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Legendary Diana Ross Entertains At Chastain Friday Night

One of the most successful and iconic female singers of all time, Diana Ross wowed a near sellout crowd Friday night at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Since the beginning of her career with The Supremes and as a solo artist, Ross has sold more than 100 million records. In 1976, Billboard magazine named her the “Female Entertainer of the Century.” She received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her 1972 role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues, for which she won a Golden Globe award. She has won awards at the American Music Awards, garnered twelve Grammy Award nominations, and won a Tony Award for her one-woman show, An Evening with Diana Ross, in 1977.

Check out the 10-photo online gallery: Diana Ross entertains Chastain  and review. Kindly tell us about what you saw. How did it compare to other Diana Ross performances?”

(Photo Credit: Robb Cohen/ www.robbsphotos.com)  For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit for Atlanta Concert Photography Galleries. by Atlanta Photographer Robb Cohen www.RobbsPhotos.com)

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Knew1

June 5th, 2010
7:55 am

That minute is your problem…lol

GERALD EUBANKS

June 5th, 2010
7:58 am

I ONLY WISH THAT I HAD SEEN HER PERFORMANCE. FRANKLY, I WISH THAT SHE WOULD TOUR MORE EXTENSIVELY. THOSE WERE/ARE THE GOOD OLE DAYS.

ron

June 5th, 2010
8:18 am

i knew she was coming to ATL but i forgot the date,what a talented,lovely,beautiful woman.

Darby McBride

June 5th, 2010
8:35 am

Diana reigned supreme at Chastain last night. The big voice, the big band, the big hair, the big hits, and that amazing wardrobe. After all these years, Miss Ross still has what it takes to put on a fabulous show.

martha

June 5th, 2010
8:37 am

and just why wasn’t the ajc there to cover the diana ross concert? we have an entertainment section of the “paper” don’t we? well get people out there to cover the better concerts that come to our city — did i miss the coverage of that great james taylor/carole king concert? and i don’t mean an article about them coming to town — i mean coverage of the concert

MaryA

June 5th, 2010
8:51 am

I attended the performance in Atlanta at Chastain Park. I had a seat at the front of the stage. Ms. Ross, “The Diva”, performed very well. A great musical performance and a fashion show. Ms. Ross looks and sounds absolutely fabulous. I a m estatic that I was able to see her!!!!!!!!

Big Daddy G

June 5th, 2010
8:57 am

Consummate Professional. A top notch show from one of the best entertainers on the planet!
She still command the stage and wows her audience. Just a fantastic performance. The Atlanta crowd was very enthusiastic, interactive, and adoring to”The Diva” ;and she loved it. The talented musicians, voices, and technical crew made for a great and enjoyable evening. We certainly got our money’s worth. She made us feel as if this was a special show just for Atlanta and that no other group in the world matters. You go Diva!! Thanks for visiting.

E

June 5th, 2010
8:58 am

My sentiments exactly “Martha.” A living legend comes to town for a concert and the AJC doesn’t cover it? However, we are constantly updated in the entertainment section about “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Classy takes a backseat to idiots in the AJC.
But anyway, the concert was amazing. Ross’ voice is amazing and she looked amazing with about five costume changes. I spotted Mo’Nique and Dallas Austin in the crowd.

scott

June 5th, 2010
9:02 am

just think if all black women in and out of the entertainment business act like this classy, sophisticated beautiful lady key word lady instead of emulating a pole striper or a hood rat think about where they woud be…diana ross you wrote the book on class…this woman should be a role model for all women but especially black women…not beyonce..I LOVE YOU MS ROSS YOUR STILL THE BOSS

Big Daddy G

June 5th, 2010
9:05 am

Tavis Smiley, Emanuel Lewis (Webster) and many other celebs were drawn to Atlanta’s Chastian to hear the voice and see the legend perform

cynthia knight

June 5th, 2010
9:10 am

Heck . . . now that hard copies of ATL Journal are no longer delivered to Middle Georgia its hard to know when good entertainers/performers are coming to ATL. Believe it or not, we still have money to spend and this trip would have been well worth it!

E

June 5th, 2010
9:14 am

Dear “Scott,”

Your comment appears to be part admiration, part racist. Black women do not have ownership on being strippers or “hood rats.” Ross is an individual and does not represent every black woman in America. With white ex-husbands that she has had children with and fans of all races across the country, Ross can be role model for girls and women of all races.

Dr. D

June 5th, 2010
9:50 am

Incredible performer and performance! Absolutely a wonderful show! Ms. Ross looked and sounded fantastic! With 18 number one hits to chose from, she sang full length numbers from her days with the Supremes including Stop in the Name of Love, You Can’t Hurry Love and Love Child. She changed gowns and then turned up the heat with some of her classic dance numbers including “I’m Coming Out” and “Upside Down”. Incredibly powerful versions of “Theme from Mahogany” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” brought everyone to their feet. She had several encores including a tribute to Michael Jackson and Reach Out and Touch, her first recording as a solo artist. The gowns are outstanding, the voice even better! It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the gold gown she wore during “I Will Survive” was spectacular. The orchestra and back-up singis were superb!

Atlanta hosted one of America’s true legendary performers last night and she reigned supreme!

Among those in attendance last night were her youngest son Evan and Monique.

GaCracker

June 5th, 2010
9:51 am

I think she is SO overrated. Imagine casting her in “Lady Sings the Blues” as the GREAT Billie Holliday – now Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lena Horne were the TALENTED black female vocalists!!!

Mike R

June 5th, 2010
9:56 am

The band fifteen strong along with three back up singers were perfectly matched with Diana’s “supreme” performance. Six wardrobe changes with beautiful gowns ranging from blank and white to a sparkling gold wowed everyone. Songs ranged from the early Supremes to the Wiz with a special tribute to Michael Jackson. Initially it was disappointing to see her leave the stage after an hour, but two encores later with an additional 45 minutes of singing left you satisfied, but still wanting more. The evening could have gone on for four or five more hours and you would still want more from this amazing performer. A true professional. A true icon. A true lady.

TJ

June 5th, 2010
9:57 am

GaCracker……….You are just a complete idiot. Go find something useful to do like hate one someone else you don’t know.

jl

June 5th, 2010
10:11 am

GaCracker.. well you are a cracker alright. Cracked on a pipe.
I guess the fact that she won every award for the movie..and got an Oscar nomination which my dear is a big big big deal..especially for black women. She will be in history forever. Frankly,tho i love holiday and Horne and Ella..none of them create the excitment of diana. I did see Lena perform and Frankly…overrated. Did not stir up what Diana does…worldwide adoration.
Crackers is cracked

Hal Davis

June 5th, 2010
10:16 am

That will be the concert show to beat, for best show of the year!, if not in the last ten years. Incredible evening in Atlanta.

Joe Navarro

June 5th, 2010
11:06 am

Wow, wow, wow, how I wish she would bring down her show to mexico city, beleive it or not she has a huge following here and with the Michael Jacksn tribute she would fill the house with her presence.

Come to mexico Ms. Ross!!!

JD

June 5th, 2010
11:06 am

Thank you ‘E’ for your response to Scott. Just keepin’ it real!

Slim Jim

June 5th, 2010
11:14 am

Man what she been eating? Look like she have fried chicken, pork chops, and gravy as between meal snack. Now give me Beyonce anytime or anyplace. Too bad she done married Joe Camel. He must have a lot of money or a big “you know what” cause he shore is one ugly brotha.

smrogers

June 5th, 2010
11:59 am

Diana Ross defintely had the house last night at Chastain Park. When she sung It’s My House and I live here well what more can we say. Her performance was fantastic. I had great seats and the celebs were in attendance. Monique, Dallas Austin her son Evan and then our local celes include C.T. Martin, Bishop Eddie Long, Shirley Franklin. Loved every minute of the show ending with the song Reach Out and Touch Somebody Hand

Stephan

June 5th, 2010
12:06 pm

Sounds like another great performance on this tour. The bootleg YouTube videos show her to be in really good voice, she looks great(The images make her look “thicker” than she really is.) and she’s showing everyone, especially the younger “artists” and their-as some of the earlier posts prove- incredibly ignorant and profoundly rude “fans”, what it’s like to see a truly professional entertainer perform and hold a sold-out crowd of nearly 7,000 in the palm of one’s hand for nearly two hours.
Not an easy feat, to be sure, but, it sure looks really easy when you know what you’re doing.
Diana Ross knows what she’s doing.:)

pj

June 5th, 2010
2:52 pm

What a fantastic concert! I’m still brimming with excitement from last night’s show. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years ago since Diana Ross last performed here (June 22, 2000 at the Phillips Area) I wish she come here more often. Diana please come back to Atlanta real soon.

JR Barnett

June 5th, 2010
3:37 pm

I LOVE Diana Ross. As a gay fan, Diana Ross is the only thing in common I have with my dad. We both Love Diana Ross. I listen on my I POD when I’m at the gym or jogging in the park.

blkshepherd

June 5th, 2010
5:47 pm

When she pulled one very LUCKY fan on stage I turned Greener than one of the gowns she wore with envy..I SO wish that was me. I was Stunned when she sang My world is empty with out you(My all time favorite by her with the Supremes that I first heard back in 1965 i was a 9yr old boy in love with a 21yr old diana ross) because it was not on her current tour playlist..I felt like she sang it jus for me because I so prayed that she did. i was NOT disappointed..i was in so much of an awe I see things on youtube I must have missed at the show..It was Amazing. and that Voice. the same one I feel in love with back in 1964 when I was 8yrs old is still so very very strong and pretty..Is Hard for me to say and Missing you tugged at my heart. Those people close to the stage were VERY VERY lucky to get to shake hands and give ms ross flowers.i would have almost fainted if she gave me a hug like she did the guy on stage dancing which by the way was hoofing and cuttin quite a lil step.LOL..he was having the dance of his life with his idol.the one and only Diana Ross! I will cherish the moment Just being there. I was too far away for her to see me (M-59 center terreace) but I surely did my share of waving both arms in the air. LOL..its possible the last song she wave at me as I was waving like a man trying to Flag down an airplane!. Suddenly I was a child of the 60s again..and this lady who i first saw on Ed Sullivan show..was singing just to me again..diana Please dont stay away so long (10yrs) I want to see you in at least 2yrs wild you still got it..and last night You proved YOU still are SUPREME! an that Voice and body..those gowns! the band..what else can I say except YOU just HAD tO be THERE!

blkshepherd

June 5th, 2010
5:51 pm

Please forgive the mis spells I am still HIGH from the ROSS Fever that she casted on ATLANTA..It was funny when she mentioned ” ..I know you guys are hot sitting there because its Hot of here! LoL..i love her human side..

MissAG

June 5th, 2010
5:51 pm

AMAZING…. That is the only word i can come up with to describe THE BOSS. I loved EVERY MINUTE of the performance. My friends and I sang our hearts out and She left it all out there on the stage. I wish I could have that experience EVERY DAY of my life.

Her hair, the outfits, her voice… ALL ON POINT. And it is true the celebs and the wanna-be celebs were out to see LADY DIANA! First person spotted Diana Ross’ Son. Next, Former Mayor Shirley Franklin. Then RHWOA’s DWIGHT was enjoying a good Cigar while enjoying Ms Ross. Eddie Long and his bad hair do was there, BLESS HIS HEART! But what took the cake was when MONIQUE walked in. The crowd erupted. A standing ovation from MANY of the concert attendees. and after the show, Monique proved to be a real, classy, sincere LADY. She listened to her fans and waited patiently while she was photographed over and over again.

All I can say is This was a GREAT NIGHT… KUDUS to THE DIVA!

George

June 5th, 2010
6:50 pm

My partner and I attended the concert last night (I was the 40+ obviously gay man with the silver sequined shirt on – thanks for the compliments!). Miss Ross was spectacular in every way. I was amazed by her performance and rapport with the audience. She is a truly class act. As a child of the 70’s I was most mesmorized by her hits from that era (Touch Me In The Morning, Do You Know Where You’re Going To, I’m Coming Out) and was so thrilled that she did such a great job with all her hits. Her voice was amazing and her dresses sublime (I’ve seen Cher twice and Miss Ross gives her a run for the money in that department). She has obviously taken excellent care of herself all these years and it shows in a completely fabulous and 5 star performance. You are The Boss Miss Ross and I love you.

martha

June 5th, 2010
7:40 pm

well i see there is a review article on the ross concert — i guess i must have looked for it too early in the day and in the future will wait later in the day to be so critical –

colette

June 5th, 2010
7:42 pm

I have not come down from my high from Diana Ross! She is so fly! I love her since I was a little girl!
It has been said that I change clothes between acts like the Diva herself! Ever penny spend on the concert was well spent! I want to see her again. It took her to long to change to a new outfit! I was like its time for her famous custom change. I love everything she changed into! What a Diva! She has shown many of us how to be true Divas! Love You Diana! Much success with the tour!

RickR

June 5th, 2010
8:04 pm

WOW WOW WOW….I CANNOT WAIT……SEEING HER NEXT SATURDAY…THE LAST DAY OF HER TOUR…..GLAD YOU ALL HAD FUN…THAT WAS HER INTENTION!

MLOVE

June 5th, 2010
9:15 pm

i love the tour show i saw it here in chicago and after all these year DIANA PROVE’S THAT SHE IS STILL THE BOSS MISS ROSS**WITH ALL THE BEAUTIFUL GOWN’S AND CHANGE’S THE SHOW WAS A HUGE SUCCESS,AND EVEN FROM MY BALCONY SEAT I STILL GOT THE BEST OF THE WHOLE SHOW I LOVED EVERY MINUTE AND I WILL NEVER FORGET IT****MLOVE

BLN

June 5th, 2010
9:28 pm

I thought twice about going to the show but then I decided not to go after her RUDE performance in Jamaica. She was booed for turning off the screen monitors leaving hundreds of people unable to see her. Jamaican’s and myself traveled from the US to see her performance in Beautiful Jamiaca. I was fortunate enough to see her because I was in the front of the venue but the booing made it hard to enjoy. She did’nt give a reason why she chose to turn 4-5 monitors off. I was a fan but not anymore.

Jamel J

June 5th, 2010
9:30 pm

A true class act this lady is the Best and the Boss all who attended the Atlanta show got a class act the lady is absolutely Tops
WHAT A SHOW !!!!

Patricia

June 5th, 2010
11:05 pm

I was unable to attend the concert, but I have spotted my girl in the crowd. Shout out to Diana and Dana you look marvelous!

SRB

June 6th, 2010
2:09 am

I’ve seen pictures of Diana Ross with no make up and she is one unattractive woman!! I mean that gal is really a dog without the fancy clothes, hair and make up!

Billy "Ross"

June 6th, 2010
10:18 am

The sentiments on this board giving Miss Ross her props are RIGHTLY AND JUSTLY DESERVED!!!!Had the glorious pleasure of seeing the TRUE DIVA in New York at Radio City Music Hall…AND SHE TORE THE PLACE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The outpouring of love and affection from us was only matched by the professionalism,warmth,sexiness,class,elegance and talent that only she….AND NO ONE ELSE…will ever come close to.They may try,they may wish…but,i’m sorry..the book is closed.No need to apply.This legendary entertainer is 66 years old still giving us beauty,glamour and divadom that I first fell in love with over 46+ years ago.I’m so glad that Atlanta had the opportunity to see why I fell in love with this woman when I was 13,and,why I madly and unequivocally still love this woman t the age of 61.
Some reviewers ask “where has she been?”But any true Fan knows she never left.To that small percentage of reviewers asking……may I throw it back at you and ask..”WHERE HAVE Y’ALL BEEN?Keep taking our breath away Miss Ross.DIVA:D.I.A.N.A. R.O.S.S.

Michael

June 6th, 2010
10:24 am

I really wanted to see Miss Ross here in Maryland, but on that same night, I saw your hometown diva- Gladys Knight. She delivered on every song. One of the pips, Merald also gave a grant dance number and Gladys still delivered with greit poise and a great voice. Enjoy these talents while they last, Beyonce/Rihanna even Brandy/Monica have nothing on these greats!

Sandi

June 6th, 2010
2:28 pm

I have seen Diana throughout her career. I went to high school with her at Cass Tech. So, I remember her from the earliest of times. Diana has never been better! She is more than supreme, she is nothing short of superb! The show offered her full range of songs and was worth far more than the cost of the ticket. Diana was, and still is, the classiest act ever to come from Motown! She is still beautiful and her costumes were awesome. I am so proud of her!

Alan T in London

June 6th, 2010
2:40 pm

Every review I’ve seen for this short tour is full of admiration, praise and compliments. Diana Ross is a global superstar and icon, she is adored everywhere worldwide, even places that don’t usually care for black performers. Here in the UK, she’s on a par with Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Elvis etc. Oh, and BLN, who would want to go to Jamaica and get murdered by some drug dealer? I’m surprised she even went there.

bob

June 6th, 2010
3:44 pm

flew in from Portland, OR to see Miss Ross…no humidity, no heat, could keep me from going with friends to see the original DIVA. We were on our feet from the moment she came out, through the 2 encores. The crowd was in love. Everytime she came back to the stage with a different oufit they went wild. It’s two days later and I still have ‘afterglow’ :-)

chris

June 6th, 2010
4:38 pm

I was the fan called up on stage by Diana Ross to dance with her to “Upside Down”… It was awesome! If anyone has a photo of it… I would love to have a copy! You can reach me at chris@imagesalon.net.

PM in NYC

June 6th, 2010
7:38 pm

I saw Diana Ross in NYC at Radio City Music Hall about two weeks ago, and still have a love hangover. It was a legendary night. Love flowed all around. Although, the audience was on their feet and singing along for much of the time, I especially enjoyed the audience singing along to every word of her signature song (one of them, anyway) “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. It was a great give and take. Everyone knew every heartbeat to that song. Come back soon, Ms. Ross…we still love you and always will.

blkshepherd

June 7th, 2010
9:58 am

Chris your a lucky lucky lucky fan. Not only did you get to dance but you got a Hug from the one and only diana ross in person..even if you dont get a picture I know you will remember that dance and hug the rest of your natural life. I am still high from the show. which have some great clips on the internet..sorry diana but Youtube only gives you more fans and those who Missed you in person..Now they WANT to see you more than ever live, after viewing your fantastic performances on Youtube. Youtube is Great for promoting and artist. especially underrated artists like diana ross.

Melissa

June 7th, 2010
12:10 pm

Chris, let me be the first to say that I hate you! Just kidding! You were the luckiest guy in the park that night.

I have loved Diana since I first saw her HBO concert at Caesar’s Palace. I couldn’t have been more than 3 when that came out and I had never seen anything so beautiful; tt is one of my earliest memories. She was all hair and feathers, sequins and glitter, and fur! My mom tells me that whenever Diana “left the TV” (the concert ended), I was inconsolable for hours. And then when she did the concert in 1983 in NYC, I was wowed all over again. She performed partly in the pouring down rain, so as to not disappoint her fans. My dad searched everywhere for that video for me because at 6, I was completely in love (we found a BetaMax version that I wore out).

I waited my whole life to see Diana in person and Friday night was just incredible. I was so happy that she was late, because we had a family emergency and I figured I would have missed half the show by the time I arrived. But I got there 15 minutes “early”! I knew I would cry when I finally saw her, and cry I did. Such a vision, and she sounded great. Everytime she left the stage to change into another spectacular dress, I missed her, but I knew the next outfit would be better than the last. When she came out in the gold dress, I was so tickled I couldn’t stop laughing. And the strange thing was, even though she was so larger than life, it was so intimate. The whole crowd was so engaged, and that’s saying something for Chastain.

Diana, you have made this girl so happy. How I love you and I miss you already!!

mark

June 7th, 2010
1:20 pm

I have loved Diana for 30+ years. Have seen her in concert numerous times and this latest tour is by far one of her best. She looked and sounded incredible

Carolyn Satcher

June 7th, 2010
4:17 pm

Dianna Ross was fantastic. I’ve never seen her in person and I’ve always wanted to. I loved her with the Supremes and she is still one of the most beautiful and top queen’s of soul. At her age she still looks like she did in the 1960’s. I wished she would have sang a couple more Supreme songs, like “Come see about me,” and “You can’t hurry love.” But it was fantastic anyway. I really appreciate the fact that she has dedicated this tour to her late friend, the late Michael Jackson whom we will never forget. I definitely appreciate the way she sings mostly from the center of the stage so that everyone could see and hear her. My husband and I had a fantastic time and will go back again if she comes back. I wished the AJC would have pictured all of the gowns she wore on Friday, especially the dark pink Cinderella like gown and the gold one. I got a chance to see but not meet her son, Evan. I was just a few feet from his table. I appreciate the way he stood up on almost every song and clapped his hands while his mother sing. I also got a chance to meet MONIQUE. She was quite nice and told her how much I loved the TV series The Parkers and congratulations on her Oscar. I would love to see it back on TV. Diana keep singing with that beautiful voice and I’ll keep listening.

A fan, Carolyn

michael funk

June 7th, 2010
9:08 pm

i am the supreme diana ross fan she is one of my true icons always will be no wrong can she do in my eyes the concert was a little slice of heaven on earth!!!!! ms. ross is more glamourous and beautiful than ever her voice is crystal clear and like a waterfall from heaven . Her show at chastain was absolutely first class they dont make women like her any more. being with her her friday nite was the utlimate for me and a dream come true Every gown and every song got a standing ovation from me and almost everyone else Our darling diana please come back to atlanta we love you here Thank you enriching my life and you are truly an american treasure and truly regal and royal.
thank you again for being so gracious and kind to your fans!!!!!

your devoted fan,
mkf

Paul

June 8th, 2010
9:12 am

I have seen Diana Ross in concert about five times and she really knows how to put on a great show. One of the truly greatist of stars.