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Celebrity chef Carmen Gonzalez returns with a New England eatery

The new Carmen at the Danforth has a salon, two dining rooms, and a chef's table.

Carmen at the Danforth, the first restaurant opening in several years for New York-based chef Carmen Gonzalez, who is known for her signature American cuisine with Latin influence, opens Friday.

Located in the Danforth Inn, in Portland, Maine, the seasonal menu introduces new dishes inspired by New England and includes updates of dishes from Gonzalez’s former award-winning Carmen the Restaurant in Miami. The menu is designed for guests to share small plates, like artisan manchego fritters and fish empanadas, with the table and then enjoy a three-course menu, all à la carte.

Croquettes are a house specialty. Carmen Gonzalez

Menu highlights include monkfish croquettes with Romesco sauce, grilled Maine lobster, a fresh hearts of palm and grapefruit salad, La Cosecha sherry vinegar, and avocado cream, and warm mango bread pudding with blueberry salsa and rum-spiked crème anglaise.

Red snapper, clams and vegetables in chorizo broth is one of the
main dishes on offer at Carmen at the Danforth Carmen Gonzalez

The 34-seat restaurant features a salon with a 1960s-style bar complete with live piano entertainment and complimentary passed snacks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., two dining rooms — one in a black-and-white color palette and the other with a brown-and-white floral motif — and a private chef’s table. Cocktail offerings include the parcha (passion fruit) martini. There’s also a boutique 50-bottle wine list with Carmen at the Danforth’s wine cellar located in the Danforth’s original safe that dates to the 1800s.


'This be a Jesus thing': Carman, the glitziest Christian singer of the '90s, is back on tour

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

In the 1990s Carman, the one-name Christian singer with bedroom eyes and Vegas-worthy dance moves, packed stadiums with shows that improbably combined an altar call with early-MTV-era glitz.

Now Carman Licciardello, as he&rsquos legally known, is touring again &mdash coming back not just from obscurity, but from &ldquowhat doctors called incurable cancer,&rdquo his publicist says. On Friday, Carman will play a &ldquoLegacy Tour&rdquo concert at New Beginnings Church of North Houston.

Carman&rsquos fame peaked somewhere around May &rsquo96, when his R.I.O.T. tour played Houston&rsquos Astrodome. Spotlights whirled through dry-ice haze. Dancers twirled on a multi-level stage. Carman, chest hair peeking out the Elvis-deep V of his shirt, called on fans to surrender their hearts to Jesus right there at the show.

Standard operating procedure, that. Over the course of his career, he claims not just 10 million records sold, but also &ldquo1 million recorded decisions for Christianity.&rdquo

If anything, his music videos were even giddier experiences than the stage shows. In &ldquoSatan, Bite the Dust!&rdquo a cowboy-hatted, gun-twirling Carman engages in a saloon shootout with wrinkle-faced, pointy-fanged demons. Or consider &ldquoAddicted to Jesus,&rdquo which feels like a game of &rsquo80s urban-cliché bingo: Keith Haring homages! flaming trashcans! gang hand signs! (Carman himself flashes &ldquoA 2 J&rdquo &mdash presumably for &ldquoAddicted to Jesus.&rdquo As he says in the video, &ldquoYo, what can I say?&rdquo)

The man feared no pop trend, no of-the-moment turn of phrase. He sang a rockabilly &ldquoHoly Ghost Hop,&rdquo did a metal &ldquoI Feel Jesus,&rdquo a bluesy &ldquoRadically Saved.&rdquo For the Urban Cowboy craze, there was the country line-danceable &ldquoStep of Faith.&rdquo

A very Italian white guy, he rapped. Frequently. Often with a crew of muscular, hip-hop-ish dancers behind him. As he declared in &ldquoGod Is Exalted,&rdquo &ldquoThis be a Jesus thing.&rdquo

Even by the standards of the era, his anti-gay pronouncements were extreme. &ldquoWhen it gets to the point where people would rather come out of the closet than clean it,&rdquo he said in the story song &ldquoAmerica Again,&rdquo &ldquoit&rsquos the sign that the judgment of God is gonna fall.&rdquo

Nor did he burden himself overmuch with tolerance of other faiths. &ldquoThe Courtroom&rdquo lumps Buddha, Muhammad and Krishna with &ldquoany others who succumb to death.&rdquo (It rhymes with &ldquoJesus Christ of Nazareth.&rdquo)

These days, at age 63, Carman appears to regret nothing, except maybe the giant Huey Lewis-style suit jackets he used to wear.

What: Carman's "Legacy Tour"

Where: New Beginnings Church of North Houston, 23300 Cypresswood Dr, Spring

When: Doors open 6 p.m. Friday

How much: Free. VIP tickets available.

For more information: Call Diana Navarro, 832-620-2475.

His hair, a black pompadour, remains eerily unchanged, and his teeth glow whiter than ever. He&rsquos all over the internet: on Facebook and Twitter, crowdfunding new albums and offering one-on-one &ldquopersonal life coaching&rdquo sessions, $249 for 45 minutes.

At the Houston show, he says he&rsquoll play fan favorites &mdash songs such as &ldquoLazarus Come Forth,&rdquo &ldquoRadically Saved,&rdquo and &ldquoWho&rsquos in the House&rdquo &mdash as well as newer music from his album &ldquoLegacy.&rdquo That might or might not include &ldquoThe President Trump Blues,&rdquo a recent acoustic offering, which takes jabs at &ldquoMs. Clinton/ and all her female stuff.&rdquo

He&rsquoll probably talk about his life since the &rsquo90s. In 2013 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and underwent nine months of treatment. Around that time, on Facebook, he met Dana Licciardello, who he married in 2017, ending his life as a &ldquoproverbial bachelor.&rdquo

&ldquoShe was encouraging me in my cancer diagnosis,&rdquo he wrote via email, &ldquoand we continued talking for a couple of years. She was a single mother of six children and nine grandchildren who didn&rsquot think anyone would be interested in someone with that much baggage. But I longed for a large family, since most all mine has passed away. It was a good match, and she travels with me 24/7.&rdquo

The upcoming show in Houston won&rsquot have the glitz that once defined a Carman show: no crew of dancers, no light shows, no dry-ice smoke. &ldquoTimes change and styles change,&rdquo he wrote. &ldquoAfter so many years you know what people want from you. Mostly people want you and your music and not a bunch of distractions.&rdquo


'This be a Jesus thing': Carman, the glitziest Christian singer of the '90s, is back on tour

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

In the 1990s Carman, the one-name Christian singer with bedroom eyes and Vegas-worthy dance moves, packed stadiums with shows that improbably combined an altar call with early-MTV-era glitz.

Now Carman Licciardello, as he&rsquos legally known, is touring again &mdash coming back not just from obscurity, but from &ldquowhat doctors called incurable cancer,&rdquo his publicist says. On Friday, Carman will play a &ldquoLegacy Tour&rdquo concert at New Beginnings Church of North Houston.

Carman&rsquos fame peaked somewhere around May &rsquo96, when his R.I.O.T. tour played Houston&rsquos Astrodome. Spotlights whirled through dry-ice haze. Dancers twirled on a multi-level stage. Carman, chest hair peeking out the Elvis-deep V of his shirt, called on fans to surrender their hearts to Jesus right there at the show.

Standard operating procedure, that. Over the course of his career, he claims not just 10 million records sold, but also &ldquo1 million recorded decisions for Christianity.&rdquo

If anything, his music videos were even giddier experiences than the stage shows. In &ldquoSatan, Bite the Dust!&rdquo a cowboy-hatted, gun-twirling Carman engages in a saloon shootout with wrinkle-faced, pointy-fanged demons. Or consider &ldquoAddicted to Jesus,&rdquo which feels like a game of &rsquo80s urban-cliché bingo: Keith Haring homages! flaming trashcans! gang hand signs! (Carman himself flashes &ldquoA 2 J&rdquo &mdash presumably for &ldquoAddicted to Jesus.&rdquo As he says in the video, &ldquoYo, what can I say?&rdquo)

The man feared no pop trend, no of-the-moment turn of phrase. He sang a rockabilly &ldquoHoly Ghost Hop,&rdquo did a metal &ldquoI Feel Jesus,&rdquo a bluesy &ldquoRadically Saved.&rdquo For the Urban Cowboy craze, there was the country line-danceable &ldquoStep of Faith.&rdquo

A very Italian white guy, he rapped. Frequently. Often with a crew of muscular, hip-hop-ish dancers behind him. As he declared in &ldquoGod Is Exalted,&rdquo &ldquoThis be a Jesus thing.&rdquo

Even by the standards of the era, his anti-gay pronouncements were extreme. &ldquoWhen it gets to the point where people would rather come out of the closet than clean it,&rdquo he said in the story song &ldquoAmerica Again,&rdquo &ldquoit&rsquos the sign that the judgment of God is gonna fall.&rdquo

Nor did he burden himself overmuch with tolerance of other faiths. &ldquoThe Courtroom&rdquo lumps Buddha, Muhammad and Krishna with &ldquoany others who succumb to death.&rdquo (It rhymes with &ldquoJesus Christ of Nazareth.&rdquo)

These days, at age 63, Carman appears to regret nothing, except maybe the giant Huey Lewis-style suit jackets he used to wear.

What: Carman's "Legacy Tour"

Where: New Beginnings Church of North Houston, 23300 Cypresswood Dr, Spring

When: Doors open 6 p.m. Friday

How much: Free. VIP tickets available.

For more information: Call Diana Navarro, 832-620-2475.

His hair, a black pompadour, remains eerily unchanged, and his teeth glow whiter than ever. He&rsquos all over the internet: on Facebook and Twitter, crowdfunding new albums and offering one-on-one &ldquopersonal life coaching&rdquo sessions, $249 for 45 minutes.

At the Houston show, he says he&rsquoll play fan favorites &mdash songs such as &ldquoLazarus Come Forth,&rdquo &ldquoRadically Saved,&rdquo and &ldquoWho&rsquos in the House&rdquo &mdash as well as newer music from his album &ldquoLegacy.&rdquo That might or might not include &ldquoThe President Trump Blues,&rdquo a recent acoustic offering, which takes jabs at &ldquoMs. Clinton/ and all her female stuff.&rdquo

He&rsquoll probably talk about his life since the &rsquo90s. In 2013 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and underwent nine months of treatment. Around that time, on Facebook, he met Dana Licciardello, who he married in 2017, ending his life as a &ldquoproverbial bachelor.&rdquo

&ldquoShe was encouraging me in my cancer diagnosis,&rdquo he wrote via email, &ldquoand we continued talking for a couple of years. She was a single mother of six children and nine grandchildren who didn&rsquot think anyone would be interested in someone with that much baggage. But I longed for a large family, since most all mine has passed away. It was a good match, and she travels with me 24/7.&rdquo

The upcoming show in Houston won&rsquot have the glitz that once defined a Carman show: no crew of dancers, no light shows, no dry-ice smoke. &ldquoTimes change and styles change,&rdquo he wrote. &ldquoAfter so many years you know what people want from you. Mostly people want you and your music and not a bunch of distractions.&rdquo


'This be a Jesus thing': Carman, the glitziest Christian singer of the '90s, is back on tour

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

In the 1990s Carman, the one-name Christian singer with bedroom eyes and Vegas-worthy dance moves, packed stadiums with shows that improbably combined an altar call with early-MTV-era glitz.

Now Carman Licciardello, as he&rsquos legally known, is touring again &mdash coming back not just from obscurity, but from &ldquowhat doctors called incurable cancer,&rdquo his publicist says. On Friday, Carman will play a &ldquoLegacy Tour&rdquo concert at New Beginnings Church of North Houston.

Carman&rsquos fame peaked somewhere around May &rsquo96, when his R.I.O.T. tour played Houston&rsquos Astrodome. Spotlights whirled through dry-ice haze. Dancers twirled on a multi-level stage. Carman, chest hair peeking out the Elvis-deep V of his shirt, called on fans to surrender their hearts to Jesus right there at the show.

Standard operating procedure, that. Over the course of his career, he claims not just 10 million records sold, but also &ldquo1 million recorded decisions for Christianity.&rdquo

If anything, his music videos were even giddier experiences than the stage shows. In &ldquoSatan, Bite the Dust!&rdquo a cowboy-hatted, gun-twirling Carman engages in a saloon shootout with wrinkle-faced, pointy-fanged demons. Or consider &ldquoAddicted to Jesus,&rdquo which feels like a game of &rsquo80s urban-cliché bingo: Keith Haring homages! flaming trashcans! gang hand signs! (Carman himself flashes &ldquoA 2 J&rdquo &mdash presumably for &ldquoAddicted to Jesus.&rdquo As he says in the video, &ldquoYo, what can I say?&rdquo)

The man feared no pop trend, no of-the-moment turn of phrase. He sang a rockabilly &ldquoHoly Ghost Hop,&rdquo did a metal &ldquoI Feel Jesus,&rdquo a bluesy &ldquoRadically Saved.&rdquo For the Urban Cowboy craze, there was the country line-danceable &ldquoStep of Faith.&rdquo

A very Italian white guy, he rapped. Frequently. Often with a crew of muscular, hip-hop-ish dancers behind him. As he declared in &ldquoGod Is Exalted,&rdquo &ldquoThis be a Jesus thing.&rdquo

Even by the standards of the era, his anti-gay pronouncements were extreme. &ldquoWhen it gets to the point where people would rather come out of the closet than clean it,&rdquo he said in the story song &ldquoAmerica Again,&rdquo &ldquoit&rsquos the sign that the judgment of God is gonna fall.&rdquo

Nor did he burden himself overmuch with tolerance of other faiths. &ldquoThe Courtroom&rdquo lumps Buddha, Muhammad and Krishna with &ldquoany others who succumb to death.&rdquo (It rhymes with &ldquoJesus Christ of Nazareth.&rdquo)

These days, at age 63, Carman appears to regret nothing, except maybe the giant Huey Lewis-style suit jackets he used to wear.

What: Carman's "Legacy Tour"

Where: New Beginnings Church of North Houston, 23300 Cypresswood Dr, Spring

When: Doors open 6 p.m. Friday

How much: Free. VIP tickets available.

For more information: Call Diana Navarro, 832-620-2475.

His hair, a black pompadour, remains eerily unchanged, and his teeth glow whiter than ever. He&rsquos all over the internet: on Facebook and Twitter, crowdfunding new albums and offering one-on-one &ldquopersonal life coaching&rdquo sessions, $249 for 45 minutes.

At the Houston show, he says he&rsquoll play fan favorites &mdash songs such as &ldquoLazarus Come Forth,&rdquo &ldquoRadically Saved,&rdquo and &ldquoWho&rsquos in the House&rdquo &mdash as well as newer music from his album &ldquoLegacy.&rdquo That might or might not include &ldquoThe President Trump Blues,&rdquo a recent acoustic offering, which takes jabs at &ldquoMs. Clinton/ and all her female stuff.&rdquo

He&rsquoll probably talk about his life since the &rsquo90s. In 2013 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and underwent nine months of treatment. Around that time, on Facebook, he met Dana Licciardello, who he married in 2017, ending his life as a &ldquoproverbial bachelor.&rdquo

&ldquoShe was encouraging me in my cancer diagnosis,&rdquo he wrote via email, &ldquoand we continued talking for a couple of years. She was a single mother of six children and nine grandchildren who didn&rsquot think anyone would be interested in someone with that much baggage. But I longed for a large family, since most all mine has passed away. It was a good match, and she travels with me 24/7.&rdquo

The upcoming show in Houston won&rsquot have the glitz that once defined a Carman show: no crew of dancers, no light shows, no dry-ice smoke. &ldquoTimes change and styles change,&rdquo he wrote. &ldquoAfter so many years you know what people want from you. Mostly people want you and your music and not a bunch of distractions.&rdquo


'This be a Jesus thing': Carman, the glitziest Christian singer of the '90s, is back on tour

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

In the 1990s Carman, the one-name Christian singer with bedroom eyes and Vegas-worthy dance moves, packed stadiums with shows that improbably combined an altar call with early-MTV-era glitz.

Now Carman Licciardello, as he&rsquos legally known, is touring again &mdash coming back not just from obscurity, but from &ldquowhat doctors called incurable cancer,&rdquo his publicist says. On Friday, Carman will play a &ldquoLegacy Tour&rdquo concert at New Beginnings Church of North Houston.

Carman&rsquos fame peaked somewhere around May &rsquo96, when his R.I.O.T. tour played Houston&rsquos Astrodome. Spotlights whirled through dry-ice haze. Dancers twirled on a multi-level stage. Carman, chest hair peeking out the Elvis-deep V of his shirt, called on fans to surrender their hearts to Jesus right there at the show.

Standard operating procedure, that. Over the course of his career, he claims not just 10 million records sold, but also &ldquo1 million recorded decisions for Christianity.&rdquo

If anything, his music videos were even giddier experiences than the stage shows. In &ldquoSatan, Bite the Dust!&rdquo a cowboy-hatted, gun-twirling Carman engages in a saloon shootout with wrinkle-faced, pointy-fanged demons. Or consider &ldquoAddicted to Jesus,&rdquo which feels like a game of &rsquo80s urban-cliché bingo: Keith Haring homages! flaming trashcans! gang hand signs! (Carman himself flashes &ldquoA 2 J&rdquo &mdash presumably for &ldquoAddicted to Jesus.&rdquo As he says in the video, &ldquoYo, what can I say?&rdquo)

The man feared no pop trend, no of-the-moment turn of phrase. He sang a rockabilly &ldquoHoly Ghost Hop,&rdquo did a metal &ldquoI Feel Jesus,&rdquo a bluesy &ldquoRadically Saved.&rdquo For the Urban Cowboy craze, there was the country line-danceable &ldquoStep of Faith.&rdquo

A very Italian white guy, he rapped. Frequently. Often with a crew of muscular, hip-hop-ish dancers behind him. As he declared in &ldquoGod Is Exalted,&rdquo &ldquoThis be a Jesus thing.&rdquo

Even by the standards of the era, his anti-gay pronouncements were extreme. &ldquoWhen it gets to the point where people would rather come out of the closet than clean it,&rdquo he said in the story song &ldquoAmerica Again,&rdquo &ldquoit&rsquos the sign that the judgment of God is gonna fall.&rdquo

Nor did he burden himself overmuch with tolerance of other faiths. &ldquoThe Courtroom&rdquo lumps Buddha, Muhammad and Krishna with &ldquoany others who succumb to death.&rdquo (It rhymes with &ldquoJesus Christ of Nazareth.&rdquo)

These days, at age 63, Carman appears to regret nothing, except maybe the giant Huey Lewis-style suit jackets he used to wear.

What: Carman's "Legacy Tour"

Where: New Beginnings Church of North Houston, 23300 Cypresswood Dr, Spring

When: Doors open 6 p.m. Friday

How much: Free. VIP tickets available.

For more information: Call Diana Navarro, 832-620-2475.

His hair, a black pompadour, remains eerily unchanged, and his teeth glow whiter than ever. He&rsquos all over the internet: on Facebook and Twitter, crowdfunding new albums and offering one-on-one &ldquopersonal life coaching&rdquo sessions, $249 for 45 minutes.

At the Houston show, he says he&rsquoll play fan favorites &mdash songs such as &ldquoLazarus Come Forth,&rdquo &ldquoRadically Saved,&rdquo and &ldquoWho&rsquos in the House&rdquo &mdash as well as newer music from his album &ldquoLegacy.&rdquo That might or might not include &ldquoThe President Trump Blues,&rdquo a recent acoustic offering, which takes jabs at &ldquoMs. Clinton/ and all her female stuff.&rdquo

He&rsquoll probably talk about his life since the &rsquo90s. In 2013 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and underwent nine months of treatment. Around that time, on Facebook, he met Dana Licciardello, who he married in 2017, ending his life as a &ldquoproverbial bachelor.&rdquo

&ldquoShe was encouraging me in my cancer diagnosis,&rdquo he wrote via email, &ldquoand we continued talking for a couple of years. She was a single mother of six children and nine grandchildren who didn&rsquot think anyone would be interested in someone with that much baggage. But I longed for a large family, since most all mine has passed away. It was a good match, and she travels with me 24/7.&rdquo

The upcoming show in Houston won&rsquot have the glitz that once defined a Carman show: no crew of dancers, no light shows, no dry-ice smoke. &ldquoTimes change and styles change,&rdquo he wrote. &ldquoAfter so many years you know what people want from you. Mostly people want you and your music and not a bunch of distractions.&rdquo


'This be a Jesus thing': Carman, the glitziest Christian singer of the '90s, is back on tour

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

In the 1990s Carman, the one-name Christian singer with bedroom eyes and Vegas-worthy dance moves, packed stadiums with shows that improbably combined an altar call with early-MTV-era glitz.

Now Carman Licciardello, as he&rsquos legally known, is touring again &mdash coming back not just from obscurity, but from &ldquowhat doctors called incurable cancer,&rdquo his publicist says. On Friday, Carman will play a &ldquoLegacy Tour&rdquo concert at New Beginnings Church of North Houston.

Carman&rsquos fame peaked somewhere around May &rsquo96, when his R.I.O.T. tour played Houston&rsquos Astrodome. Spotlights whirled through dry-ice haze. Dancers twirled on a multi-level stage. Carman, chest hair peeking out the Elvis-deep V of his shirt, called on fans to surrender their hearts to Jesus right there at the show.

Standard operating procedure, that. Over the course of his career, he claims not just 10 million records sold, but also &ldquo1 million recorded decisions for Christianity.&rdquo

If anything, his music videos were even giddier experiences than the stage shows. In &ldquoSatan, Bite the Dust!&rdquo a cowboy-hatted, gun-twirling Carman engages in a saloon shootout with wrinkle-faced, pointy-fanged demons. Or consider &ldquoAddicted to Jesus,&rdquo which feels like a game of &rsquo80s urban-cliché bingo: Keith Haring homages! flaming trashcans! gang hand signs! (Carman himself flashes &ldquoA 2 J&rdquo &mdash presumably for &ldquoAddicted to Jesus.&rdquo As he says in the video, &ldquoYo, what can I say?&rdquo)

The man feared no pop trend, no of-the-moment turn of phrase. He sang a rockabilly &ldquoHoly Ghost Hop,&rdquo did a metal &ldquoI Feel Jesus,&rdquo a bluesy &ldquoRadically Saved.&rdquo For the Urban Cowboy craze, there was the country line-danceable &ldquoStep of Faith.&rdquo

A very Italian white guy, he rapped. Frequently. Often with a crew of muscular, hip-hop-ish dancers behind him. As he declared in &ldquoGod Is Exalted,&rdquo &ldquoThis be a Jesus thing.&rdquo

Even by the standards of the era, his anti-gay pronouncements were extreme. &ldquoWhen it gets to the point where people would rather come out of the closet than clean it,&rdquo he said in the story song &ldquoAmerica Again,&rdquo &ldquoit&rsquos the sign that the judgment of God is gonna fall.&rdquo

Nor did he burden himself overmuch with tolerance of other faiths. &ldquoThe Courtroom&rdquo lumps Buddha, Muhammad and Krishna with &ldquoany others who succumb to death.&rdquo (It rhymes with &ldquoJesus Christ of Nazareth.&rdquo)

These days, at age 63, Carman appears to regret nothing, except maybe the giant Huey Lewis-style suit jackets he used to wear.

What: Carman's "Legacy Tour"

Where: New Beginnings Church of North Houston, 23300 Cypresswood Dr, Spring

When: Doors open 6 p.m. Friday

How much: Free. VIP tickets available.

For more information: Call Diana Navarro, 832-620-2475.

His hair, a black pompadour, remains eerily unchanged, and his teeth glow whiter than ever. He&rsquos all over the internet: on Facebook and Twitter, crowdfunding new albums and offering one-on-one &ldquopersonal life coaching&rdquo sessions, $249 for 45 minutes.

At the Houston show, he says he&rsquoll play fan favorites &mdash songs such as &ldquoLazarus Come Forth,&rdquo &ldquoRadically Saved,&rdquo and &ldquoWho&rsquos in the House&rdquo &mdash as well as newer music from his album &ldquoLegacy.&rdquo That might or might not include &ldquoThe President Trump Blues,&rdquo a recent acoustic offering, which takes jabs at &ldquoMs. Clinton/ and all her female stuff.&rdquo

He&rsquoll probably talk about his life since the &rsquo90s. In 2013 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and underwent nine months of treatment. Around that time, on Facebook, he met Dana Licciardello, who he married in 2017, ending his life as a &ldquoproverbial bachelor.&rdquo

&ldquoShe was encouraging me in my cancer diagnosis,&rdquo he wrote via email, &ldquoand we continued talking for a couple of years. She was a single mother of six children and nine grandchildren who didn&rsquot think anyone would be interested in someone with that much baggage. But I longed for a large family, since most all mine has passed away. It was a good match, and she travels with me 24/7.&rdquo

The upcoming show in Houston won&rsquot have the glitz that once defined a Carman show: no crew of dancers, no light shows, no dry-ice smoke. &ldquoTimes change and styles change,&rdquo he wrote. &ldquoAfter so many years you know what people want from you. Mostly people want you and your music and not a bunch of distractions.&rdquo


'This be a Jesus thing': Carman, the glitziest Christian singer of the '90s, is back on tour

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

In the 1990s Carman, the one-name Christian singer with bedroom eyes and Vegas-worthy dance moves, packed stadiums with shows that improbably combined an altar call with early-MTV-era glitz.

Now Carman Licciardello, as he&rsquos legally known, is touring again &mdash coming back not just from obscurity, but from &ldquowhat doctors called incurable cancer,&rdquo his publicist says. On Friday, Carman will play a &ldquoLegacy Tour&rdquo concert at New Beginnings Church of North Houston.

Carman&rsquos fame peaked somewhere around May &rsquo96, when his R.I.O.T. tour played Houston&rsquos Astrodome. Spotlights whirled through dry-ice haze. Dancers twirled on a multi-level stage. Carman, chest hair peeking out the Elvis-deep V of his shirt, called on fans to surrender their hearts to Jesus right there at the show.

Standard operating procedure, that. Over the course of his career, he claims not just 10 million records sold, but also &ldquo1 million recorded decisions for Christianity.&rdquo

If anything, his music videos were even giddier experiences than the stage shows. In &ldquoSatan, Bite the Dust!&rdquo a cowboy-hatted, gun-twirling Carman engages in a saloon shootout with wrinkle-faced, pointy-fanged demons. Or consider &ldquoAddicted to Jesus,&rdquo which feels like a game of &rsquo80s urban-cliché bingo: Keith Haring homages! flaming trashcans! gang hand signs! (Carman himself flashes &ldquoA 2 J&rdquo &mdash presumably for &ldquoAddicted to Jesus.&rdquo As he says in the video, &ldquoYo, what can I say?&rdquo)

The man feared no pop trend, no of-the-moment turn of phrase. He sang a rockabilly &ldquoHoly Ghost Hop,&rdquo did a metal &ldquoI Feel Jesus,&rdquo a bluesy &ldquoRadically Saved.&rdquo For the Urban Cowboy craze, there was the country line-danceable &ldquoStep of Faith.&rdquo

A very Italian white guy, he rapped. Frequently. Often with a crew of muscular, hip-hop-ish dancers behind him. As he declared in &ldquoGod Is Exalted,&rdquo &ldquoThis be a Jesus thing.&rdquo

Even by the standards of the era, his anti-gay pronouncements were extreme. &ldquoWhen it gets to the point where people would rather come out of the closet than clean it,&rdquo he said in the story song &ldquoAmerica Again,&rdquo &ldquoit&rsquos the sign that the judgment of God is gonna fall.&rdquo

Nor did he burden himself overmuch with tolerance of other faiths. &ldquoThe Courtroom&rdquo lumps Buddha, Muhammad and Krishna with &ldquoany others who succumb to death.&rdquo (It rhymes with &ldquoJesus Christ of Nazareth.&rdquo)

These days, at age 63, Carman appears to regret nothing, except maybe the giant Huey Lewis-style suit jackets he used to wear.

What: Carman's "Legacy Tour"

Where: New Beginnings Church of North Houston, 23300 Cypresswood Dr, Spring

When: Doors open 6 p.m. Friday

How much: Free. VIP tickets available.

For more information: Call Diana Navarro, 832-620-2475.

His hair, a black pompadour, remains eerily unchanged, and his teeth glow whiter than ever. He&rsquos all over the internet: on Facebook and Twitter, crowdfunding new albums and offering one-on-one &ldquopersonal life coaching&rdquo sessions, $249 for 45 minutes.

At the Houston show, he says he&rsquoll play fan favorites &mdash songs such as &ldquoLazarus Come Forth,&rdquo &ldquoRadically Saved,&rdquo and &ldquoWho&rsquos in the House&rdquo &mdash as well as newer music from his album &ldquoLegacy.&rdquo That might or might not include &ldquoThe President Trump Blues,&rdquo a recent acoustic offering, which takes jabs at &ldquoMs. Clinton/ and all her female stuff.&rdquo

He&rsquoll probably talk about his life since the &rsquo90s. In 2013 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and underwent nine months of treatment. Around that time, on Facebook, he met Dana Licciardello, who he married in 2017, ending his life as a &ldquoproverbial bachelor.&rdquo

&ldquoShe was encouraging me in my cancer diagnosis,&rdquo he wrote via email, &ldquoand we continued talking for a couple of years. She was a single mother of six children and nine grandchildren who didn&rsquot think anyone would be interested in someone with that much baggage. But I longed for a large family, since most all mine has passed away. It was a good match, and she travels with me 24/7.&rdquo

The upcoming show in Houston won&rsquot have the glitz that once defined a Carman show: no crew of dancers, no light shows, no dry-ice smoke. &ldquoTimes change and styles change,&rdquo he wrote. &ldquoAfter so many years you know what people want from you. Mostly people want you and your music and not a bunch of distractions.&rdquo


'This be a Jesus thing': Carman, the glitziest Christian singer of the '90s, is back on tour

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

In the 1990s Carman, the one-name Christian singer with bedroom eyes and Vegas-worthy dance moves, packed stadiums with shows that improbably combined an altar call with early-MTV-era glitz.

Now Carman Licciardello, as he&rsquos legally known, is touring again &mdash coming back not just from obscurity, but from &ldquowhat doctors called incurable cancer,&rdquo his publicist says. On Friday, Carman will play a &ldquoLegacy Tour&rdquo concert at New Beginnings Church of North Houston.

Carman&rsquos fame peaked somewhere around May &rsquo96, when his R.I.O.T. tour played Houston&rsquos Astrodome. Spotlights whirled through dry-ice haze. Dancers twirled on a multi-level stage. Carman, chest hair peeking out the Elvis-deep V of his shirt, called on fans to surrender their hearts to Jesus right there at the show.

Standard operating procedure, that. Over the course of his career, he claims not just 10 million records sold, but also &ldquo1 million recorded decisions for Christianity.&rdquo

If anything, his music videos were even giddier experiences than the stage shows. In &ldquoSatan, Bite the Dust!&rdquo a cowboy-hatted, gun-twirling Carman engages in a saloon shootout with wrinkle-faced, pointy-fanged demons. Or consider &ldquoAddicted to Jesus,&rdquo which feels like a game of &rsquo80s urban-cliché bingo: Keith Haring homages! flaming trashcans! gang hand signs! (Carman himself flashes &ldquoA 2 J&rdquo &mdash presumably for &ldquoAddicted to Jesus.&rdquo As he says in the video, &ldquoYo, what can I say?&rdquo)

The man feared no pop trend, no of-the-moment turn of phrase. He sang a rockabilly &ldquoHoly Ghost Hop,&rdquo did a metal &ldquoI Feel Jesus,&rdquo a bluesy &ldquoRadically Saved.&rdquo For the Urban Cowboy craze, there was the country line-danceable &ldquoStep of Faith.&rdquo

A very Italian white guy, he rapped. Frequently. Often with a crew of muscular, hip-hop-ish dancers behind him. As he declared in &ldquoGod Is Exalted,&rdquo &ldquoThis be a Jesus thing.&rdquo

Even by the standards of the era, his anti-gay pronouncements were extreme. &ldquoWhen it gets to the point where people would rather come out of the closet than clean it,&rdquo he said in the story song &ldquoAmerica Again,&rdquo &ldquoit&rsquos the sign that the judgment of God is gonna fall.&rdquo

Nor did he burden himself overmuch with tolerance of other faiths. &ldquoThe Courtroom&rdquo lumps Buddha, Muhammad and Krishna with &ldquoany others who succumb to death.&rdquo (It rhymes with &ldquoJesus Christ of Nazareth.&rdquo)

These days, at age 63, Carman appears to regret nothing, except maybe the giant Huey Lewis-style suit jackets he used to wear.

What: Carman's "Legacy Tour"

Where: New Beginnings Church of North Houston, 23300 Cypresswood Dr, Spring

When: Doors open 6 p.m. Friday

How much: Free. VIP tickets available.

For more information: Call Diana Navarro, 832-620-2475.

His hair, a black pompadour, remains eerily unchanged, and his teeth glow whiter than ever. He&rsquos all over the internet: on Facebook and Twitter, crowdfunding new albums and offering one-on-one &ldquopersonal life coaching&rdquo sessions, $249 for 45 minutes.

At the Houston show, he says he&rsquoll play fan favorites &mdash songs such as &ldquoLazarus Come Forth,&rdquo &ldquoRadically Saved,&rdquo and &ldquoWho&rsquos in the House&rdquo &mdash as well as newer music from his album &ldquoLegacy.&rdquo That might or might not include &ldquoThe President Trump Blues,&rdquo a recent acoustic offering, which takes jabs at &ldquoMs. Clinton/ and all her female stuff.&rdquo

He&rsquoll probably talk about his life since the &rsquo90s. In 2013 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and underwent nine months of treatment. Around that time, on Facebook, he met Dana Licciardello, who he married in 2017, ending his life as a &ldquoproverbial bachelor.&rdquo

&ldquoShe was encouraging me in my cancer diagnosis,&rdquo he wrote via email, &ldquoand we continued talking for a couple of years. She was a single mother of six children and nine grandchildren who didn&rsquot think anyone would be interested in someone with that much baggage. But I longed for a large family, since most all mine has passed away. It was a good match, and she travels with me 24/7.&rdquo

The upcoming show in Houston won&rsquot have the glitz that once defined a Carman show: no crew of dancers, no light shows, no dry-ice smoke. &ldquoTimes change and styles change,&rdquo he wrote. &ldquoAfter so many years you know what people want from you. Mostly people want you and your music and not a bunch of distractions.&rdquo


'This be a Jesus thing': Carman, the glitziest Christian singer of the '90s, is back on tour

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

In the 1990s Carman, the one-name Christian singer with bedroom eyes and Vegas-worthy dance moves, packed stadiums with shows that improbably combined an altar call with early-MTV-era glitz.

Now Carman Licciardello, as he&rsquos legally known, is touring again &mdash coming back not just from obscurity, but from &ldquowhat doctors called incurable cancer,&rdquo his publicist says. On Friday, Carman will play a &ldquoLegacy Tour&rdquo concert at New Beginnings Church of North Houston.

Carman&rsquos fame peaked somewhere around May &rsquo96, when his R.I.O.T. tour played Houston&rsquos Astrodome. Spotlights whirled through dry-ice haze. Dancers twirled on a multi-level stage. Carman, chest hair peeking out the Elvis-deep V of his shirt, called on fans to surrender their hearts to Jesus right there at the show.

Standard operating procedure, that. Over the course of his career, he claims not just 10 million records sold, but also &ldquo1 million recorded decisions for Christianity.&rdquo

If anything, his music videos were even giddier experiences than the stage shows. In &ldquoSatan, Bite the Dust!&rdquo a cowboy-hatted, gun-twirling Carman engages in a saloon shootout with wrinkle-faced, pointy-fanged demons. Or consider &ldquoAddicted to Jesus,&rdquo which feels like a game of &rsquo80s urban-cliché bingo: Keith Haring homages! flaming trashcans! gang hand signs! (Carman himself flashes &ldquoA 2 J&rdquo &mdash presumably for &ldquoAddicted to Jesus.&rdquo As he says in the video, &ldquoYo, what can I say?&rdquo)

The man feared no pop trend, no of-the-moment turn of phrase. He sang a rockabilly &ldquoHoly Ghost Hop,&rdquo did a metal &ldquoI Feel Jesus,&rdquo a bluesy &ldquoRadically Saved.&rdquo For the Urban Cowboy craze, there was the country line-danceable &ldquoStep of Faith.&rdquo

A very Italian white guy, he rapped. Frequently. Often with a crew of muscular, hip-hop-ish dancers behind him. As he declared in &ldquoGod Is Exalted,&rdquo &ldquoThis be a Jesus thing.&rdquo

Even by the standards of the era, his anti-gay pronouncements were extreme. &ldquoWhen it gets to the point where people would rather come out of the closet than clean it,&rdquo he said in the story song &ldquoAmerica Again,&rdquo &ldquoit&rsquos the sign that the judgment of God is gonna fall.&rdquo

Nor did he burden himself overmuch with tolerance of other faiths. &ldquoThe Courtroom&rdquo lumps Buddha, Muhammad and Krishna with &ldquoany others who succumb to death.&rdquo (It rhymes with &ldquoJesus Christ of Nazareth.&rdquo)

These days, at age 63, Carman appears to regret nothing, except maybe the giant Huey Lewis-style suit jackets he used to wear.

What: Carman's "Legacy Tour"

Where: New Beginnings Church of North Houston, 23300 Cypresswood Dr, Spring

When: Doors open 6 p.m. Friday

How much: Free. VIP tickets available.

For more information: Call Diana Navarro, 832-620-2475.

His hair, a black pompadour, remains eerily unchanged, and his teeth glow whiter than ever. He&rsquos all over the internet: on Facebook and Twitter, crowdfunding new albums and offering one-on-one &ldquopersonal life coaching&rdquo sessions, $249 for 45 minutes.

At the Houston show, he says he&rsquoll play fan favorites &mdash songs such as &ldquoLazarus Come Forth,&rdquo &ldquoRadically Saved,&rdquo and &ldquoWho&rsquos in the House&rdquo &mdash as well as newer music from his album &ldquoLegacy.&rdquo That might or might not include &ldquoThe President Trump Blues,&rdquo a recent acoustic offering, which takes jabs at &ldquoMs. Clinton/ and all her female stuff.&rdquo

He&rsquoll probably talk about his life since the &rsquo90s. In 2013 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and underwent nine months of treatment. Around that time, on Facebook, he met Dana Licciardello, who he married in 2017, ending his life as a &ldquoproverbial bachelor.&rdquo

&ldquoShe was encouraging me in my cancer diagnosis,&rdquo he wrote via email, &ldquoand we continued talking for a couple of years. She was a single mother of six children and nine grandchildren who didn&rsquot think anyone would be interested in someone with that much baggage. But I longed for a large family, since most all mine has passed away. It was a good match, and she travels with me 24/7.&rdquo

The upcoming show in Houston won&rsquot have the glitz that once defined a Carman show: no crew of dancers, no light shows, no dry-ice smoke. &ldquoTimes change and styles change,&rdquo he wrote. &ldquoAfter so many years you know what people want from you. Mostly people want you and your music and not a bunch of distractions.&rdquo


'This be a Jesus thing': Carman, the glitziest Christian singer of the '90s, is back on tour

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

In the 1990s Carman, the one-name Christian singer with bedroom eyes and Vegas-worthy dance moves, packed stadiums with shows that improbably combined an altar call with early-MTV-era glitz.

Now Carman Licciardello, as he&rsquos legally known, is touring again &mdash coming back not just from obscurity, but from &ldquowhat doctors called incurable cancer,&rdquo his publicist says. On Friday, Carman will play a &ldquoLegacy Tour&rdquo concert at New Beginnings Church of North Houston.

Carman&rsquos fame peaked somewhere around May &rsquo96, when his R.I.O.T. tour played Houston&rsquos Astrodome. Spotlights whirled through dry-ice haze. Dancers twirled on a multi-level stage. Carman, chest hair peeking out the Elvis-deep V of his shirt, called on fans to surrender their hearts to Jesus right there at the show.

Standard operating procedure, that. Over the course of his career, he claims not just 10 million records sold, but also &ldquo1 million recorded decisions for Christianity.&rdquo

If anything, his music videos were even giddier experiences than the stage shows. In &ldquoSatan, Bite the Dust!&rdquo a cowboy-hatted, gun-twirling Carman engages in a saloon shootout with wrinkle-faced, pointy-fanged demons. Or consider &ldquoAddicted to Jesus,&rdquo which feels like a game of &rsquo80s urban-cliché bingo: Keith Haring homages! flaming trashcans! gang hand signs! (Carman himself flashes &ldquoA 2 J&rdquo &mdash presumably for &ldquoAddicted to Jesus.&rdquo As he says in the video, &ldquoYo, what can I say?&rdquo)

The man feared no pop trend, no of-the-moment turn of phrase. He sang a rockabilly &ldquoHoly Ghost Hop,&rdquo did a metal &ldquoI Feel Jesus,&rdquo a bluesy &ldquoRadically Saved.&rdquo For the Urban Cowboy craze, there was the country line-danceable &ldquoStep of Faith.&rdquo

A very Italian white guy, he rapped. Frequently. Often with a crew of muscular, hip-hop-ish dancers behind him. As he declared in &ldquoGod Is Exalted,&rdquo &ldquoThis be a Jesus thing.&rdquo

Even by the standards of the era, his anti-gay pronouncements were extreme. &ldquoWhen it gets to the point where people would rather come out of the closet than clean it,&rdquo he said in the story song &ldquoAmerica Again,&rdquo &ldquoit&rsquos the sign that the judgment of God is gonna fall.&rdquo

Nor did he burden himself overmuch with tolerance of other faiths. &ldquoThe Courtroom&rdquo lumps Buddha, Muhammad and Krishna with &ldquoany others who succumb to death.&rdquo (It rhymes with &ldquoJesus Christ of Nazareth.&rdquo)

These days, at age 63, Carman appears to regret nothing, except maybe the giant Huey Lewis-style suit jackets he used to wear.

What: Carman's "Legacy Tour"

Where: New Beginnings Church of North Houston, 23300 Cypresswood Dr, Spring

When: Doors open 6 p.m. Friday

How much: Free. VIP tickets available.

For more information: Call Diana Navarro, 832-620-2475.

His hair, a black pompadour, remains eerily unchanged, and his teeth glow whiter than ever. He&rsquos all over the internet: on Facebook and Twitter, crowdfunding new albums and offering one-on-one &ldquopersonal life coaching&rdquo sessions, $249 for 45 minutes.

At the Houston show, he says he&rsquoll play fan favorites &mdash songs such as &ldquoLazarus Come Forth,&rdquo &ldquoRadically Saved,&rdquo and &ldquoWho&rsquos in the House&rdquo &mdash as well as newer music from his album &ldquoLegacy.&rdquo That might or might not include &ldquoThe President Trump Blues,&rdquo a recent acoustic offering, which takes jabs at &ldquoMs. Clinton/ and all her female stuff.&rdquo

He&rsquoll probably talk about his life since the &rsquo90s. In 2013 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and underwent nine months of treatment. Around that time, on Facebook, he met Dana Licciardello, who he married in 2017, ending his life as a &ldquoproverbial bachelor.&rdquo

&ldquoShe was encouraging me in my cancer diagnosis,&rdquo he wrote via email, &ldquoand we continued talking for a couple of years. She was a single mother of six children and nine grandchildren who didn&rsquot think anyone would be interested in someone with that much baggage. But I longed for a large family, since most all mine has passed away. It was a good match, and she travels with me 24/7.&rdquo

The upcoming show in Houston won&rsquot have the glitz that once defined a Carman show: no crew of dancers, no light shows, no dry-ice smoke. &ldquoTimes change and styles change,&rdquo he wrote. &ldquoAfter so many years you know what people want from you. Mostly people want you and your music and not a bunch of distractions.&rdquo


'This be a Jesus thing': Carman, the glitziest Christian singer of the '90s, is back on tour

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

Carman Licciardello -- Carman, to fans of '80s and '90s Christian music -- will play a "Legacy Tour" show February 15, 2019, at New Beginnings of North Houston. Since his salad days, he's survived cancer and heart attacks. And in 2017, the self-identified "proverbial bachelor" finally married.

Courtesy Carman / Courtesy Carman Show More Show Less

In the 1990s Carman, the one-name Christian singer with bedroom eyes and Vegas-worthy dance moves, packed stadiums with shows that improbably combined an altar call with early-MTV-era glitz.

Now Carman Licciardello, as he&rsquos legally known, is touring again &mdash coming back not just from obscurity, but from &ldquowhat doctors called incurable cancer,&rdquo his publicist says. On Friday, Carman will play a &ldquoLegacy Tour&rdquo concert at New Beginnings Church of North Houston.

Carman&rsquos fame peaked somewhere around May &rsquo96, when his R.I.O.T. tour played Houston&rsquos Astrodome. Spotlights whirled through dry-ice haze. Dancers twirled on a multi-level stage. Carman, chest hair peeking out the Elvis-deep V of his shirt, called on fans to surrender their hearts to Jesus right there at the show.

Standard operating procedure, that. Over the course of his career, he claims not just 10 million records sold, but also &ldquo1 million recorded decisions for Christianity.&rdquo

If anything, his music videos were even giddier experiences than the stage shows. In &ldquoSatan, Bite the Dust!&rdquo a cowboy-hatted, gun-twirling Carman engages in a saloon shootout with wrinkle-faced, pointy-fanged demons. Or consider &ldquoAddicted to Jesus,&rdquo which feels like a game of &rsquo80s urban-cliché bingo: Keith Haring homages! flaming trashcans! gang hand signs! (Carman himself flashes &ldquoA 2 J&rdquo &mdash presumably for &ldquoAddicted to Jesus.&rdquo As he says in the video, &ldquoYo, what can I say?&rdquo)

The man feared no pop trend, no of-the-moment turn of phrase. He sang a rockabilly &ldquoHoly Ghost Hop,&rdquo did a metal &ldquoI Feel Jesus,&rdquo a bluesy &ldquoRadically Saved.&rdquo For the Urban Cowboy craze, there was the country line-danceable &ldquoStep of Faith.&rdquo

A very Italian white guy, he rapped. Frequently. Often with a crew of muscular, hip-hop-ish dancers behind him. As he declared in &ldquoGod Is Exalted,&rdquo &ldquoThis be a Jesus thing.&rdquo

Even by the standards of the era, his anti-gay pronouncements were extreme. &ldquoWhen it gets to the point where people would rather come out of the closet than clean it,&rdquo he said in the story song &ldquoAmerica Again,&rdquo &ldquoit&rsquos the sign that the judgment of God is gonna fall.&rdquo

Nor did he burden himself overmuch with tolerance of other faiths. &ldquoThe Courtroom&rdquo lumps Buddha, Muhammad and Krishna with &ldquoany others who succumb to death.&rdquo (It rhymes with &ldquoJesus Christ of Nazareth.&rdquo)

These days, at age 63, Carman appears to regret nothing, except maybe the giant Huey Lewis-style suit jackets he used to wear.

What: Carman's "Legacy Tour"

Where: New Beginnings Church of North Houston, 23300 Cypresswood Dr, Spring

When: Doors open 6 p.m. Friday

How much: Free. VIP tickets available.

For more information: Call Diana Navarro, 832-620-2475.

His hair, a black pompadour, remains eerily unchanged, and his teeth glow whiter than ever. He&rsquos all over the internet: on Facebook and Twitter, crowdfunding new albums and offering one-on-one &ldquopersonal life coaching&rdquo sessions, $249 for 45 minutes.

At the Houston show, he says he&rsquoll play fan favorites &mdash songs such as &ldquoLazarus Come Forth,&rdquo &ldquoRadically Saved,&rdquo and &ldquoWho&rsquos in the House&rdquo &mdash as well as newer music from his album &ldquoLegacy.&rdquo That might or might not include &ldquoThe President Trump Blues,&rdquo a recent acoustic offering, which takes jabs at &ldquoMs. Clinton/ and all her female stuff.&rdquo

He&rsquoll probably talk about his life since the &rsquo90s. In 2013 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and underwent nine months of treatment. Around that time, on Facebook, he met Dana Licciardello, who he married in 2017, ending his life as a &ldquoproverbial bachelor.&rdquo

&ldquoShe was encouraging me in my cancer diagnosis,&rdquo he wrote via email, &ldquoand we continued talking for a couple of years. She was a single mother of six children and nine grandchildren who didn&rsquot think anyone would be interested in someone with that much baggage. But I longed for a large family, since most all mine has passed away. It was a good match, and she travels with me 24/7.&rdquo

The upcoming show in Houston won&rsquot have the glitz that once defined a Carman show: no crew of dancers, no light shows, no dry-ice smoke. &ldquoTimes change and styles change,&rdquo he wrote. &ldquoAfter so many years you know what people want from you. Mostly people want you and your music and not a bunch of distractions.&rdquo


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