Friday, April 27, 2012

TLC Announces 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour, May Feature Left Eye, Plus New Album



This week marks the 10th anniversary of TLC rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes's sudden death. She was only 30 years old. 


I can't believe it has been this long since Left Eye has been gone.


Now the two remaining members of the 90's group, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas are celebrating the groups 20th anniversary this year. 


They recently told Essence magazine that the group plans to go on tour, and they plan to show footage of Left Eye's old performances while performing, something they have done before.


In addition to a tour, T-Boz and Chilli told Essence they are planning on doing a new album. The ladies are also working on a scripted biopic with VH1 in celebration of their 20th anniversary.


Pieces of the interview are below:




ESSENCE.com: Today marks 10 years since we lost Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in a tragic car accident. What do you remember about that day?

T-BOZ: She died a day before my birthday. I remember everything. I was with security in my Porsche and I said to them, “I feel like I’m going to get in a wreck and I want to go home.” The driver said: “Well, that’s on the other side of town.” I didn’t care; I wanted to go home. I just felt something was going to happen to me, but it wasn’t me — it was Lisa. I was sitting in a rocking chair in my daughter’s room after putting her down when I got a call from Chilli. She was screaming. I had just gotten out the hospital from fighting sickle cell so I had to be careful about getting upset. Everybody was trying to keep me calm.

I remember staying up all night and Patti Labelle and Missy Elliot calling me. Whitney Houston was at Lisa’s funeral. She sat behind me and rubbed my shoulders for two hours, while telling me, “It’s going to be okay, it’s going to be all right.” Right before that, I remember Lisa played a trick where she went missing and nobody knew where she was. This was the one time I wish she was joking and doing one of her stunts, but she wasn’t.

ESSENCE.com: People playfully identified her as the crazy one in the group because of the notable fire in 1994, among other things. What’s the biggest misconception about Left Eye?

T-BOZ: That’s the part that sucked. The fire could’ve even been stopped if they stopped acting like little girls and put the fire out. That really could’ve been settled differently. I just really wish people would’ve known her for the sweet passionate person she really was. She was very creative, too. I remember I was in the hospital for four months and she sent me a clock that she made and the clock read: “Take all the time you need.” She really put thought into things.

CHILLI: People didn’t understand how much of a heart she really had and how passionate and giving she was. She might have come across as someone who wanted to start trouble all the time, but that wasn’t it; she just had a lot to say. Sometimes when you speak what’s on your mind — I’m talking everything on your mind, and people can get a misconception of you. So because she spoke her mind, all of the time, it caused people to misjudge her.



Read the rest of the interview over HERE at Essence.


Yesterday was also T-Boz's 42nd birthday. My how time flies. I'm glad the ladies are making a comeback. I miss the 90's music and all the girl groups!


What is your favorite TLC song?

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