Posted in music | tour dates on November 11, 2011

Aretha

The stars came to Cleveland Saturday night (Nov. 5) as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Case Western Reserve University's American Music Masters Tribute Concert to soul legend Aretha Franklin.

The 16th annual concert, which has honored classic artists such as Hank Williams, Leadbelly and Jerry Lee Lewis in past years, was inundated with performers past and present, all of whom had felt Lady Soul's influence on their lives and music.

But it was the show's finale that capped off the evening in a culmination of gospel-soul goodness. After show promoters insisted that Franklin was not scheduled to perform at the concert, Rock Hall CEO Terry Stewart announced a surprise to end the night, and the curtain rose on a grand black piano, with none other than Franklin herself at its keys.

Flanked by past performers of the evening, Aretha brought down the house with her rendition of Leon Russell's "A Song for You," a call-and-response number boosted by the croons of the Temptations' Dennis Edwards. Franklin especially dedicated the song to United States Attorney General Eric Holder, who attended the concert.

Following a standing ovation from an appreciative and animated crowd, Stewart beckoned Aretha to the podium, where she received the 2011 American Music Masters honorary award, as well as a key to the city by Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson. -[Billboard]

The Queen of Soul was then honored with a standing ovation, mush like I am sure she will receive at her two-night stint at Radio City Music Hall on February 17 & 18, 2012. Tickets go on sale 11/21 at 11AM.

Aretha was supposed to play two nights at Radio City in Feb. 2011, but had to cancel due to sickness. She has since played a free show in Coney Island which was also a makeup show of sorts.

All currently known Aretha dates are below.

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ARETHA FRANKLIN - 2011-2012 TOUR DATES
15 NOV Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater Austin, TX, US
17 NOV Arena Theatre Houston, TX, US
20 NOV First Council Casino Newkirk, OK, US
30 DEC MGM Grand at Foxwoods Mashantucket, CT, US
09 FEB Durham Performing Arts Center Durham, NC, US
16 FEB Radio City Music Hall New York, NY
17 FEB Radio City Music Hall New York, NY
28 APR Eku Center for the Arts Richmond, KY, US

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Comments (29)

I like Aretha Franklin music more than fighting.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 9:02 AM

she likes whoppers more than fighting

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 9:09 AM

cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 9:10 AM

Who decided she was the "Queen of Soul"? I don't get it. I think there are plenty of better female soul singers than her. She just screams a lot. Hell, I'd take Tina Turner over Aretha any day of the week as far as voices go. (and then looks, forget about it)

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 9:16 AM

I think the true queen of soul was Nina Simone. Her voice was incredibly commanding and simultaneously intimate/ caressing. So beautifully poignant.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 9:41 AM

white castle

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 9:59 AM

so she can just cancel em cause she's too fat? have another cheesburger

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 10:01 AM

She's one of the only greats from that era left.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 10:29 AM

..listen to the Amazing Grace cd and prepare to be humbled.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 10:31 AM

She dies, and all we're left with is crappy sellout R&B pop artists like Rihanna, cookie cutter post-grunge crap like Nickelback, by-the-numbers faux Country, and bunch of crappy hipster bands whose names have variations on 'deer' or 'antler'. Music now sucks. I'll be at that Aretha show, for sure.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 10:34 AM

9:16 & 9:41 - Nina Simone and Tina Turner were amazing in their own right, but their presence doesn't diminish Aretha's abilities. The sad thing is that our generation doesn't have anyone that comes close to any of the above three women.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 10:43 AM

this is a ruse - she going to try and eat the audience

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 11:02 AM

I'll take a fat Aretha over a skinny Rihanna, any day.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 11:19 AM

Aretha, Nina, Tina > everyone else

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 11:31 AM

cheeeeeeeesburgers

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 11:39 AM

Tina Turner isn't a soul, she's rock & roll.

"Black" does not always equal "soul," people.

Posted by Matt | November 11, 2011 11:42 AM

Nina Simone > Tine Turner > Aretha Franklin

END
OF
STORY.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 12:01 PM

11:42 soul doesn't always equal black either. To me, the greatest Soul Singer of all time is Hank Williams Sr.
His songs have more soul in them than anything I've ever heard.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 1:11 PM

Fuck that, I saw this bitch for free at Coney Island last year. Going to see WAVVES instead. Show of the decade.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 1:19 PM

Urethra Franklin

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 1:34 PM

did bob dylan ever bone aretha? i know he got mavis staples.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 1:47 PM

"Urethra Franklin"

That pun was funny.

30 years ago. When I overheard my father say it.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 1:57 PM

2 things are certain...
Arethra is the queen of soul... And I am the self proclaimed king of hummus.

Posted by King of Hummus | November 11, 2011 2:28 PM

Don't call me "11:42." I use a name. I'm one of the few on this site, but I have a name, damnit.

Posted by Matt | November 11, 2011 2:33 PM

yo matt, from now on you are 11:42.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 3:36 PM

1:57 - I meant the band. I'm sure I don't know your father, but it sounds like he and my father should hang out.

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 4:50 PM

moar hamburgerz plz

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2011 5:16 PM

she was hot when she was a youngn'

Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2011 12:41 AM

aretha franklin rules

Posted by jordon | August 12, 2013 3:47 PM

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