Queen of Soul Commands in Philly

December 31, 2014 8:53 PM

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Singers come and go... and then there's Aretha, the undisputed Queen of Soul, still playing to audiences who clamor to hear her iconic hits from the '60s, but know she has always has something more to say musically. Franklin likes to dip into the past, but has no intentions of being a fossilized nostalgia act. After years of skirting rumors of ill health, Franklin is currently touring with tracks from Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics.

Franklin pulsed onstage to the standing, all but sold out Verizon Hall in Philly Dec. 29, already in strong voice belting out Jackie Wilson's soul classic Your Love Keeps on Lifting me Higher and late in the show, serenading with The Way We Were. In between Franklin illustrating themes from both num...

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