Bizarre Brown Antics Spoil New Edition Reunion
Bobby Brown reunited with his New Edition bandmates on stage last night (02JULY06), but his pretentious antics had the audience yelling for him to get off the stage. The singer, who is married to pop star Whitney Houston, left the band in the 1980s to pursue a solo career but he returned to his roots for two songs at the Essence Music Festival in Houston, Texas. As the other five members of the soulful group moved through slick choreography, Brown ran around the stage wildly performing raunchy dance moves. After the band brought the crowd to its feet with their performance of MR TELEPHONE MAN, Brown then left the stage and the remainder of the group - original members Ralph Tresvant, RICKY BELL, MICHAEL BIVINS and RONNIE DeVOE, plus Johnny Gill, who replaced Brown - performed several ballads. Brown followed with a solo set that started with DON'T BE CRUEL, then quickly turned to more raunchy dancing and talk about his sex life with Houston. By the time he finished MY PREROGATIVE, Brown was shirtless and many in the audience were screaming for him to get off the stage.