Richie's loss is McBride's gain
Friday, July 1, 2011
– Lionel Richie's loss is Martina McBride's gain. And that means that the woman who turned Independence Day
into a career song will be singing on the annual July 4 Boston Pops holiday concert.
Richie had to bow out with vocal cord strain. The show will be broadcast live from the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Monday, July 4 at 10 p.m. live Easter/delayed Pacfic on CBS. Emmy Award-winning actor and Boston-area native Michael Chiklis ("The Shield") will host the special.
McBride will perform some of her biggest hits with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under the direction of conductor Keith Lockhart.
"One of my most favorite things in the world is to perform with a live orchestra, and to sing with the prestigious Boston Pops on Independence Day in front of thousands of people and on national television is not only an amazing opportunity but a career highlight for me," said McBride. "I wish Mr. Richie a speedy recovery and am looking forward to what will be a memorable day for me."
Richie, who has been completing his upcoming album as well as performing back-to-back concerts, is suffering from strained vocal cords and is unable to perform. "I am extremely disappointed to cancel my performance with the Boston Pops, but must follow my doctor's orders," said Richie. "It was such an honor being asked to celebrate the Fourth of July with this legendary orchestra, and I hope to perform with them in the future."
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