I find this statement a little ironic -- is your forum name related to King's X album, Mr. Bulbous?to put it bluntly, I think the Kool and the Gang opening choice sucks. I'll be going to the Louisville concert, and considering the ticket price is north of $150 each, I have zero desire to see Kool and the Gang, nor do I think they have any ability to draw me in, mostly because I HATE that Celebrate song. It was gay, annoying and overplayed in the '80's and remains gay. For the life of me, I can't figure out some of VH's strategy when it comes to rewarding their loyal fans.
I recall stories of Prince being booed off the stage at that tour. Some audiences aren't in the mood for variety.I think it's a great idea!
The late, Bill Graham was well known for putting concert bills together where the acts seemingly had little to do with each other. I think this is in that spirit as well. reminds me of the time Prince was the opening act for the Rolling Stones.