Live Review: Diana Ross at the Golden Gate Theatre

Diana Ross review: Superb voice keeps love alive: Aidin Vaziri | “Stop!” Diana Ross raised her palm at the Golden Gate Theatre on Friday. The 67-year-old singer looked resplendent in a sparkling floor-length gown, red lipstick and an eruption of curls topping her smiling face – almost as if she had spent the past five decades preserved in amber. Less than a second passed, but it felt like an eternity. Her 12-piece band stood at full attention. The stage lights illuminated the capacity crowd. Then Ross delivered the kicker, backed by a volunteer chorus of hundreds: “In the name of love!” She wailed. They wailed. “Before you break my heart!” It was pop history in the flesh, with all the emotional heft that comes with it. Friday’s concert marked the first time Ross had performed in San Francisco proper since she appeared with the Supremes at the Fairmont Hotel’s Venetian Room in 1969, according to promoter Rick Bartalini. That’s where Ross picked up, opening the 90-minute show with the high points of the trio’s Motown catalog delivered in quick succession. “Baby Love.” “You Can’t Hurry Love.” “Where Did Our Love Go?” That’s a whole lot of love.
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