If one thing is certain in the narrative of every girl group, it’s “change”. However, R&B legends En Vogue are writing chapters that must be seen to be believed.
Full story after the jump…
After spending years with a revolving of replacement members for Dawn Robinson (who left in 1997), the group reunited in their original form in 2010 for a 20th anniversary tour and album.
Yet, it appears old habits die hardest; for the same in-fighting, diva-tudes, and financial disagreements which ripped the talented quad apart years prior reared its head again – resulting in Robinson leaving the fold a second time. And the ladies, once again, pressing on.
However, in a dramatic new twist, Robinson has announced that member Maxine Jones is no longer with the group, and is instead preparing to tour with her for a “new” version of En Vogue.
Writing on Twitter, Robinson said:
“MAXINE & I HAVE LEFT THE BUILDING & NOW WE’RE REHEARSING FOR AN EV TOUR W 2 “NEW” GIRLS. WE WILL BE IN UR CITY SOON SO COME PARTY WITH US!
Max & I are thrilled at all the love we are receiving from each of u! This is gonna be FUN
We appreciate being lifted up so high…blessings to each of you “
Responding, remaining members, Cindy and Terry offered the following:
“Dear EnVogue fans,
In regards to the recent twitter and face book posts alleging that Terry and Cindy have replaced Maxine Jones with Rhona, we would like to respond. Terry and Cindy are not replacing Maxine Jones. We have however asked Rhona to fill in temporarily so that we can continue to bring live shows to our fans. Thus far, Rhona has only done three shows with us since June 2012. The group has always added someone whenever a member has been unable or unwilling to perform or has left the group. Terry and I have not kicked Maxine out of the group. There are always two sides to a story and many internal facts that you the fans aren’t hearing about. In an effort to not air dirty laundry, or appear to point the finger at anyone, we respectfully choose to remain silent on the internal issues. We appreciate you the fans continuing to support Envogue individually, and as a whole.
Cindy and Terry”
An embarrassing mucky mess. To all be well into their 40′s and still duking it out like this (while not allowing the En Vogue name to rest in peace), is painful to watch.
At this point, the ladies are morphing into The Tempations – who, in their final moments, had at least three different groups touring under that moniker. It’s damaging to “the brand” and makes their collective adamance on continuing the group(s) seem more money motivated than anything. Like, how many “fans” really want to see two half-baked tribute groups?
Oh the good ol’ days…