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Richard Marx, now and forever an entertaining show

I caught Richard Marx’s show at Seattle’s Neptune Theater on Friday. A surprisingly eclectic crowd didn’t let the soggy evening dampen their enthusiasm for this magnetic performer’s solo acoustic set.

Marx’s debut single, “Don’t Mean Nothing” and self-titled debut album kicked off his career as a solo artist in 1987 and went on to sell three million copies. His 1989 follow-up CD, “Repeat Offender,” sold more than seven million copies worldwide. From 1987 to 1990, he became the first male solo artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the top five on Billboard’s singles chart, including the Number One hits “Hold On to the Nights,” “Satisfied” and the worldwide classic, “Right Here Waiting.” Marx’s recent work includes country songwriting with Keith Urban, and a holiday CD, Christmas Spirit.

The gutsy Marx performed a song completely unplugged, and provided a preview of upcoming releases along with longtime favorites. His amusing rapport with the audience, largely centered around those who confuse his songs with those of friend Bryan Adams, provided smooth transition among his diverse musical selections.

Marx’s tour continues through mid-December. For dates and ticket information, visit