It was Lionel, the lead singer. Twas the first performance of that tour, the first lead in for Commodores, and they blew Sly out of the water by a country mile. AvalonBallroom, by the ocean. Everyone went to see Sly. Sly was shocked and very stoned, almost placid in his performance. Encore called for Commodores to come out again, but they had already left before Sly finished.