Will Smith Comeback Show
Now this is a story all about how
My summer got flipped, turned upside down
Now try to take a minute
And act real cool
As I tell you ‘bout the Fresh Prince coming to Blackpool!
That’s right! A quarter of a century on from when The Fresh Prince of Bel Air had us all singing along to the famous theme tune, Will Smith is back with Jazzy Jeff for a one off UK appearance, headlining the Livewire Festival in Blackpool over the bank holiday weekend of 25th to 27th August.
The duo originally met on the set of Fresh Prince, which ran for six seasons, and ended up releasing a string of huge hits in the 90’s. They found chart success with the evocative ‘Summertime’ and the crowd pleasing UK number one, ‘Boom! Shake the Room’. They also produced the Grammy Award winning single ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’ – the first of two Grammys for Will Smith, to go with his two Oscar nominations and five Golden Globe nominations – along with five hit albums.
Smith told DJ Zane Lowe that he has been back in the studio with Jazzy Jeff again recently, creating over 30 tracks “about six or seven (of which) I really like” he says.
Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff will form part of a nostalgic 90s line up that also includes The Jackson Five, plus Sinitta and Jason Donovan from Pete Waterman’s Hit Factory.
As it stands, the Livewire show remains the only confirmed gig so far. The duo are also scheduled to appear at MTV Summer Blast in Croatia the same weekend, so don’t expect them to hang around for long. However, the dedicated music agents at the Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith booking agency are committed to bringing the pair to audiences worldwide.
It’s not the first time Will and Jazzy Jeff have reunited, with an appearance last year at Roots Picnic and legendary performances on several TV chat shows, including an appearance on Graham Norton rapping the Fresh Prince theme, which racked up a staggering 51million YouTube views. However, it is their first full headline performance for over a decade, with the pair last performing a full set way back in 2005.
The Livewire Festival takes place at Blackpool’s Headland Arena over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, and not surprisingly, tickets for this rarest of reunions are selling fast.