Bobby Brown @ Celebrity Theatre
You want depressing? Try this: Bobby Brown on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club. In healthier, happier times, Brown wouldn't have come within 50 feet of VH1, cable television's premier clearinghouse for vanity reality shows. But Brown isn't what he used to be. He's no longer a suave, stealthy playa with the gap-toothed grin that made girls swoon. Today's Bobby Brown is a sad facsimile of his old self, shilling clownishly in front of anyone who'll pay attention. It'd be funny if he weren't so obviously troubled — the man's problems with cocaine (among too many other vices to count) are well documented — and didn't have so much real-life baggage. Brown's ex-wife, starlet turned skeleton Whitney Houston, died of a drug overdose last year; many point to their 1992 nuptials as the beginning of the end for her. Brown has turned plenty of things to shit throughout his career. His ego and recklessness are supposedly to blame for the dissolution of '80s Boston boy band New Edition, and every subsequent attempt at a reunion has fizzled for one reason or another. Musically, though, the man was capable of stopping time. His 1988 album, Don't Be Cruel, was as sublime and kooky as Sign o' the Times — it'd be beautiful if he was able to focus on musical greatness once again.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.
More Music News
- 9 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend
Fri., Dec. 4, 8:00pm
Sat., Dec. 5, 8:00pm
Sun., Dec. 6, 3:00pm
Sun., Dec. 6, 7:30pm
- Cave Creek's Legendary Buffalo Chip Saloon Destroyed by "Suspicious" Fire
- 16 Places to Drink on Thanksgiving in Phoenix