Tonight's Lionel Richie concert at the Convention and Exhibition Centre marks the first time the singer has officially performed in the city since the '80s, though he did sneak in a private show last year. 'I was planning to go to The Peak last time, for the prettiest night scenery in the world, but obviously was unable to,' he said. 'I really hope that I can visit with my family this time.' For those who remember the singer from his mid-80s chart-topping heyday, it may come as a surprise to learn that he is now 61, but he still performs with cutting-edge R&B artists (Ne-Yo and Akon were on his last album, Let Go) and is set to sing everyone's favourites tonight. 'Hello, the most romantic song. All Night Long, the most exciting song, as all of you can't resist standing up and dancing with me. And I very much look forward to singing Endless Love with all Hong Kong ladies.' The last few years have been eventful for Richie. Aside from touring, he became a grandfather in 2008 and performed at friend Michael Jackson's memorial last year. 'He's one of the best artists I've ever met,' Richie said, adding that it was particularly memorable working with Jackson on We Are the World. 'It's regrettable and unfortunate for a person like him to pass away. The world lost a big star.' But don't expect the autobiography just yet from a singer who has sold more than 100 million records. There's a possible Commodores reunion still in the works ('In my deep heart it's always on. But in this reality we have to face some obstacles') and future ambitions to play more concerts in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. And all that fits in with his friendly, optimistic approach to life. 'My motto could be: one catches more flies with honey than with vinegar,' he joked.