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Lionel Richie: Tour with Mariah Carey will be 'camp city'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/23/2017 By MIKE CIDONI LENNOX, AP Entertainment Writer
In this June 7, 2017 photo, singer-songwriter Lionel Richie poses for a portrait in Burbank, Calif., to promote his concert tour. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this June 7, 2017 photo, singer-songwriter Lionel Richie poses for a portrait in Burbank, Calif., to promote his concert tour. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lionel Richie is welcoming full diva behavior from Mariah Carey when she joins his "All the Hits " tour next month.

In this June 7, 2017 photo, singer-songwriter Lionel Richie poses for a portrait in Burbank, Calif., to promote his concert tour. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this June 7, 2017 photo, singer-songwriter Lionel Richie poses for a portrait in Burbank, Calif., to promote his concert tour. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Richie jokes that he expects Carey to bring along a massive entourage and might need a "dressing room larger than the arena," but that's no problem.

In this June 7, 2017 photo, singer-songwriter Lionel Richie poses for a portrait in Burbank, Calif., to promote his concert tour. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this June 7, 2017 photo, singer-songwriter Lionel Richie poses for a portrait in Burbank, Calif., to promote his concert tour. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

"I wanted her to feel in her element," Richie says. "And a diva has to do what a diva has to do."

The Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter says he invited Carey on tour because of her discography of hits and campy vibe.

"It's going to be camp city," Richie says. "And I told her, 'Bring all the camp with you.'"

The 68-year-old father of three — who says he's writing a book called 'How to Survive Your Children' — is accustomed to dramatics. He says his daughter Nicole started her acting career as a teenager at home anytime she denied wrongdoing. Now she's earning praise for her comedic turn in the NBC sitcom "Great News."

"She has the command of what she wants to portray," Richie says of his eldest child. "If it's dramatic, boy can she be dramatic. And just funny. That's a natural."

Richie and Carey's 22-show tour launches July 21 in Oakland. NBC's "Great News" returns for its second season in September.

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