Diana Ross lit up the Hollywood Bowl stage.
Diana Ross lit up the stage at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, July 15. The music icon had not played an L.A. concert in nearly three years – and she didn’t disappoint. The iconic diva sang song after song and even had four costume changes. At 72 years old, there were no signs of Ms. Ross slowing down.
To open the show, Ross descended from the rafters of the Hollywood Bowl in a gorgeous red gown singing her hit song “I’m Coming Out.” Her vocals sounded great, and she was in good spirits. Following her opening, she proceeded to tear through hit singles including “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “Baby Love.”
The former frontwoman of the Supremes was able to perform the majority of her 18 No. 1 Billboard hits. Her rendition of “Love Child” was outstanding and brought the crowd to its feet. She included a medley of her dance hits including “The Boss” and “Upside Down.” She even wore a gold sequin gown to pay homage to the disco era. She joked with the audience when she was handed a copy of TIME Magazine from 1972 by a fan.
Ross also included some songs from Lady Sings the Blues and saluted Billie Holliday. She received an Academy Award nomination for her work in that iconic film. She even dedicated “Good Morning Heartache” to her old beau, Berry Gordy. She and Gordy had a tumultuous relationship during her time with Motown Records.
Towards the end of the concert, Ross belted out her hit “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand),” and the audience obliged. Everyone was on their feet swaying and dancing to the classic song.
The show was a solid 80 minutes with Ross promptly arriving at 9 p.m. Her opening act was Naturally 7, an a cappella group. Tracee Ellis Ross introduced her mother and shared her excitement for her recent Emmy nomination.