During their Feb.16 performance in front of a sold-out audience at the Showplace Arena, the 2012 New Edition reunion train graced the D.C. area in a nostalgic, smoothed-out hip hop and R&B kind of way.
People from every background were seen at the concert and many stated that they hadn't seen the group since the '80's.
Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), was also on hand, said he has been a New Edition fan all his life. "I'm here to be supportive of these guys," he said. "They're an extraordinary part of our culture, very big part of our generation."
Once members of the dynamic group -- Ronnie, Johnny, Ralph, Mike, and Ricky -- took stage, the crowd went into a frenzy. As the group started to perform, many in the crowd anticipated that Bobby Brown would also appear. And, once Bobby glided on to the stage to join the group, the crowd erupted.
"We love you Bobby," was heard throughout the building. Bobby paused, looking emotionally hurt, before he spoke.
"First and foremost, I'd like to say that I love you all. I'd like to say thank you for your prayers. I'd like to say thank you period," Brown said. He then threw two fingers up in the air and paid tribute to his ex-wife Whitney Houston and her family, and went on to say: "Life is life; you've got to move on sometimes."
Afterward, D.C. native Johnny Gill addressed the audience and the concert took off as people jumped to their feet to the beat of New Edition's 1983 hit, "Jealous Girl."
From start to finish, New Edition never lost a step and the love they showed on stage together said that this reunion train will continue to bring fans to their feet and put smiles on their faces.