Richard Marx right here, waiting for Magic 94.9 contest winners
If you didn't really appreciate Richard Marx growing up, then chances are you weren't too popular with the opposite sex. Because Richard Marx gave us the make-out music for our generation. (And music for the other "bases" as well.) So it's not hard to see why Magic 94.9 FM's brand-new Florida Central Credit Union Theatre in St. Petersburg was packed Wednesday for his private show.
Aside from the 20 official contest winners, just about everyone who worked inside Cox Radio was on-hand for the four-song set, which also featured a Q&A session with the singer. My new BFFs Chadd and Kristi from the Magic Morning Show were the hosts and handled the emcee duties, nudging Marx into story-telling mode early and often. (Marx should seriously consider authoring a book someday soon, and I know the perfect '80s blogger to help him ghost-write it.)
His four-song set, for those taking notes:
- Over My Head (a new tune that has been getting a lot of play in his recent concerts)
- Ready to Fly (an audience request; when he forgot a few of the words to the 2005 tune, we just smiled and instantly forgave him)
- Don't Mean Nothing (a request from the 13-year-old son of Chadd and Kristi; "this song is so old, the video was once 'MTV's Hip Clip of the Week'," Marx said.)
- Endless Summer Nights (a perfect ender; it would have been Marx's first No. 1 hit, he pointed out, but it couldn't overtake the song already firmly entrenched on top of the charts in 1988: Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror.)
Best question of the day? As someone who has created so many love songs of his own, did Marx have a favorite love song from another artist? Yep, Phil Collins' One More Night, which became the "make-out" song for Marx and his wife Cynthia Rhodes.
Always the story-teller.