Derek BlanksFollowing the debut of The Bobby Brown Story this week on BET, Bell Biv DeVoe is hitting the road with Bobby on the RBRM tour, which kicks off Thursday in Ontario, California. Fifty-year old Ricky Bell, whose battle with cocaine addiction was told in The New Edition Story, says he’s looking forward to the end of the tour so he can finally start a family.
Bell says he’s grateful to his wife, Amy, for helping him overcome his drug abuse.
“She’s been like really just a reflection of what God’s love is in a human being,” Bells tells ABC Radio. “So shout out to Amy Bell. Can’t wait to have babies with you after this tour.”
Bell’s BBD partner, Ronnie DeVoe, is also 50, and last year he became a father for the first time. He and his wife, Shamari, have twin boys named Ronald and Roman. Ronnie says it was one of the greatest blessings of his life.
“Outside of my relationship with God, and my marriage with my wife, that is the best thing that has ever happened to me, my children,” he tells ABC Radio. But he admits he’s very happy he waited until he was 50 to have kids.
“[I’m] excited about the fact that it happened later on in life for me,” DeVoe says, “because we were running around the country just doing all kinds of things. So who knows what type of parent I would have been at 30 or 25 or what have you?”
DeVoe feels he is definitely Father of the Year, boasting, “I just know the best parent on the planet in my eyes.” (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
The RBRM tour consists of ten dates and will wrap up September 23 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Here are the tour dates:
9/6– Ontario, CA, Citizens Business Bank Arena
9/7 — Las Vegas, NV, Red Rock Casino
9/8 — Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino
9/9 — Tuolumne, CA , West Pavilion at Black Oak Casino and Resort
9/13 — Milwaukee, WI, Miller High Life Theatre
9/14 — Chicago, IL, Arie Crown Theatre
9/16 — St. Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena
9/21 — Brooklyn, NY, Ford Amphitheatre at Coney Island
9/22 — Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Casino
9/23 — Atlantic City, NJ, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
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