Opinions may have run the gamut on Aretha Franklin's performance at President Obama's inauguration -- not to mention her ginormous bow hat -- but we can all agree that 35 years is too long to wait for her to return to the Hollywood Bowl.
The Queen of Soul will play the amphitheater on June 26, the first time since 1974. She will be backed by her own band, including a string ensemble, for an evening of salt-of-the-earth soul songs rendered in Franklin's heaven-gifted pipes.
Best of all, it'll surely be a warm night, all the better for lubricating Franklin's voice for sassy classics like "Think." In fact, Franklin was so bummed with her 19-degree performance of "America (My Country, Tis of Thee)" that she recorded another "preferred version," available on iTunes.
Tickets for the vocalist recently granted the top spot on Rolling Stone's list of the Greatest Singers of All Time will go on sale Saturday at noon. Single tickets will go for $25 to $135. Call (323) 850-2050 for further details.
-- Margaret Wappler
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