Aretha Franklin at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, Oct. 6, 2012. (Photo: Donald Kravitz)
At 70, Aretha Franklin can still belt it out with the best of them. As she proved on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, her voice is still superb, her sense of humor still intact and her music can still move mountains.
Playing to a large crowd in a rare Fall 2012 concert appearance, Franklin, in a shimmering silver gown and looking beautiful, and her large band pulled out several Atlantic Records classic cuts ( “Chain of Fools,” “Share Your Love with Me,” “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” and, of course, “Respect”).
Franklin also tickled the ivories a bit. Behind the piano, she sang a heartfelt tribute to the late Whitney Houston, singing her hit “I Will Always Love You,” while images of Whitney played on video screens.
Franklin also played tribute to the late great James Moody, singing a zippy version of “Moody’s Mood for Love.”
One of the most memorable numbers of the night was Franklin’s take on Curtis Mayfield’s (a “gentle giant,” Franklin offered to the crowd) “Something He Can Feel,” which the late Mayfield wrote for Franklin’s 1978 film Sparkle.
Click here for our interview with Aretha Franklin prior to the show.
Ms. Franklin and Atlantic City Weekly's Jeff Schwachter
Following the concert, which lasted close to an hour and a half, with Franklin taking a brief break during the midway point as the band played on, the Queen of Soul herself graciously took some time for a meet and greet with a lucky few backstage (see photo above). CLICK HERE for a photo gallery from this concert.
— Jeff Schwachter