It was a night for Aretha Franklin tributes at a couple of major concert venues on Friday (Aug. 17) in the Queen of Soul’s home town.
Lucinda Williams used the local stop of her LSD Tour with Dwight Yoakam and Steve Earle to pay homage to Franklin at the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre in the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills. Williams brought Earle on stage to play guitar during “Joy,” preceding the performance with a “shout-out to the memory of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who was born and raised her in Detroit. This song goes out to Aretha.”
The tour also played Franklin’s “Chain Of Fools” on the PA between each of acts, drawing an ovation from the crowd.
The I Love The 90s’s Tour at the nearby DTE Energy Music Theatre went even further. Nearly ever act on the bill made some mention of Franklin’s passing, and Salt-N-Pepa brought a bunch of women on stage during their set to dance to a recording of “Respect.” The evening’s emcee also asked for a moment of silence for Franklin, encouraging fans at the venue to hold up their cell phone lights in tribute. The tour also prepared a tribute video accompanied by Franklin’s version of “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman,” which it played twice during the night.
Franklin passed away on Thursday at the age of 76, from pancreatic cancer. Her funeral for family and invited guests has been scheduled for Aug. 31 at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple, following two days of viewing Aug. 28-29 at the city’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History.
A musical tribute is also planned but hasn’t been announced, while another tribute concert, organized by longtime Franklin patron Clive Davis and Live Nation, is slated for November in New York City.