Posted in music | tour dates on October 1, 2010

Aretha

"Aretha Franklin has come to the defence of her badly beaten son following reports he refused to co-operate with police in the aftermath of his gas station attack - insisting his injuries prevented him from giving a statement.

Eddie Franklin, 52, was allegedly attacked on the forecourt of a garage in Detroit, Michigan on Monday night. He was hospitalised and underwent emergency surgery, but reportedly discharged himself from the medical facility before cops arrived to talk to him about the incident. A police spokeswoman confirmed officers were interested in talking to Eddie after being told he "walked out (of hospital) on his own" and urged him to report the crime.

The Queen of Soul has now come forward to explain why her son was not able to talk to police straight away - his jaw has been wired shut by doctors. She also criticized cops for talking to the media and giving "the impression that my son was not being cooperative".

Franklin says, "After observing my son on Tuesday, it was clear that he was unable to communicate with anyone after such a traumatic attack and with his jaw wired. The officer probably would not have been able to give a statement if he had been attacked by three men the very next day, either, and it was totally unreasonable to expect Eddie to do so as if he were not being cooperative."

The news comes after Franklin cancelled a gig in Kansas City, Missouri to take care of Eddie as he recovers from his ordeal. Chaka Khan has now stepped in to take Franklin's place at the concert on Sunday." [Toronto Sun]

The Kansas City cancellation is one of many recent cancellations by the diva. Over the summer she cancelled two free Brooklyn shows, and though there was mention of those shows being rescheduled, it looks like the next chance to catch Aretha in NYC will be on February 10th and 11th at Radio City Music Hall. Both shows go on sale today, Friday, at 11am.

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Comments (8)

Would love to see Aretha, but the prices she charges are too much for my tastes. I was excited for the two free Brooklyn shows, too bad they were both canceled. Would love to pay $40 for a good seat, not $100+.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 12:00 PM

i'd pay $100+ for her to walk on stage, wave to the crowd for two minutes, fart into a microphone, wave to the crowd for two minutes, and leave.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 12:44 PM

Miss Aretha contract states that she be paid in cash, immediately following the show.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 2:33 PM

Actually before the show

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 10:46 PM

niggas like hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2010 8:06 PM

For a woman to have paved the way for others with the help of GOD; surely she should be worth 100 dollars and more. Spiritually inclined and dedicated to her HEAVENLY FATHER LET US JUST THINK AND GIVE HER SOME WELL DESERVED RESPECT

Posted by Dorothy King | October 11, 2010 12:50 AM

" surely she should be worth 100 dollars and more."

That's the problem she SHOULD be worth 100 dollars and more, but she's not. Her musical output since the '80s has been anywhere from mediocre to downright atrocious (the '80s pop crossover crap).

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2010 1:17 AM

cheeseburger

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2010 3:49 PM

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