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Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey bringing their show to KC in 2017


Lionel Richie will give lots of people around here another reason to rejoice on Easter Sunday. The former Commodore announced his 2017 tour and it includes a stop at the Sprint Center on April 16. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 17. The tour also includes stops in St. Louis on April 18 and Tulsa on April 21.

Richie last performed in this area in June 2001 as part of the Red White and Boom festival. He was on a bill that also included Billy Idol, Ricky Martin and Uncle Kracker. His previous headlining show in Kansas City was at Kemper Arena in May 2000.

Richie hasn’t put out an album since 2012, when he released “Tuskegee,” a compilation of reinterpretations of his hits and best-known songs that included collaborations with country stars, including Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Chesney, Shania Twain and Tim McGraw.

He has won two Grammys and received 11 nominations as a solo artists. He won one Grammy as a member of the Commodores, who released on gold and three platinum albums in the U.S. As a solo artist, he has sold more than 19 million albums in the U.S.

This is the first time he and Carey will tour together, and the first North American tour for Carey in more than six years, according to

Timothy Finn: 816-234-4781, @phinnagain