Ronnie DeVoe has high hopes for his group’s show at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino in August.
Besides performing with Bell Biv DeVoe, he hopes to squeeze in a few rounds of golf. Hopefully, it won’t be as daunting as the last time he stepped onto the Arizona greens.
“The very first time I saw a bobcat up close and personal was at one of the courses in Scottsdale,” DeVoe says with a laugh. “Man, it scared the living crap out of me.
“It was too close for comfort. Luckily, I was with another older couple, and they made me feel comfortable about it.”
DeVoe hopes this time around the adventure is limited to the stage, where, he says, the trio maintains its energy and appreciation for the fans it had in 1990 when the song “Poison” was released.
“The moves we were doing back then are the exact ones we’re doing today,” DeVoe says. “Instead of 110, we’re giving about 95 easily. Other than that, we cover all the classic records. We touch on New Edition, too, which was part of my history.
“It’s a nice night of BBD music.”
BBD shows connect with fans, he says, because they conjure feelings and emotions from a time in the past.
“It’s not about responsibility,” says DeVoe, 51. “It’s about good times we were having. We love to watch and let people enjoy themselves for a good hour, then it’s back to the hectic hustle and bustle of life. We don’t take these 30-plus years for granted.
“Plus, that era—the ’90s and sliding back into the latter ’80s—there’s something about it. We’re seeing a resurgence for the culture and the energy. It resonates off the radio or iPod or what have you. It was a great time in history.”
BBD sees 2020 as a special year as it marks 30 years since the release of “Poison.” After rounding out 2019 with charity shows and spot dates, DeVoe, Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins will promote its anniversary
“We’re gearing up for the 30th anniversary of ‘Poison’ and the introduction of BBD,” he says. “We have a lot of amazing things going on. We have a movie coming out toward the end of the year. There’s a lot to expect from us next year.
“We released ‘Three Stripes’ last year and the single ‘Run’ is definitely one of those bangers to be proud of. We’re going to release something new for the 30th anniversary.”
DeVoe is still surprised at how quickly the 30 years passed.
“Where does the time go—especially when you’re still young at heart and your energy is good,” he says. “I don’t take it for granted. I eat as well as possible. I work out every now and then. We make sure we’re in shape so we’re giving people their money’s worth.”
Bell Biv DeVoe
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 Maricopa Road, Maricopa, 480.802.5000, caesars.com/harrahs-ak-chin, 8 p.m. Friday, August 30, ticket start at $29.50.