More than 30 acts gathered in Detroit on Thursday to pay tribute to the deceased Queen of the Soul the night before her funeral, as big as her iconic career and life.
A tribute to the Queen at the Chene Park Amphitheater of the City was a four-hour and 45-minute marathon that touched on every aspect of Aretha Franklin's music, beginning with the opera and ending with an epic, full-fledged romp through "respect," and in between gospel, jazz, blues, soul and pop. The free show tickets were picked up in a few minutes of the week, and those who had not placed lounge chairs in front of the venue recorded everything.
Inside, some dignitaries and celebrities gathered with ordinary folk fans. Some of them ̵
The show was perhaps exhausting to a mistake, with much emotionalizing in honor of the Queen. And while Gladys Knight, one of the announced headliners, was a no-show, there were still plenty of snacks from the show. The Top 10 Contain …
* Opera became part of Franklin's legacy at the 40th Grammy Awards when she became known at the last minute for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti. Fittingly, the tribute began on Thursday with interpretations of "Ave Maria" by Nicole Johnson "and" Nessun Dorma, "Franklin's Grammy Moment, by Roderick Dixon.
* Dee Dee Bridgewater noted that Franklin" even in death all of us brought together, she did not smile and was happy. She was an angel "in front of a muscular version of" Sky Lark "
* Jean Carne caused a sensation by bringing La Belle's Sarah Dash to the stage to help her with" See you come back. "
It would not be a Franklin homage without gospel, and Kurt Carr and Derrick Starks attended the night with a 25-voice choir in the church and revered staples such as "In the Shrine," "The Lord's Presence Is Here" and "How I Passed" and others.The soloist Tasha Page-Lockhart with the cover of Franklin's live gospel album One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism that appeared on her left, delivered a definitive "Amazing Grace"  * Tyler Perry introduced Jennifer Lewis, who recited "All Hail the Queen", which she wrote especially for the occasion; even better was Lewis's introduction, in which she brought her 14-year-old niece back to Franklin's death, "Ms. Franklin must have been so cute. "I was like," Bitch, is not about Aretha, "said Lewis. "Make a wrong note and see what happens." Sweet ?! This is not an adjective for a diva! "Lewis also remembered Whitney Houston, who told her on the set of" The Preacher's Wife ":" Be careful with Aretha. She takes this queen shit seriously. "
* Narada Michael Walden joined a group of yellow-robed Detroit divas drums during the" Freeway of Love, "which he wrote and produced for Franklin, and David McMurray, a Blue Note artist, who What (Not Was), Kid Rock, and Johnny Hallyday have been working on is Clarence Clemons saxophone solo.
* The Divas were proud to be in a segment dedicated to Franklin's R & B hits. Cherri Black shows admirable restraint until the end of "(you make me feel like a natural woman") and Page-Lockhart goes over the top "I've never loved a man (how I love you)." The 10 women supported each other in their individual performances and came together for a lively "Jump To It." * Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. – who, as Patti Labelle, sent video-commented comments – extended his explanation to Franklin's death, intoning that "certain artists some once in a decade, some once in a lifetime. But Aretha Franklin comes only once, period. So how happy are we to have been part of this unique, beautiful soul. "Gordy called his" dear friend "one of the" true great artists of our time "and remarked," Although I know that princesses will certainly come, I know also forever that in the music business there will be only one queen – the queen of Soul. "
* Raheem DeVaughn recalled backstage that he met Franklin when he was engaged at her birthday party in 2009 and remembered her admiration for his hit" Woman. "He said Thursday that Franklin also asked him to come in Song for her, which he wrote as "Queen" – although Franklin never stopped recording it, and it became a Top 10 Hot Adult R & B hit for DeVaughn, he played both songs on Thursday and said, "If I am it has a whole new meaning … it means everything to all, from all walks of life. We can all agree forever that there is only one queen of the soul.
* The other night's all-star headliners found ways to tailor their own material – and name Franklin – whether it was Detroit, Keith Washington's "You're My Greatest Inspiration," or Angie Stones Galvanizing from "Brother." Regina Belle, meanwhile, tore up "Rock Steady" and Dramatics veteran LJ Reynolds delivered a compelling "Call Me." Johnny Gill walked through the crowd during his long, vampire-style version of Franklin's "Is not No Way." But Lawrence Payton Jr. of The Four Tops struck an emotional chord by dubbing Luther Vandross & # 39; "Dance With My Father" as a song that helped him endure the death of his own father, with hopes that it would could do the same for Franklin's family and friends.
* And "Respect?" While the vast majority of viewers had already left when all the performers on stage flooded for the finale, it was still the only possibility eit, closing the night, overriding her – well, for 11 minutes – sent those who stayed home
Franklin's funeral is scheduled to begin on Friday at 9:30 am in Detroit's Greater Grace Temple and will feature a number of outlets on television transmitted and transmitted live. The ceremony will feature performances by Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar Chaka Khan, Ron Isley, Jennifer Holliday, Yolanda Adams and Franklin's son Edward. On Thursday, rehearsals took place in the church. Speakers include former US President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Cicely Tyson, Clive Davis, Reverend Al Sharpton, former US Attorney General Eric Holder, and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.