The Kings Men Tour comes to Houston this Thursday, 7pm at The Reliant Area we’ll be there and we want you to join us this is a first for Live Nation and Kirk and the rest of the team is happy about what this means.
“The hope is that the tour does so well that the demand continues to grow,” Houghton said in a recent interview. “I think if we play it right, and executed it the way we hope, it’s going to be a game changer.”
The 16-city tour kicked off Sept. 16 in Phoenix. Franklin views it as an opportunity to pave the way for other top gospel acts. As a follow-up to King’s Men, he hopes there will be an all-women gospel tour that’ll include acts such as Mary Mary and Yolanda Adams.
“This tour is an extension of all (our) sacrifice and hard work,” he said. “It’s an extension of the Fred Hammonds, the Commissioned. … It’s important that everybody sees us as an extension of them. The success of this will continue to open up those doors to celebrate those men, ladies and daughters of the King’s Men tour.”
Franklin assembled the team of gospel’s heavyweight singers to join him, and then approached Live Nation with the idea of the King’s Men tour. He invited one of the company’s executives to attend the recent Stellar Awards with him.
That’s all Franklin needed to hook Live Nation, and everything else fell into place.
“I saw how amazing the emotional side of gospel is,” said Kevin Morrow, the senior vice president of touring at Live Nation and a former manager for gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama. “I had forgotten how unbelievably great the singers are in gospel. I went back and told everyone else at Live Nation that we need to get in business with them.”
Morrow said he was impressed by the different elements of musical talent the self-proclaimed “King’s Men” bring to the table. He was attracted by McClurkin’s smooth crooning, Franklin’s ability to mesh a hip-hop melody with gospel as a producer and choir director, Sapp’s soaring voice and Houghton’s jazzy rock presence.
“When you see those four guys together, the only thing you can compare them to in the rock world are the Traveling Wilburys,” Morrow said of the supergroup that included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty. “With the King’s Men, these are four guys, four different parts of their lives with four different types of music. This just seems like the right time and the right movement for them and gospel.”
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