R. KELLY returned to the stage in his native Chicago, Illinois for the first time since he was acquitted on child-pornography charges last year (08) and shared his underwear with lucky fans.
During back-to-back concerts at the Auditorium Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday night (17-18Nov09), the soul superstar wowed screaming female fans with stunt striptease behind a screen - and then handed out his briefs.
The sold out shows began with Kelly ripping through a hits medley but a kinky onstage moment during which Kelly disappeared behind a screen and appeared to be stripping was the highlight.
He then presented a screaming fan with his removed underwear.
Kelly also paid tribute to Michael Jackson, leaving the stage as home video footage of the late King of Pop was beamed onto a huge screen.
And there were tributes also to Kelly's mother and his hero Sam Cooke during an encore full of Cooke hits.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.