Legendary singer Diana Ross commanded the stage at Wolftrap’s Filene Centre on June 27, exhibiting why she is one of the most entertaining singers in the world.
At age 75, the singer and actress proved that age is all about one’s mindset as she thrilled an audience that grew up on Motown hits. The former lead singer for The Supremes, one of the most successful female acts in music history, pulled out all the stops. This included changing five times into one spectacular gown after another, which by the show’s end, had almost become a show of their own.
The iconic diva walked onto the stage with dramatic flair as the thumping beat of “I’m Coming Out,” filled the summer night. Dressed in a gold-covered gown with a shimmering bodice and a chiffon bottom, she carried a huge golden boa that added to the sumptuous look. With a Chinese fan in one hand and a mic in the other, she thanked an adoring audience for their thunderous applause before launching into “I Love You More Today Than Yesterday.”
A series of Supremes hits followed, including “Stop in the Name of Love” which enticed members of the audience to stand up and put one hand on their hips, while holding out their other arm like a traffic stop sign. “Come See About Me” and “You Can’t Hurry Love” followed, and “Touch Me in the Morning” from one of her solo albums in the 1970s was beautifully and melodically rendered by the singer.
On the upbeat “Love Child,” Ross introduced members of her super talented band and talented singers allowing to show off their own impressive skills. The musicians included George Svetich on the keyboard; Michael Sechrest on guitar and Gerry Brown on drums. Singers Keisha Grumbs, Sheniqua Trotman and Terrell Tipton stepped up to the mike to show off their superb voices.
The solos proved came in handy as they allowed Ross to exit the stage and return in another eye-popping, spectacular gown. Dressed in a sexy red gown with off the shoulder straps and another fluffy boa, the singer performed the fast-paced “Who’s The Boss” and Upside Down,” displaying youthful energy that belied what she called, “My Diamond Jubilee Year.”
Throughout the evening, Ross proved to be incredibly warm and personable, revealing intimate details about her life or giving out tips on how to stay fit. She performed “The Sweetest Hangover” as audiences members joined in to sing the line, “I don’t want to get over.” “Ease on Down the Road” from “The Wiz” was another opportunity for audience interaction, evoking memories of Ross as Dorothy in the soulful version of the original movie.
It was then time for another gown change as Ross came out in a dazzling purple gown with another huge boa, tinged with black in the design. The mood mellowed as Ross soulfully performed “Lady Sings the Blues,” from the movie she made about the life of singer Billie Holliday.
A fun cover of “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” followed before Ross changed again into a dazzling hot pink gown. She proceeded to bring down the house with her rendition of “Do You Know Where You’re Going To” and the stirring “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
The singer brought the audience to its feet again as she performed “I Will Survive,” which became an anthem for the women’s movement. She worked the stage with her flowing mane of hair tossing from side to side.
The singer ended the show by changing into a stunning cobalt blue gown, then allowed the audience to ask her any questions that they wanted. “What is your greatest regret?” one man asked. The singer said there were none and stated that she is just constantly grateful for blessings like her band members, singers and family.
“We love you, Diana,” was shouted back by many, ending a thoroughly entertaining night.