Make It Last Forever was a very special show at the Greek Theatre on Aug. 18 that brought together five of the biggest pop/R&B/soul acts of the late '80s and '90s together. Opening the show was Color Me Badd which played a short set of 15 minutes with their hits “I Wanna Sex You Up,” “I Adore Mi Amore, and “All 4 Love.” Since Color Me Badd reformed in 2010 they have been performing as a duo of Bryan Abrams and Mark Calderon. Next up was Tony! Toni! Tone! Although their set was just 20 minutes it was very memorable with songs like “Whatever You Want,” “It Never Rains (In Southern California),” and “(Lay Your Head on My) Pillow.” The next act was En Vogue, which is now a trio, including founding members Terry Ellis, Cindy Heron and Rhona Bennett, who has been a member on and off since 2003. The ladies in En Vogue sounded incredible as they sang hits like “Free Your Mind,” “Déjà Vu” and “Whatta Man.” Just two days earlier the world lost the "Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin and En Vogue paid a beautiful tribute of performing her hit “Respect.”
Before the closing set was none other than Bel Biv Devoe, the trio of singers Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe who make up half of New Edition. They started as a group that branched off from New Edition with the idea coming from legendary producers Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam. Although they only released four albums, their debut album Poison went 4x platinum. BBD didn’t just do their own hits but also performed hits they recorded as part of New Edition such as “Mr. Telephone Man,” and “Candy Girl.” The BBD hits performed included “Do Me!,” “B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)” and “Poison.”
Heading the show was none other than the man himself Mr. Keith Sweat who I had the pleasure of seeing earlier this year with Charlie Wilson at the Microsoft Theater. Sweat has done it all from singing to writing to producing to acting. Sweat has released over 10 albums since 1987 with his debut album being the namesake of this special show Make It Last Forever. Sweat’s first six albums were all ranked from platinum to 4x platinum. Sweat played hits like “Make You Sweat,” “Just Got Paid,” and “Come Back.” For being someone that grew up in the 90’s and didn’t have a chance to see these acts, this was a very unforgettable show.