New Edition – We’re Performing Without 2 Members, Our Name Is “RBRM”
Looks like New Edition is making some changes to how the group refers to itself. This week, four of its members announced that that would be touring. Members Ronnie Devoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Belly and Michael Bivins referred to themselves as RBRM, noting that they’d be performing May, June and September. RBRM appears to refer to the four group member’s first names.
Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant were not mentioned or featured on the flyer.
Earlier this month, Bivins admitted that there was tension in the group, but stated that he was hopeful that they could iron out their differences. He stated,
I will do my part and talk and open up communication to get this ish back on track Ralph, Ricky , Ronnie , Bobby , Johnny & Brooke. With love and honor and respect at the table , God can do his work Good am & God Bless
New Edition is an R&B group from the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, formed in 1978. The group reached its height of popularity in the 1980s. During the group’s first experience with fame in 1983, its members were Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe and Ralph Tresvant. Early hits included “Candy Girl,” “Cool It Now,” and “Mr. Telephone Man”. Brown was voted out of the group in 1985 and embarked on a solo career. The group continued for a time with its remaining four members, but eventually recruited singer Johnny Gill, who would be introduced on their 1988 album Heart Break. The group went on hiatus in 1990, while its various members worked on side projects, such as the group Bell Biv DeVoe. Gill and Tresvant also recorded successful solo albums.
All six members of New Edition reunited in 1996 to record the group’s sixth studio album Home Again. During the ill-fated Home Again Tour, both Bobby Brown and Michael Bivins eventually quit the group, forcing the remainder of the tour to be canceled. Various reunions have occurred since, usually with the 1987-1990 lineup, though occasionally also including Brown. Their last studio album was 2004’s One Love. The group received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 23, 2017.