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Common ‘Let Love Have the Last Word’ tour returns to Charlotte
Program at Belk Theater on Aug. 23
Published Thursday, August 15, 2019 10:15 am
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Common returns to Charlotte Aug. 23 for the "Let Love Have the Last Word" tour at Belk Theater.

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Common is coming back to Charlotte.

“Let Love Have the Last Word,” his combined book and album tour, included a stop in Charlotte at The Park Ministries Beatties Ford Road campus on May 31. The Grammy, Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning artist’s book, “Let Love Have the Last Word,” was released in May, with an album of the same name scheduled for an Aug. 30 release. He will perform Aug. 23 at Belk Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $30.

“I never ventured into a project where I was writing the album based upon a book or a film—some project where it was already connected,” Common told The Post in May. “I’ve had titles that were based on other things, “Like Water for Chocolate”—the title of one of my albums—it was based on a movie and a book, but I didn’t write the album around the movie.”

Love provided the stage for both the book and the music, which fed Common’s creativity.

“I love when I have themes to write about,” he said. “Usually when I get a title for an album, I am off and running, I’m going. This theme was already there: ‘Let love have the last word,’ and I knew it wasn’t just about romantic love, and I knew this book was very personal and going into a lot of places. I didn’t necessarily know where I was going to take all the music, but it opened it up for me to go into different places and different stories about dynamics in relationships, about myself, and have a theme with it.”

Song titles include “Show me that you love,” “Forever your love,” “Good morning love,” “Her love,” “Crib love” and others in that vein. It is about telling stories both on the page and in song.

“It is inspiring to me,” Common said. “It is a great project. I am excited about it.”

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