It seems that the rumors are actually NOT rumors, iconic R&N group NEW EDITION will be on tour for Summer 2018, but; all six members will NOT be a part of this tour, and; they will NOT be performing as NEW EDITION!!!
The newest incarnation of the group is entitled RBRM, which stands for RONNIE, BOBBY, RICKY, & MIKE.
RONNIE DEVOE, BOBBY BROWN, RICKY BELL, and, MICHAEL BIVINS, are now a quartet.
RALPH TRESVANT and JOHNNY GILL are NOT parts of this group, and, will NOT be participating with this tour.
Apparently; there has been a rift within the group which Michael Bivins recently addressed via INSTAGRAM.
MIKE BIVINS said;
THIS news led to a widespread panic of belief that as we the masses know and love them - NEW EDITION is NO MORE!!!
However; ROCKY BELL addressed this on his INSTAGRAM, assuring their loving public that NOTHING could be further from the truth.
RICKY BELL said;
Sporty Wednesday Quote : This is my statement to all of you Family , Friends , Fans ! Yesterday I spent a day campaigning with a good brother @doitalldu in Newark,NJ as he is running for City councilman at large on Tues may 9th.But the kids and elderly folks all asked me about New Edition.My long drive home yesterday I said God help me release all my disappointment and receive all your steps you take to fix and help those in need of a breakthrough.We all felt like the victim at times in our long career and sometimes , it rears its head at the wrong time and last year was God's time for us to smell our roses and to do what we do best Entertain.Family business is family business and I know yall need answers on why ish is not going down ( the Big Tour , Part 4,5,6 of more of the movie, or anything else you do to celebrate with your fans) I'm on record this morning on behalf of Orchard Park Projects , Boston , Maurice Starr , Candy Girl and all that have participated and worked for this organization.I will do my part and talk and open up communication to get this ish back on track Ralph, Ricky , Ronnie , Bobby , Johnny & Brooke. With love and honor and respect at the table , God can do his work Good am & God Bless Michael L.Bivins #Bivfam and my big brothers
To our beloved and devoted fans; I know that some of you may be a bit confused and/or disappointed that “NE”, as you know us, is not going on tour at this time. Trust me when I tell you I’m just as disappointed as you are. Especially after pouring out our hearts to you guys in the form of the “New Edition Story”... we know that you’ve come to expect excellence from us. Although I’m not able to go into specific details at this very moment, I will say this much - Nobody gets kicked out of NE anymore. Those days are long behind us. Like all families we have differences that plague us and those indifferences must be dealt with and smoothed out for us to function as the single unit that will allow us to tour as NE again. To be completely honest, I, for one, will rely on God’s infinite wisdom and timing to orchestrate the right time and place for that to happen. But make no mistake about it, when that time comes please know that Ricky Bell will be there front and center ready to rock. As always, I will be at every meeting, rehearsal and on every conference call (early to be exact). I’m willing to do my part to ensure that the legacy that you, our beautiful fans, have helped us build and sustain for the better part of 30 plus years. Meanwhile, as we trust God to work all of this out for us, we still must feed our families all while attempting to protect our legacy from being destroyed by the lies and deceit of the enemy. In closing, I thank you in advance for your undying support and fervent prayers for a resolution. You are indeed our cherished gift from above. God Bless You! With Love, RB.