PHOTOS: Mary J. Blige Shows the Love at Grand Theatre

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Mary J. Blige brought a message of love to Reno on her “Strength Of A Woman Tour” at the Grand Theater inside the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Sept. 8, 2017. It seemed the place to be that Friday night.

The singer, songwriter, and rapper talked to the fans about how men and women can live a lifetime together without cheating, punching, or yelling. All you have to do, she said, is love and respect one another and treat each other like Kings and Queens. And most importantly, honor each other and everything will work out so you will be the happiest you can be.

Starting as a back-up singer on Uptown Records in 1989, Blige released her first album, “What’s the 411?” in 1992, and has released 13 studio albums since. She’s also become a record producer, actress, and model in that time.

Blige played a solid ninety-minute set that went something like this:

“Love Yourself,” “The One,” “Enough Cryin,” “I Can Love You,” “You Bring Me Joy,” “Reminise,” “Real Love,” “You Remind Me,” “Be Happy,” “Love No Limit,” “Don’t Mind,” “Share My World,” “Everything,” “My Life,” “I’m Going Down” (Rose Royce Cover), “U + M” (Love Lesson), “Thick Of It,” “Not Gon’ Cry,” “No More Drama,” and three encore songs, “Glow Up,” “Just Fine,” and “Family Affair.”

This was my first time seeing Mary J. Blige or covering a show like this. It was way out of my regular rock ‘n’ roll shows, but I must confess I liked it more than I thought I would. All the people there were really into the entire show, singing and dancing to every song she played. It was quite impressive. I would go see her again.

The GSR is loaded with great upcoming shows. Check their website to see who’s playing next.

And remember to support your local bands and venues … Go to a Show

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John Tuckness
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John Tuckness has been photographing rock concerts in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and as far as Northern California since 2004. He tries to attend as many shows as he can. John knew he wanted to be a concert photographer when he went to his first concert, Kiss and Montrose way back in 1976. He saw three guys shooting the show and thought to himself, "that's what I want to do." After many years of undercover work (sneaking his camera into venues), he finally got noticed and started getting photo passes through PR people and the bands. John has had many of his photos published in newspapers, websites and band autobiographies.