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Diana Ross

For those of you still shaking your heads in dismay at the botched Supremes reunion tour in 2000, here's your chance for catharsis. Diana Ross is headed back to South Florida to put on a new solo show — though chances are she'll be unabashedly pulling from her long line of hits, so we're not sure what's so new about it. Born in Detroit and swooped up by Berry Gordy when he heard her youth gospel group the Primettes, Ross' veins pulse with soul music. Gordy renamed the group "the Supremes," then created one of the first urban diva personalities when he later renamed them Diana Ross and the Supremes. Arguably, Ross' ego hasn't been the same since. After leaving Motown, she increased her value exponentially as a performer. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Touch Me in the Morning," "Theme From Mahogany," "Love Hangover," and "Endless Love" all lay ahead of her. With the help of the mega-talented songwriting team of Ashford and Simpson and smart collaborations with the likes of Lionel Richie, Ross was a regular visitor to the number-one spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. The late '80s and the '90s were, well... relatively slow times for Ross. It's not clear what sparked this latest comeback — the success of the Supremes-inspired film Dreamgirls or her mentorship of those starry-eyed hopefuls on American Idol. Then again, who are we to complain? At the age of 63, it's impressive that she still has the energy to perform at all.

Diana Ross performs at 8 p.m. Monday, April 30, at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets cost $52 to $102. Call 954-523-3309, or visit www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com.

 
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