May 21, 2010

USA: Diana Ross, a timeless diva, on a national tour

CHICAGO, Illinois / The Chicago Tribune / Entertainment / May 21, 2010

DIANA ROSS performs at Radio City Music Hall on May 19.
Credit Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

A testament to longevity in the music business is supreme diva Diana Ross, who at 65 is on a national tour, "More Today Than Yesterday," that comes to the Chicago Theatre on Thursday.


Maybe the death of her friend and pop icon Michael Jackson got her thinking about a "This Is It" finale for herself.

Ross is now the only surviving star from the 1978 musical "The Wiz," after the recent death of Lena Horne.

She's certainly kept quiet during the last few years — musically that is; we won't mention the TMZ moments.

"The music is timeless," Ross said in an ETonline interview. "It's what my calling is. It's what I love to do. It's my passion." So, it looks as if it's just time. Ross will present a greatest hits show with a live string and horn section, covering Motown, the "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" '70s and then some "I'm Coming Out" '80s, and, unsurprisingly, many costume changes. [rc]

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