This month kicks off the inaugural I Love the ’90s Tour which features ’90s hip-hop and R&B stars including Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa, Biz Markie, Color Me Badd, All-4-One, Rob Base, Tone Lōc, Young MC, and Kool Moe Dee. Initially the tour only had a handful of shows scheduled, but it became so popular that it led to the addition of several nationwide tour dates.
“It feels like you’re taking people back to a time in their lives that they really enjoyed,” Cheryl “Salt” James of Salt-N-Pepa explained to USA Today about the tour’s appeal. “It’s just one big ’90s party.” And James is right; we did enjoy those years. They were a part of a more simple time in our lives—before marriage, kids, jobs, and life—when we were teens growing up listening to our favorite songs and watching our favorite movies and television shows. This tour is a reminder of all those great moments.
I think back to one of the most memorable TV shows of the 1990s, Beverly Hills 90210. Color Me Badd appeared in the episode where Donna catches her mother cheating on her father, while Brenda and Kelly do their best to find the members of the all-male band. When they finally do, they enlist CMB to help cheer up Donna. The band comes back to the Peach Pit and performs a wonderfully memorable version of “Dream On.”
Now, all these years later, I share some of the less explicit ’90s rap with my tweens. We laugh as I sing off-key to Biz Markie, dance the Kid ‘n Play, and try to convince them that when I was young, this stuff was cool. I explain that these songs, these bands, meant something. I tell my daughter how inspired I felt by Salt-N-Pepa, one of the first female rap groups (along with Spinderella) to jump into the male-dominated world of hip-hop. I use them as another weapon in my arsenal when trying to teach her that girls and women can be and do anything.
This tour will allow those of us lucky enough to get our hands on tickets to step back in time. For one night, we will return to the 1990s to sing and dance along with the songs that played such a meaningful and entertaining role in our formative years.
The I Love the ’90s Tour will kick off on April 15 in Greenville, South Carolina, and run through October in select cities nationwide. More information can be found here.