Boys II Men show Proctors a hit
SCHENECTADY – Boyz II Men are aware that multi-part vocal groups are no longer part of the R&B zeitgeist. Tenor singer Shawn Stockman admitted as much on the Proctors stage on Saturday night, lamenting that Autotune replaced the band’s harmonics and dynamics. Although it last topped the charts in 1997, Stockman noted that Boyz II Men has “stayed honest with us” rather than chasing the various trends of its genre since then.
In front of a molten audience of over 2,000, their honesty went like gangbusters. For 80 minutes, Boyz II Men electrified the crowd. Fans jumped out of their seats when told, sat down when beckoned, and enthusiastically sang along to the act’s many sentimental ballads. While these tracks were big hits with the ladies, even the guys in attendance sang tunes like “On Bended Knee” and “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” with passion.