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Diana Ross Review, Glastonbury 2022: Seventies throwbacks to a beloved pop icon

Come back Paul McCartney’s voice, all is forgiven. In the grand parade of sixties hitmakers this weekend, Diana Ross’s pipes are definitely the rustier. “There’s great power in determination,” she wisely shares, speaking of her struggles to make her Thank You Tour and this Legends slot gig a reality, but also her great epiglottal burden.

The Queen of Motown might emerge from the scenes in a burst of bubbles to a fanfare of “I’m Coming Out” — she looks like she’s materialized straight from a dimension populated by glamorous snowflake people — but sometimes, in For the next 75 minutes, she sounds like she’s doing disco karaoke after four hard nights at Shangri-La. “Chain Reaction” in particular is flatter than a landslide hitting Ian Brown’s house.

The effect is a set that’s both a 100,000-strong support group and celebratory sing-alongs. It’s still a magical thrill to be in the presence of a pop icon so preternaturally famous and universally loved, and Glastonbury’s permed crowds aren’t letting them get away without a fight. They help carry their initial rush of Supremes hits – “Baby Love,” “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “You Can’t Hurry Love” – ​​which are thrown away early like a Legends slot death wish. They’ll even do so on Ross’ abortive attempt to start a sing-along coda to the mellow soul ballad ‘I’m Still Waiting’. The star and her songs get all the love; The performance itself is secondary.

Until Ross commits Cardinal Legends’ slot sin and pocket their new album Thanks too heavy for the waking wallets at home. “Tomorrow” is lively disco fare and the title track is a wonderful throwback to their seventies disco-soul period, but the last thing we’re here for is a sales pitch, no matter how sweet. The tropical modern pop of “If the World Just Danced” suggests that all our problems could be solved with a powerful conga. Probably at Club ExxonMobile.

It takes an exclamation of “I feel 47!” from there, halfway through a fabulous “Upside Down,” which saw front-row security perform their usual dance routine, and their country-pop moment, “Ease on Down.” the Road” by Dolly Parton to stem the backlash despite a frankly horrifying “Why Do Fools Fall.” It’s a shame Ross feels songs like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and ” I Will Survive” are her absolute showstoppers, tracks she’s had hits with but doesn’t quite own. “I Will Survive” even crosses over into “Billie Jean” and DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win.” But now sings the crowd to themselves and is just happy to have such an adorable ringleader.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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