Posted On 20 Jan 2016
Tag: Ace Theatre, Age Against The Machine, All Access, All Access Music Group, All In, Atlantic Records, BET, Billboard, Black Sabbath, Bright Lights Bigger City, Cee Lo Green, Cee-Lo, Concert Review, Crazy, Downtown Los Angeles, Frank Zappa, Fuck You, Gnarls Barkley, Goodie Mob, Grammys, Heart Blanche, I Ain't Got No Heart, Logical Song, Mother May I, Open Heart, Planet Caravan, Race Against Time, Robin Williams, Sign Of The Times, St. Elsewhere, Supertramp, The Lady Killer, The Voice
For one night only, the super-star Cee Lo Green performed for the first time an acoustic show to a sold-out crowd at downtown LA’s majestic Ace Theatre. This evening took place on Thursday, January 14th and it was presented by All In. It was appropriately called the “Open Heart Acoustic Show” and it was a magical night of new and old songs by Mr. Green.
Cee Lo is perhaps best known for his 2006 hit song, “Crazy” as the duo Gnarls Barkley. The single reached number 1 in various singles charts worldwide. It was on his “St. Elsewhere” album which also topped the album charts that same year. He went on to put out “The Lady Killer” in 2010 which had the singles “Fuck You” and “Bright Lights Bigger City”.
From 2011 to 2014, he was a judge and coach on The Voice and appeared on four of its seasons. In 2013, Green reunited with the rest of Goodie Mob, to release their fifth studio album, “Age Against The Machine”. His work has earned him numerous awards and accolades, including five Grammy Awards, a BET Award, a Billboard Award and a Brit Award.
Along with a 5 piece band and three extremely talented back-up singers, Cee Lo’s energy was certainly felt throughout the venue. Dressed in a purple velvety looking tunic and matching pants, his presence on stage was bold and alive. Incense and billowy smoke filled the stage, creating a relaxing and almost hypnotic environment in the room.
It was especially neat to hear Cee Lo perform songs off his newest record, “Heart Blanche” which was just released in November via Atlantic Records. He delighted the crowd with acoustic versions of “Sign Of The Times”, “Race Against Time” and “Mother May I”.
In a more touching moment of the night, Green spoke about his great love for the late actor, Robin Williams. He then went on to sing a song named after him that is on his newest collection. Cee Lo then moved on to performing a few of his favorite covers. He played the Black Sabbath song, “Planet Caravan”, Supertramp’s “Logical Song”, Frank Zappa’s “I Ain’t Got No Heart” and others. One of the highlights of the evening was when a large white couch was brought to the front of the stage and Cee Lo performed “Crazy” while laying down on it!