Kids on The Block, but that didn’t necessarily make their performance any less exciting. Nelly played to the crowd fairly well as he performed his top selling songs. Despite the fact that Nelly performed the opening performance and most people were likely there for The New Kids on The Block, many in the audience still sang along and participated in his performance. Hundreds of young women’s voices could be heard singing along with his song ‘Hot in Here’ as he worked the stage.

Though there’s never been a rapper to perform at a concert and not bring some friends along that have nothing to do with the song, but perform it on stage anyway. However, to his credit Nelly did not crowd the stage with friends performing with him, nor did he heavily rely on dancers. Overall he did a fairly good job at not over-crowding the stage with dancers or random people and still managed to get the crowd on their feet.

While the crowd had their fun during the Nelly performance, screams loud enough to burst an eardrum or at least be heard from down the street occurred once TLC was up to perform. While Nelly was about playing to the crowd, TLC focused on their performance. They began with their song ‘Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg’ and kept the high energy flowing, dancing and all, all the way up until they turned it down for their bestselling song ‘Waterfalls’. And they did not disappoint. They sang their songs and danced along with back up dancers with kind of energy that would make a K-Pop group jealous.

Overall, both Nelly and TLC put on great performances that definitely gave me some nostalgia. Also, I learned that if you really like a song you will not forget the lyrics even if it has been years since you have heard it.

About Nelly:
Nelly began his solo career after debuting his hit album Country Grammer in 2000 eventually becoming number one on the Billboard 200 as well as his bestselling album. He continued his streak of producing number one hits such as “Hot in Here” and “Dilemma” (featuring Kelly Rowland) which won him the Grammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance in 2003. This success eventually led him to creating the hit single “Shake Ya Tailfeather” (featuring Diddy and Murphy Lee) for the Bad Boys 2 movie soundtrack which was released in theaters later that year. Not long after producing that single Nelly won another Grammy Award in 2004.

Nelly | Setlist:

  1. I.
  2. Air Force Ones
  3. Country Grammer
  4. Dilemma
  5. Just A Dream
  6. Ride With Me
  7. Grillz
  8. Hot in Here

About TLC:
TLC debuted with their album Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip in 1992 introducing a unique blend of hip-hop and R&B which became a quadruple platinum success.           1994 the group collaborated with some familiar producers for their second studio album CrazySexyCool which then became critically acclaimed and ranked among the 500 greatest albums of all time by the Rolling Stone magazine. The album included singles such as “Creep” and “Waterfalls” which reached number one on the billboard hot 100. This success allowed TLC to win the Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards.

TLC | Setlist:

  1. What About Your Friends
  2. Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg
  3. Baby Baby Baby
  4. Creep
  5. Diggin on You
  6. Unpretty
  7. Red Light Special
  8. No Scrubs
  9. Meant to Be
  10. Waterfalls

NKOTB’s The Main Event Tour with TLC & Nelly | Tour Dates:




Friday, May 1

Las Vegas, NV

Mandalay Bay Events Center

Saturday, May 2

Anaheim, CA

Honda Center

Sunday, May 3

San Jose, CA

SAP Center

Tuesday, May 5

Vancouver, BC

Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

Wednesday, May 6

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma Dome

Saturday, May 9

Los Angeles, CA

The Forum

Monday, May 11

San Diego, CA

Viejas Arena

Tuesday, May 12

Phoenix, AZ

Gila River Arena

Thursday, May 14

Dallas, TX

American Airlines Center

Friday, May 15

New Orleans, LA

Smoothie King Center

Saturday, May 16

Houston, TX

Toyota Center

Monday, May 18

Oklahoma City, OK

Chesapeake Energy Arena

Tuesday, May 19

Kansas City, MO

Sprint Center

Wednesday, May 20

St. Paul, MN

Xcel Energy Center

Friday, May 22

St. Louis, MO

Scottrade Center

Saturday, May 23

Rosemont, IL

Allstate Arena

Tuesday, May 26

Cincinnati, OH

U.S. Bank Arena

Wednesday, May 27

Nashville, TN

Bridgestone Arena

Friday, May 29

Detroit, MI

The Palace of Auburn Hills

Saturday, May 30

Grand Rapids, MI

Van Andel Arena

Sunday, May 31

Indianapolis, IN

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Tuesday, June 2

Charlotte, NC

Time Warner Cable Arena

Thursday, June 4

Fort Lauderdale, FL

BB&T Center

Friday, June 5

Orlando, FL

Amway Center

Saturday, June 6

Atlanta, GA

Philips Arena

Sunday, June 7

Louisville, KY

KFC Yum! Center

Tuesday, June 9

Norfolk, VA

Norfolk Scope Arena

Wednesday, June 10

Washington, D.C.

Verizon Center

Friday, June 12

Uncasville, CT

Mohegan Sun Arena

Saturday, June 13

Bethlehem, PA

Sands Bethlehem Event Center

Sunday, June 14

Pittsburgh, PA

CONSOL Energy Center

Tuesday, June 16

Columbus, OH

Nationwide Arena

Wednesday, June 17

Cleveland, OH

Quicken Loans Arena

Friday, June 19

Philadelphia, PA

Wells Fargo Center

Saturday, June 20

Uniondale, NY

Nassau Coliseum

Sunday, June 21

New York, NY

Madison Square Garden

Monday, June 22

New York, NY

Madison Square Garden

Wednesday, June 24

Boston, MA

TD Garden

Saturday, June 27

Hershey, PA

Mixtape Festival @ Hersheypark Stadium

Sunday, June 28

Toronto, ON

Air Canada Centre

Tuesday, June 30

Montreal, QC

Bell Centre

Thursday, July 2

Buffalo, NY

First Niagara Center

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