Waiting for TLC to come on stage at the Enmore Theatre was like being at a house party full of people that you didn’t need to know in order to have fun. Everyone present was well versed in 90’s and early 2000’s R&B, singing and dancing along to gems by Jade, R Kelly, Groove Theory and Jagged Edge.
Despite a few sound issues, the DJ managed to keep the crowd pumped until the lights dimmed and a troupe of dancers stormed out to the sound of Left Eye‘s intro on ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.’ Once Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas came into view, the audience roared with enthusiasm and glee, as the ladies broke into their hits from Oooooooooh On The TLC Tip.
Donning overalls and their trademark hair styles, TLC delved into their classic catalogue, even including the Vic-E intro to ‘Fanmail.’ The crowd wooo woooo-ed with them on ‘Silly Ho’ and got inspired by ‘Unpretty.’ As the songs veered into CrazySexyCool territory, everyone got into the groove with ‘Diggin On You’ before being seduced by ‘Red Light Special’ and ‘Creep’.
After a brief and electrifying dance interlude, ‘No Scrubs’ saw Chilli take control and work the stage like a pro, making sure the disdain for broke guys was truly felt by all. Finally (and expectedly) ‘Waterfalls’ took it all the way home. Everyone sang at the top of their lungs, and when Left Eye‘s rap came on, the crowd went nuts. Never mind the odd inclusion of a ballerina that may or may not have represented an angel, the memory of Lisa Lopes remained as strong as ever in the hearts of fans.
Despite no other tribute for Left Eye, TLC at the Enmore took everyone back to a time when R&B truly touched people. Just the sound of every audience member singing along was astonishing, with an emotional T-Boz and grinning Chilli, obviously loved being on stage and connecting with their fans. It may have been a brief hour, but it was enough to remind everyone why TLC are one of the most beloved groups of our time.