Rough Copy, J Holiday, Day 26 and Pretty Ricky all in one night? Yes it’s true, there was an R&B reunion last night at Koko, and if you were not there, you definitely missed out!
Rough Copy were bringing R&B back to the UK as they were the first of the groups to perform on stage. They put a lot of energy in to their performance and put on a good show! All the tracks they performed had the crowd buzzing, I enjoyed their track ‘Sweet Love’. We need more R&B bands like them in the UK!
(Rough Copy performing last night at Koko)
J Holiday was next to grace the stage. He performed a few tracks before he ended with the classic hit he was always known for ‘Bed’. He also brought on stage two artists who were unknown to perform their single, which the crowd accepted with open arms. Even J Holiday was surprised with this response from the crowd and commented saying “It’s nice to see you guys going crazy over an unknown track, this is why we do it, and this is where you heard it first.” Overall he performed well, however the layout of his performance seemed disorganised. He had another man on stage with him, who looked as if it was his body guard or friend, but as the performance went on, this individual would throw his hands up in the air or be touching his heart when J Holiday sang his romantic lyrics, overall it was just an odd thing to witness.
(J Holiday performing ‘Bed’)
(J Holiday performing ‘Suffocate’)
Finally it was time for Day 26. This is a band I had been following since the beginning, before they formed, when they were a part of Diddy’s Making The Band. Just like I assumed, they did not disappoint, however I do have to say it was clear to see who was putting in the energy on stage, and that was mostly Robert and Mike, Willie did at points too, but Q overall was not pleasing to watch. He seemed as if he did not want to be on the stage, at points he even was seen to be out of sync with the choreography too.
Robert was my favourite performer out of the four, he had so much energy, and his vocals sounded amazing, he just stood out the most as the best performer on stage at that point.
They performed singles from their albums ‘Day 26′ and ‘Forever In A Day’ as well as performing a few recent singles released.
(Day 26 performing ‘Exclusive’)
(Day 26 performing ‘Since You Been Gone’)
(Day 26 performing ‘Got Me Going’)
Pretty Ricky were the headliners of the night, and when they appeared on stage it was quite clear why this was. As soon as they graced the stage, instantly you knew they were headliner material. Each member had so much energy, as their vocals were on point, as well as their stage presence being exciting to witness. However when they performed the first track on stage, Baby Blue’s chain only lasted a minute before it broke and fell off his neck. By the time they went on to perform their third track, Baby Blue decided to take off ALL his chains. Oh dear!
They performed tracks off their classic ‘Bluestars’ album, as well as from ‘Late Night Special’. Although Pleasure P was not with them as he had left the band, Pretty Ricky announced on stage that they were reuniting again with Pleasure P and that when they return to the UK next time, it will be with Pleasure P. This was so good to hear as I believe Pretty Ricky were all talented in their own ways, however when put together they were a strong force, and they need Pleasure P again to record those classic R&B hits that we love so much!
Aside from performing their tracks, they also brought on 3 girls from the audience on stage, and one by one each member danced on each of the girls, over their track ‘Juicy’. (You will see in the video below)
(Pretty Ricky performing ‘Nothing But A Number’)
(Pretty Ricky performing ‘Grind On Me’)
(Pretty Ricky performing ‘Push It’)
(Pretty Ricky dancing on the girls they brought on stage from the audience)
Overall the show was a great one. I definitely enjoyed, but it makes you realise that there are not many R&B bands around in the music industry anymore, not in the UK or the US. The show ended with all the acts who performed, gathering together on the stage performing ‘On The Hotline’, which is Pretty Ricky’s single.
(Everyone on stage performing ‘On The Hotline’)