Last Night: Diana Ross At Verizon Wireless Theater
The important parts got their due, like all four or five rungs on the ladder of the intro of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." By the time she emerged clad like a spangly golden disco ball for finale "I Will Survive," Ross and her band were savoring the moment as much as the audience.
Then she came back out one more time, dressed in black, and asked the crowd if they had seen her talking about her kids on Oprah. We're guessing they did.
Ross apologized for her voice being gone - that's what she said, "gone" - and not only invited the backup singers down front to help her sing the tender title track to her 2007 album I Love You, but asked the sound man to turn up the band to compensate for her diminished vocals.
Now that's a diva.
Personal Bias: Glamazon Afro with the giant hoop earrings dancing all night in the balcony: Call me. Seriously, I missed "I Hear a Symphony," but that's about it.
Overheard In the Crowd: "I love her!" Also, "I love you!"
The Crowd: Motown meets Mix 96.5. Full, heavily female, dressed to the nines for a Tuesday. And one 36-year-old unshaven white dude (i.e. me).
Random Notebook Dump: Ross' last Top 10 hit was 1984's "Swept Away."
I'm Comin' Out
More Today Than Yesterday
My World Is Empty Without You
Where Did Our Love Go?
Stop! In the Name of Love
You Can't Hurry Love
Touch Me In the Morning
It's My House
Take Me Higher
Ease On Down the Road
The Look of Love
Fine and Mellow
Why Do Fools Fall In Love?
Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To?)
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
I Will Survive
I Love You