Richard Marx returns to the Capitol Theatre in the Downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. for a solo appearance.
CLEARWATER - Richard Marx returns to the Capitol Theatre in the Downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. for a solo appearance.
On tour in support of his planned release, A Night Out With Friends, Grammy Award Winner Marx returns to the Capitol for a third appearance. Previous shows sold out quickly as did the Dec. 1 show.
Marx's second show on Dec. 4 was postponed due to scheduling conflict, according to a Nov. 30 announcement. A rescheduled date in early 2013 will be announced soon and tickets will be honored for that date. Fans are encouraged to keep their tickets for the best seats. Tickets can be returned to point of purchase. Once tickets are received, refunds will be issued to their credit card. Refund checks will be mailed to those who purchased by cash or check.
Richard Marx’s latest live concert CD/DVD release A Night Out With Friends, features special guests Hugh Jackman, J.C. Chasez, Matt Scannell and Sara Niemietz and is available beginning this week.
For more than 20 years, Richard Marx has consistently and powerfully made his mark on the music industry. His debut single Don’t Mean Nothing and self-titled debut album kicked off his career as a solo artist in 1987 and went on to sell 3 million copies. His 1989 follow-up CD, Repeat Offender, became even more successful, selling more than 7 million copies worldwide. From 1987 to 1990, he became the first male solo artist in history to have his first 7 singles reach the top 5 on Billboard’s singles chart, including the #1 hit songs Hold On to the Nights, Satisfied and the worldwide classic, Right Here Waiting. This feat remains unchallenged. Emotional Remains, Richard’s latest release in 2009, received critical acclaim.
Over the course of his career he has written 13 No. 1 hit singles and sold more than 30 million albums collaborating with such artists as Luther Vandross, Ringo Starr and Keith Urban. He has been nominated for Grammy awards three times and received an American Music Award nomination for favorite male singer. In 1992, he was awarded Best Selling Adult Contemporary Artist at the Billboard Music awards, and received the International Song of the Year Award at the Australian Music awards for his song, Hazard, from his double platinum CD, Rush Street. 1994’s Paid Vacation CD also went platinum and featured the single, Now and Forever which not only went top 10 on the Billboard Pop Chart, but spent a nearly record breaking 13 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard AC Chart. In addition to selling more than 30 million records, and writing, as of 2009, 13 No. 1 songs, he remained a fixture on pop and adult contemporary radio for years, even as he emerged as a top producer working with some of the biggest names in the music business such as *NSYNC, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Vince Gill, 98°, Luther Vandross, Kenny Rogers, Sarah Brightman, Lara Fabian, Sister Hazel, The Tubes and SHeDAISY. More recently, he has written and produced records for Daughtry, Leann Rimes, Katherine Jenkins, Travis Tritt, Emerson Drive, Natalie Cole, Keith Urban, Paulina Rubio, Kenny Loggins, Chris Botti, Michael Bolton and actor Hugh Jackman.
As his career began in 1987, Marx immediately got involved with many charitable organizations. By donating the royalties from his 1987 hit single, Should’ve Known Better, he helped build a room at the NYU Medical Center where pediatric cancer patients can play while at the hospital. In 1989, he wrote and recorded the song Children of the Night about the plight of homeless children on the streets and donated all the song’s royalties to the Children of the Night Foundation, which houses and reforms street kids. To date, the song has raised more than $500,000. Additionally, he has performed benefit concerts for many organizations, including the TJ Martell Foundation, Toys For Tots, Make A Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society, Best Buddies and the Special Olympics. In 2005, Richard and his band flew to Kitzingen, Germany to perform for US troops stationed there, and as of 2008, he hosts an annual event in Chicago for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The first event featured a concert by Richard and the legendary Kenny Rogers.
Perhaps closest to Richard’s heart is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, whom he aligned with in 2000. He organized what has become an annual benefit concert to raise funds for research to cure the disease. The multi act, all-star concerts have, thus far, raised more than $3 million.
In February 2004, Richard won the Song of the Year Grammy for Dance With My Father, which he wrote with the late Luther Vandross. It was a big night for several reasons. “It was the award itself,” says Richard. “For me and more importantly for Luther. I was proud.”
2005’s Better Life, a song written by Richard and Keith Urban which was included in Keith’s last CD, the triple platinum Be Here, was the biggest hit single from the CD, spending 6 consecutive weeks at 1 on Billboard’s Country Singles chart.
In the summer of 2006, Richard was asked to join “Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band” for a North American tour of 22 cities. Richard played guitar in the band supporting Ringo and others, including Billy Squier, and performed his own hits at each show. Ringo and Richard recently co-wrote a song for Ringo’s CD in 2010.
In 2007, Keith Urban released another song co-written by Richard, Everybody from his Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing CD. The song went top 5 on the Country charts.
In 2008, Richard began touring with Vertical Horizon lead singer, Matt Scannell, as an acoustic duo. They released a CD, Duo on iTunes, and played shows throughout the US. They continue to do occasional shows together and in early 2010 they released a live CD, which was followed by an electric rock record as a duo.
Revision: updated to announce postponement for Dec. 4 and the sell out for Dec. 1.