TLC spill on some of the embarrassing moments that have happened to them while on tour or a live performance!
Speaking to ET! Live in May, T-Boz and Chilli reveal some of those moments along with their current Live Nation touring partners, rappers Nelly and Flo Rida.
Ever Forgotten lyrics?
Nelly: I sang the whole verse of the song, twice! Back to back on stage!
T-Boz: They be like ‘that’s the second verse twice!’ (Whispers) Shut up!
Chilli: I did that recently, with Weezer. I did. Because I’m not used to anybody singing the verses. So, he was singing the first verse, and I came in on the nose. Then I came in on the second verse, and I was going to sing the first verse again, for the second! I was like, oh my gosh! That was so crazy.
Nelly: But the thing is, if you ever have the pleasure to have been in this thing for as long as we have, and the success, you’re gonna forget some things! Snoop has a teleprompter!
T-Boz: I remember mostly everything I sing, but we don’t sing the one’s I don’t remember! Okay?
Ever Been Injured On Stage?
T-Boz: I’ve had some sprains.
Chilli: I have too.
Nelly: I fell off the stage! They had these speakers set up, and I thought they were set up the same on the other side, and I had on sunglasses so it was dark. So, we look for the neon tape on the stage. On the other side, I thought I saw the tape, but the speakers were in a triangle, and there was a hole right there set up in triangles. And I went, straight down!
T-Boz: Did you get hurt?
Nelly: My ego!
T-Boz: I fell one time, but you just gotta get back up and act like it don’t hurt, but you be dying!
Nelly: You be sore. Sprained my whole front shin up.
Flo Rida: I’ve had multiple falls (laughs).
T-Boz: I’ve never done that in TLC, though. I fell in a play of all things.
Chilli: You did trip once, though.
T-Boz: Yeah, I did on Arsenio. That was Lisa’s fault. She would always hit us in the head with awards and stuff!
Chilli: She was so clumsy! Not just awards — the mics, everything!
Ever had to lip sync?
T-Boz: Remember at the Grammys and the mic’s were broke? This was the most God-awful show. We were supposed to sing live, but the mic’s didn’t fit, and it was live so they just pushed us out there with nothing and played the track.
Chilli: In seconds! So we were like, instead of pretending, let’s just go out there with nothing!
T-Boz: And just sing, because it was live so you just do what you had to do. So they just played the track.
Nelly: They did that with Soul Train. Everybody did lip sync on that. I used to think they were lying, but do you see any chords to any microphones? The band wasn’t plugged in, the guitars weren’t plugged in, I was like, oh man!
Chilli: Top Of The Pops, too. Remember that in London?
Nelly: Overseas a lot.
T-Boz: Yeah, they want you to.
Get tickets to see TLC on tour with Nelly and Flo Rida this summer at LiveNation.com!
Ever wondered how the gorgeous ‘C’ of TLC always looks like the perfect package of perfection from head to toe? You’re about to find out!
Chilli spoke with Go 95.3‘s Auggie & Sophia on today’s show to reveal her tips on how she always looks so amazing, as well as what her favourite TLC song and what’s in store on the upcoming tour this summer.
You’ll have to wait and see! But I will put it to you this way — performing means everything to us. People wanna come out and see us, so we always make sure that we put on a high energy show for eveyone. So, you’re gonna get that.
Chilli’s Secrets To Looking Amazing
Obviously, what I do, and I tell people this all the time, yes working out is very important. If you don’t do it, you get stiff. So, I like to encourage people to do what works for them. I don’t like to jog, I’m not a jogger, but I can dance all day long! When jogging, I’ll be out of breath in like two seconds. If that’s something to a person, then do it.
Even on the days when you have to push yourself a little more, you’ll go ahead and do it. So, for me, I like to work out at home. All of my work outs consist of Beachbody DVD work outs and their programs. Because I’m very petite, so I can’t just do cardio, otherwise I’ll look invisible. I like to incorporate weights. But you gotta eat right.
Vegetarian and Flexitarian Lifestyle
I am a vegetarian and an occasional pescatarian. Like, if I cook salmon for my son or my family, I’ll eat it. Occasionally, I’m a flexitarian (laughs). I love that. Other than that, it’s plant based. I try and stay away from gluten. I don’t have an issue with gluten things, but the gut doesn’t like it. I don’t drink the devil’s juice, at all. I don’t do drugs of any kind, I just never got into anything like that. And that makes a huge difference to ageing, it will definitely speed up the process. I drink a lot of alkaline water, 95% of the time. I try to get good sleep, and I don’t have the stress of a relationship!
Favourite TLC song
I really love “Hat 2 Da Back”. It’s my favourite song because the lyrics describe us to a T. And Lisa’s rap — it’s my favourite rap of hers! It’s so much fun, and the video is fun, I just love that song!
TLC perform at the Twin Cities Pride in Minneapolis on June 22.
Tickets to the TLC amphitheater tour with Nelly & Flo Rida available at LiveNation.com.
Could the ladies of TLC ever make their Real Housewives of Atlanta debut?
T-Boz and Chilli sat down with ET’s Lauren Zima on Wednesday, where they chatted about their summer tour with Nelly and Flo Rida, but also revealed that they’ve been asked on multiple occasions to join the Bravo reality show.
“I have,” Chilli admitted about being asked to be a part of the series, with T-Boz adding, “I have too, four times.”
So would they ever join the ladies of Atlanta? “Heck no,” Chilli said.
“I did [a cameo] for Kandi [Burruss] one time,” T-Boz said, adding, “This is the thing, I don’t play like that. Like, I’m not arguing, I’m too old to be arguing and first of all, I don’t argue with nobody I don’t care about. If I care about you, I will take the time to do this. But I’m not arguing with no grown women. I’ll end up going to jail for real. Like, I don’t do that.”
Chilli jokingly added, “And I wouldn’t be able to bail her out because I would be right there with her.”
All in all, the two are just not fans of the series and say they “have a brand to protect and there is just no way” that they would enter that world. For now, T-Boz and Chilli are content with continuing their music careers and giving fans what they want.
During the sit down, the two also touched on their “sister-plus” friendship, where they got emotional about talking about being more than best friends and family.
“We went through everything together, life, death, marriage, divorce, breakups. We have been there through all the hurt you can possibly endure and all the good times. We’ve had arguments,” T-Boz expressed about their 29-year friendship. “We’ve been through everything that now, in our adult life, it’s so much easier. We both have grown a lot.”
The “No Scrubs”singers, meanwhile, can’t wait to share the stage with Nelly and Flo Rida in August and are ready to take fans down memory lane.
“It’s high energy, a lot of dancing. It’s a good feeling, you’ll feel Left Eye’s presence, absolutely,” T-Boz teased of what fans can expect. “Everybody leaves feeling good every time. That’s what we always hear…Takes you back to a time that makes you reminisce on something that was important to you.”
Tickets for TLC, Nelly and Flo Rida’s tour are now on sale at LiveNation.com.
Chilli spoke with VIBE magazine this week to promote the upcoming TLC summer with Nelly, and to support Live Nation’s National Concert Week.
“Good lyrical content’s been missing for a little while now. I feel that’s why so many people — this younger generation– are gravitating to older music,” she tells VIBE about the general heavy obsession with the 90s and music from the early aughts.
“I just feel that people, you just gotta get back in the lab. I don’t even think you have to get so creative, just get back in tune with your feelings. When it comes to expressing yourself, it’s nothing wrong with having a song that shows vulnerability. People relate to that. That’s naturally how we are anyway.”
Some of the folks who exude this to the entertainer include Bruno Mars and Cardi B. When it comes to the “I Like It” rapper, Chilli says Cardi’s bright and colorful manner makes her an ideal collaborator.
“I don’t like working with people just because they’re hot and you like them. It needs to make sense, the collaboration. But I definitely the right collab would make sense with Cardi B,” she expresses. “Because she’s really bright and colorful like we are. So that would make sense to me.”
VIBE: How does it feel to be a part of an initiative like National Concert Week, that gives your fans a good deal to see legends like yourself?
Chilli: It’s always an honor to be a part of a tour where our fans can come and see us. People are on budgets, you know what I mean and the fact that something like this exists for them to be able to afford to get a ticket to come and see their favorite band and hopefully they come to see TLC, it’s awesome. I think it’s amazing and I’m very happy to be a part of that.
What can we expect from your tour with Nelly and Flo Rida?
Definitely high energy entertainment. Definitely going in the lab. We take being on the road very seriously. We love touring, that’s the best part of what we do period, is going on tour. We always like to think outside of the box, come up with crazy routines, all kinds of stuff because people look to us for that.
We’re not just a group that stands and sings, we’re there singing, dancing, we’re all over the stage. It’s going to be a lot of high energy. How can I say it without giving anything away? I’ll just say it’s going to be very exciting, I think we’re going to get some ooh’s and aahs.
Do you have a favorite song you like to perform?
You know what, sometimes it just depends for me. I just like performing all of the up-tempo because I love dancing. I can’t really pick out one song in particular because the routines are amazing for everything. That gets me hyped up.
You guys have been in the game since the ’90s. What inspires you to perform without getting bored of routines?
Yeah, sometimes you can get tired. Some artists are like “Ok, I fought a good fight, I’m ready to just chill and relax or whatever.”Most people get there but we’re not there yet. You don’t have to be in the business for many years. I mean, some people are done after a first album. We just really have that love and that fire is still in us to perform, that light hasn’t dimmed even a little bit.
Especially the fact that we’ve been through so much through the years and you know everybody has been able to witness that and our fans have stuck with us along the way. We love it and we’re just still at it.
Do you feel like being in the game for as long as you’ve been, you feel like you can still learn from it?
Absolutely. I think that as long as you are alive, you are still learning something. No one knows everything. The way that the business has evolved and will continue to evolve… I mean it’s very different from when I was a kid, and it changed by the time we came out. You keep growing so it’s like “Ok, you evolve with evolution.”
I think that’s kind of the key right there. Of being able to stay in such an ever-changing business and it’s very fickle. It’s so many things that can make you say I’m good. We just don’t feel like that.
What are a few lessons that you’ve learned from being in the industry? Or advice you would give to anyone entering the industry now?
It’s pretty consistent with me. You can’t take anything personally. In this business, everything is business. Everything. You just can’t go in thinking that people are truly your great friend. I think you can make some friends along the way if you’re lucky, I guess. I don’t think people should come into the business for that.
You come into the business. It’s a job. And yes you love this, I think that if you keep that mindset then you will be able to handle when everybody’s not loving you so much. You may put a song out that everybody was like “Oh my goodness, you’re the greatest of all time.”
You can’t get caught up in that. You can appreciate people liking what you’re doing, whatever that song is it speaks to them in a certain way but your next song might not. Or everyone may not resonate with your next album but it doesn’t mean that you’re a failure, they just didn’t like the work, so go back in the lab.
You can’t take it personal because that there will destroy you, it’s too many people that will have something to say and you have to remember this is what you signed up for. You gotta project your feelings and like they say don’t get so caught up in your feelings.
So basically you have to have thick skin for this industry?
Yeah, you do. You have to have very thick skin. You can’t get caught up in what people think and how they feel.
Could you say that TLC is still inspired by other artists today?
Yeah, that’s why I think I love Bruno Mars so much because I think what he has done is just so brilliant. He took 80’s and made it fresh. It made you feel like, you know, wait a minute this is familiar, but this is new. Not like “Oh he’s just doing 80s music.” You know with the live instruments and all that kinds of stuff. To me, he’s a breath of fresh air. I love him lyrically what he says, I mean I am a fan and he knows it too because we were rehearsing at the same spot, I think maybe a year ago.
We saw each other and we were like “Hey,” he’s like “Hey! Did you see my t-shirt? Did you say it in the video I had a TLC t-shirt.” and we’re like “Uh, yeah!” It was like a little in love moment, it was awesome.
Fans celebrate Left Eye frequently on social media. What is the biggest lesson that you learned from Left Eye as a friend and member of TLC?
We learn a lot from each other. I’ll just put it that way because I can’t say one thing in particular. Our relationship with her is very broad. She wasn’t just a band member, she was our sister. The three of us, you know the relationship is really truly is one for the books and now it’s just Tionne and I so I don’t know. It’s a really special type of relationship and friendship and sistership that we started out with and that Tionne and I still have to this day. We just learned a lot from each other.
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