New Edition members Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins are hitting the road for a U.S. tour under the name RBRM: Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky & Mike. The name of the group comes from a line in New Edition's 1984 hit song "Cool It Now," when lead singer Ralph Tresvant says, "Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike, if I love the girl, who cares who you like." The RBRM tour kicks off Sept. 6 in Ontario, California, and ends Oct. 20 in Bossier City, Louisiana. The tour's setlist will have songs from New Edition, Brown's solo career and Bell Biv DeVoe.
The nationwide trek follows the premiere of the BET drama miniseries "The Bobby Brown Story," which airs Sept. 4-5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Brown is a co-producer of the series, which covers 30 years of Brown's life. The miniseries was written by Abdul Williams, directed by Kiel Adrian Scott, and executive produced by Jesse Collins for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment. Woody McClain reprises his role as Brown that he played in the critically acclaimed 2017 miniseries "The New Edition Story," which remains BET's highest-rated miniseries.
Other cast members of "The Bobby Brown Story" include Gabrielle Dennis as Whitney Houston, Donshea Hopkins as a teenage Bobbi Kristina Brown and Isaac J. Sullivan as Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. In addition, Elijah Kelley, Keith Powers, Bryshere Y. Gray, Luke James, Algee Smith and Tank reprise their respective "New Edition Story" roles as Bell, DeVoe, Bivins, Johnny Gill, Tresvant and music executive Jheryl Busby. Other "Bobby Brown Story" cast members include Mekhi Phifer (who plays Bobby's brother Tommy), “Lil Rel” Howery, T.K. Carter, Laz Alonso, Lance Gross, Normani (who plays Janet Jackson), Moses Jones (who plays Teddy Riley), Demetrius Shipp Jr. (who plays Tupac Shakur), Brandon Howard (who plays Michael Jackson) and Ephraim Sykes (who plays Keith Sweat). Brown has been saying in interviews that he wants to wait to see the entire miniseries when it premieres on BET.
Brown and the other members of New Edition co-produced "The New Edition Story." The miniseries reignited interest in New Edition, and although fans were hoping that the group would tour that year with the six members including Gill and Tresvant, the tour didn't happen. However, all six members of New Edition reunited for a performance at the 2017 BET Awards.
In a recent interview with the Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 FM in New York City, Brown explained why New Edition didn't tour in 2017: "I play a major part in that not happening, but at the same time, I'm thankful I was able to take my time with what I wanted to do and what we were going to do. Fortunately, we're here now. I was not in the frame of mind to go out on tour or be performing. I had other things that I was working on … It just wasn't the right time."
DeVoe added that although it was "disappointing" that all six members of New Edition couldn't reunite for a tour, he said, "The four of us [RBRM] ... look to continue the legacy of New Edition. We'll get back to New Edition at some point."
Here are the dates of the RBRM's 2018 U.S. tour:
Sept. 6 – Ontario, CA – Citizens Business Bank. Arena
Sept. 7 – Las Vegas, NV – The Sandbar at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
Sept. 8 – Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Casino
Sept. 9 – Tuolumne, CA – Westside Pavilion at Black Oak Casino Resort
Sept. 13 – Milwaukee, WI – Miller High Life Theatre
Sept. 14 – Chicago, IL – Arie Crown Theatre
Sept. 16 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
Sept. 20 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre
Sept. 21 – Brooklyn, NY – Ford Amphitheatre at Coney Island Boardwalk
Sept. 22 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Casino
Sept. 23 – Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sept. 29 – Fairfax, VA – Eagle Bank Arena
Sept. 30 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Oct. 4 – Charlotte, NC – Queen City Music Fest at Bojangles' Coliseum
Oct. 5 – Macon, GA – Macon City Auditorium
Oct. 6 – Atlanta, GA –Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Oct. 7 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Civic Center
Oct. 12 – New Orleans, LA – Lakefront Arena
Oct. 13 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Oct. 19 – Grand Prairie, TX –Verizon Theatre (Tickets)
Oct. 20 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center
Oct. 27 – Hampton, VA – Hampton Roads Soul Music Festival at Hampton Coliseum
Nov. 3 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
Nov. 9 – Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Music Festival at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Nov. 10 – Miami, FL – Hot 105's Fourth Annual R&B Groove at James L. Knight Center