Video: Show had to go on for grieving Brown
Published 13/02/2012 | 05:00
WHITNEY Houston's ex-husband went on stage just hours after he learned of her death.
"First of all, I want to tell you that I love you all," he told fans gathered at a nearly sold-out 7,500-seat venue in northern Mississippi. "Second, I would like to say, 'I love you, Whitney.' The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage."
Bobby Brown took the stage as part of the New Edition reunion tour at the Landers Centre in Southaven, close to Memphis, Tennessee.
He said he decided to go on with the performance because fans had shown their loyalty to the group New Edition for more than 25 years.
He performed about 10 songs over more than an hour -- 'My Prerogative' and 'Mr Telephone Man' among them -- before he appeared visibly shaken on stage.
Mr Brown suddenly appeared overcome with emotion as the concert wound down, wiping his face with his vest as the group prepared to sing a ballad.
When the song began, he joined in, but his voice cracked. He then waved to the fans and walked off stage. The show ended shortly afterward.
Ms Houston and Mr Brown had a tumultuous 15-year marriage that ended in 2007 and in 1993, they had a daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
Before New Edition took the stage, Landers Centre executive director, Todd Mastry, had indicated Mr Brown would go on as scheduled.Video@:?