The legendary Aretha Franklin comes to the Colosseum for a special one-night-only performance.
It takes a rare combination of monumental talent and potent originality for a performer to achieve single-name status, but among the first and most deserving to earn that honor is Aretha—aka the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Since beginning her career six decades ago as a teenage gospel singer, the 73-year-old has charted 100 singles, won 18 Grammy Awards, and been ranked number one on Rolling Stone’s list of the Greatest Singers of All Time. And if that weren’t impressive enough, Franklin is also the recipient of America’s highest civilian award: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
So it’s not surprising that her one-night-only show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace is among summer’s most anticipated events. In addition to timeless hits like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Chain of Fools,” Franklin will perform tracks from her latest album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics. Produced by industry giants Clive Davis, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and Andre “Andre 3000” Benjamin, among others, the songs range from Adele’s fiery “Rolling in the Deep” to the Gloria Gaynor disco anthem “I Will Survive.” “I’m very happy with everything on this project,” Franklin says. “Working with Mr. Davis again—well, there’s nothing like it. He’s not just another chieftain; he cares.”
Franklin is also looking forward to introducing some of these seminal tunes to a new audience. “[Clive and I] both agreed that there was a whole new generation who may never have heard the original recordings,” she says. “I’m truly having a lot of fun.” August 14 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. For tickets, call 866-320-9763 or visit thecolosseum.com.