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Diana Ross at the Hollywood Bowl

Time To Celebrate Music Reigning Diva!

My wife Alex and I had the chance to see the legendary Diana Ross at the Hollywood Bowl, and she was amazing! Here is a look at the concert, her song list, some videos and oh yes, those outfits!

Alex and JR at Diana Ross Hollywood Bowl

We arrived two hours before the show started, so we could settle in, have a nice meal and wine in our box, and then prepare for Diana Ross. I’m not aware of her performing that often in public, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Was she uncomfortable on stage? Is her voice up to par?

Hollywood Bowl Diana Ross 2016

The lights dimmed, and Ms. Ross took the stage – and I immediately knew she had no stage fright – and that she was going to wow us with her outfits!

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 03: Singer Diana Ross celebrates her more than 40-year career during a concert at the Hollywood Bowl on August 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  PHOTOGRAPH BY UPI /Landov / Barcroft Media  UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com  USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com  Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 03: Singer Diana Ross celebrates her more than 40-year career during a concert at the Hollywood Bowl on August 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. PHOTOGRAPH BY UPI /Landov / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W http://www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W http://www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W http://www.barcroftindia.com

Thanks to UPI for this terrific shot on her onstage – she wowed the crowd with a variety of outfits – AND with an incredible body of work!

Diana Ross performs on the first of two nights at the Hollywood Bowl Friday night.  ///ADDITIONAL INFO: dianaross_review.dak 07/15/16 - Photo by DREW A. KELLEY, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Diana Ross performs on the first of two nights at the Hollywood Bowl Friday night.
///ADDITIONAL INFO: dianaross_review.dak 07/15/16 – Photo by DREW A. KELLEY, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

“Swinging Into Action!”

Ross cemented her reputation as a consummate performer – and legendary Diva – when she came on stage by way of a swing! That’s right, she entered the Bowl from above the band!

“We’re going to play a lot of your favorites tonight!”

After being deposited on stage, Ross told the crowd that we were in for a treat: all of her great single hits PLUS the best songs from The Supremes!

Here is Ross performing “Stop! In The Name Of Love” –

The Hollywood Bowl Diana Ross review

Ross performed some of The Supremes’ greatest hits, including “Love Child”, “Stop! In The Name Of Love” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – and her voice was strong, upbeat and playful – she was having a ball onstage, perhaps no more so than when she called up a friend from the audience:

Usher and Diana Ross The Hollywood Bowl

Usher And Diana Ross Go “Upside Down!”

One of the shows highlights occurred during the performance of “Upside Down”, as Ross called her friend Usher up on stage to sing with her!

Here is a clip of that performance:

Diana Ross review The Hollywood Bowl

The entire night was a joyful loveliest, and Ross soaked it all up and more…her voice was dynamic, her mood was playful and upbeat, and as I said, she wowed us with multiple costume changes – as any great Diva would do!

LA Times review Diana Ross

The sold out crowd at The Hollywood Bowl was enthralled by the evening…such a great venue for performers…here is Ross performing “Love Hangover”:

Ross is one of the great singers of all time, and a great stage performer as well – her voice was strong, her energy level high – and it was terrific to see her live…

Chicago Stevie Wonder live

“Songs In The Key Of Stevie!”

I was also lucky enough to see the brilliant Stevie Wonder live, performing his entire “Songs In The Key Of Life” albums for us:

As you can hear on this clip from the concert, his voice was also flawless…see my entire review here:

https://johnrieber.com/2014/11/15/songs-in-the-key-of-life-stevie-wonders-masterpiece-live/

And back at The Bowl, I had the chance to see the 50th anniversary of The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl:

That live performance of “All You Need Is Love” ended this special evening – with some very interesting musical choices…read my review here:

https://johnrieber.com/2014/08/24/the-beatles-at-the-hollywood-bowl-amazing-50th-anniversary-celebration/

Let me know what your favorite Diana Ross outfit was!

Diana Ross at the Hollywood Bowl



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4 replies

  1. Great to see Diana live. And I am envious of a ‘box’ at the legendary Hollywood Bowl! It sounds like an amazing evening, although I was a little concerned at her strange appearance in the images. I suppose we are all getting old, so it’s only to be expected. One of my earliest 45 purchases was the record of the Supremes singing ‘Baby Love.’ I was 12 years old, and it seems like yesterday now!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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