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TLC lights up rare Super Bowl week show

Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, left, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas

Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, left, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas perform during the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz: TLC concert event at the Beacon Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 in Manhattan. (Credit: AP)

TLC’s rare concert appearance Thursday night at the Beacon Theater, part of VH1's Super Bowl Blitz, felt like a new beginning for T-Boz and Chilli.

The duo hasn’t toured much since TLC’s rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died in a car crash in 2002 and their concerts have made it clear why. Left Eye’s rhymes were such an integral part of so many of TLC songs that they still use tapes of them in some songs, giving even upbeat numbers like “What About Your Friends” a somber feel.

However, new songs like their finale, “Meant to Be,” show they still have skills. And when they can put them to use, as they do in the buoyant “No Scrubs,” with a stage full of dancers, and the sultry “Red Light Special,” they create moments so thrilling that you wish they didn’t save their performances for only special occasions like Super Bowl Week.

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T-Boz and Chilli led their dance troupe through some impressive moves and led the crowd through equally impressive sing-alongs of their biggest hits, especially "Waterfalls" and "Unpretty."

“Thank you for all your love and support,” T-Boz told the crowd, as she left the stage.

“It’s been a long journey,” added Chilli.

Hopefully, though, they will keep it going.

SETLIST: Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg / What About Your Friends / Hat 2 Da Back / Baby, Baby, Baby / Diggin’ on You / Doug E. Fresh – Medley / Red Light Special / Creep / Damaged / Unpretty / No Scrubs / Come Get Some / Waterfalls / Meant to Be

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