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July 29, 2013


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July 29, 2013


Lil Mama joins T-Boz and Chilli for surprise performance


(Atlanta, GA) Grammy Award winning super group, TLC, returned to the stage Saturday, July 27 for the 2013 Mixtape Festival in Hershey, PA. The multi-platinum selling group joined a host of other acts including Hanson, Boyz II Men, The Jonas Brothers and New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) in a combined 2-day music festival at Hershey Park Stadium.

In their very first performance in the states since 2009, T-Boz and Chilli embraced the stage as if they never left. Fans welcomed the duo by chanting “TLC” every time their name was mentioned and especially as the movie trailer of their upcoming biopic, “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” was played on the jumbo screens. TLC took adoring fans on a trip down memory lane as they performed a medley of their greatest hits including, “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg”, “Hat 2 Da Back”, “Red Light Special”, “Waterfalls”, an acoustic version of “Unpretty” and “No Scrubs”.

The biggest surprise of the evening was Lil’ Mama, who plays the late great Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in TLC’s upcoming biopic on VH1, joining the duo on stage during “No Scrubs.” After her performance, T-Boz and Chilli graciously thanked Lil’ Mama for her tribute and reiterated to the fans that she is not a permanent replacement. “You’re hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth, we said we will never replace her,” says T-Boz. Chilli went on to state, “that was our sister and she still is our sister, we’ve also stated that we want to continue moving forward in order for us to continue to make new music for you guys, our fans.”

TLC made their claim to fame in the early 1990s comprised of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. Known for their girl power anthems and HIV/AIDS advocacy, TLC went on to release a total of 3 albums, received numerous awards and accolades and became the biggest selling female group of all time. In 2002, band mate Left Eye was tragically killed in a car accident in Honduras. Later that year, T-Boz and Chilli decided to continue on as TLC and released their 4th album, 3D.

Prior to the 2013 Mixtape Festival, TLC held a press conference in New York City to announce reuniting with music mogul, L.A. Reid via Epic Records. The duo also noted the Mixtape Festival was the first of many upcoming projects that will celebrate their 20 years in music including the biopic, which will air on VH1 in October, and a new album. Super producer Dallas Austin and Ne-Yo are some of the collaborations confirmed for their upcoming album.


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