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Richard Marx talks 'American Idol,' his drug virginity and his first-ever solo acoustic show



It's hard to believe that Richard Marx has never performed a solo acoustic show. After all, the pop auteur of '80s swooners Right Here Waiting and Hold On to the Nights is like the Nookie Whisperer, a soft-spoken chart-topping romantic. But tonight, the 46-year-old will be hosting his very first acoustic gig at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre.

"It's very much a storyteller kind of thing," he told the Stuck in the '80s podcast crew of Sean Daly and Steve Spears. Expect hits (Hazard, Endless Summer Nights), tall tales and more than a few zingers. "After maybe two or three years of touring, I learned to get the joke: that I wasn't doing anything particularly important. So I started to have a lot more fun with it and tell stories during the shows."

Richard Marx performs at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets are $34.50. Click here for details.

Click here to read the rest of Steve and Sean's interview with Marx, including his thoughts on American Idol, his work with Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers, and being a "drug virgin" during the '80s. And click here to listen to the Stuck in the '80s podcast interview with Marx.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:18pm]


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