Years after dominating the charts with a string of pop hits in the 1980s and 1990s, singer Richard Marx mentioned that one thing has remained the same as the superstar’s whirlwind days.

“Surprisingly, women always throw their underwear on stage,” said Marx, speaking by phone from Chicago on a business trip just before the start of his current solo tour. “It’s just that these days they’re Depends.”

Marx, 56, brings his music and cheerfulness to a solo acoustic performance at 7:30 p.m. on February 12 at Brown County Music Center, 200 Maple Leaf Boulevard in Nashville. His MTV veejay ex-wife Daisy Fuentes will be making the trip, as she often does on her tours these days.

He still has a strong voice that sounds as high-pitched as it did in his prime, according to video clips online. But now the Grammy winner has added a tremendous sense of comedic storytelling to his list of songs filled with Top 10 tracks. On touring last year, he has included well-known songs such as “Don ‘t Mean Nothin’ “,” Endless Summer Nights “,” Hold On to the Nights “and” Right Here Waiting for You “.

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At a performance a few years ago, he brought actor and singer Hugh Jackman on stage for a duet of this latest issue, changing the last line to “here while waiting for Hugh”.

Obviously he’s always having fun with his audience, including his commute time. A few months ago, a middle-aged couple admitted him, apologized and arrested him at the airport.

“We just wanted to thank you,” the couple told him. “Your song was our wedding song.”

“Which one was it? He asked “You should have known better?” They didn’t laugh.

On shows where women and others still scream that they love him, he sometimes joked, “I love you too. But I feel the need to see other people.

He sees plenty of room for humor at the local concert billed as “a night of love songs”.

“What’s funnier than relationships?” He asked. “It’s a deep well of material out there, not just with songs but with life experience.”

He laughed at his own music, making him a sort of romance Romeo in pop circles of the past.

“That doesn’t mean that I take this concept very seriously,” he said.

And he loves weaving lighter impromptu commentary between songs.

“I never really felt like a storyteller (at first),” he said. “I think part of it maybe with age. But it changed the whole dynamic of performance for me.

He hopes to include at least a few songs from his new album titled “Limitless” which will be released on February 7th. This is his first package of new tracks in six years. And, with the help of a synchronized video screen behind him, he will sing along with his three musical sons, whom he calls “the Marx Brothers“. The song “When You Loved Me” is often listed as THE highlight of the concert by fans who post comments online after a performance.

“I don’t think I’ve done this song before without getting a standing ovation,” he said. “I’m obviously proud of the song. But this (answer) is really due only to them. This is something quite special.

They also performed live with him a few times. So the guy who was once an idol and a hitmaker is a naturally proud parent – and a more relaxed performer who no longer cares about his long-term impact.

“I no longer have ambitious goals,” he said.

Apart from perhaps hearing the joy and laughter of his audience.

About the concert

Who: Pop singer Richard Marx in a solo acoustic performance of hits from the past and new tracks

When: 7:30 a.m. on February 12

Where: Brown County Music Center, 200 Maple Leaf Boulevard in Nashville.

Tickets: $ 25 and more, available on ticketmaster.com

Information: browncountymusiccenter.com