On Sunday, Oct. 19 at 5:15 p.m. PT/8:15 p.m. ET, Yahoo Live will live stream Richard Marx's show from the World Café in Philadelphia. Tune in HERE to watch!
Richard Marx just released his first studio album in six years, Beautiful Goodbye, and he recently pulled off a fantastic publicity stunt to promote it, making a hilarious surprise cameo alongside a pitchy, singing Ryan Seacrest on the Season 13 American Idol finale.
While Richard has made it clear in the past that he's not a fan of singing competitions like Idol, he tells Yahoo Music that he had "no trepidation" accepting his friend Ryan's personal invite to perform on the show.
"Ever since I met [Ryan], he made sure that I knew that I was the first concert he ever went to on a date. And he remembers everything about the concert," Richard says. "He rang me up a couple weeks before the finale and he said, 'I've never sung on the show, they're really trying to get me to sing something on this finale, and I told them the only thing I would consider doing is a Richard Marx song — if Richard Marx would come and do it with me.'
"He said, 'You can't walk the red carpet, you can't tweet about it,' because he really wanted it to be a 'reveal.' And it was a blast, it was really fun… It was a good hang that night."
Apparently Richard is all about paying it forward, since he fondly recalls being treated just as kindly by the artist that he first saw in concert: The Monkees, back in 1969, when he was just 5 years old.
"I got to meet them the day before, because my dad was in the jingle business and he knew everybody," Richard remembers. "They got me out of school and they let me come down and meet them. And there were no other kids; it was just me. And Davy Jones was so awesome to me. He died just a few years ago, and I ran into him, maybe a year or two before he died, at an airport — and I got to tell him that I met him when I was 5 and that he was incredibly gracious to me."
While there's little doubt that Ryan Seacrest was excited to see Richard Marx in concert back in the day and duet with him this year, Richard may have Ryan beat in the excitement department with his own first-concert experience. "I don't think I ever topped [the Monkees' concert], in terms of just mania. I've never been more excited to go to a concert than that," he grins.