Diana Ross Durham cricket ground 29 June 2022

DIANA TIX - CopyWell this was a strange one. Diana Ross is, of course, an icon, a diva and someone I have never been lucky enough to see in the past. So I was greatly looking forward to seeing her perform at Durham County Cricket club ground which is a few miles away from my home, at Chester-le-Street. So a group of us: me, carer Elaine, Jan and Elaine’s daughter Sophie went along to experience Ms Ross. It had been raining during the day but by the time we arrived it was warm and dry, although the plastic seats were soaking wet!DIANA1
When I say was a strange concert, it was not what most people expected. Diana came onstage just before 9 PM and announced that she was going to perform the show in her “Uggs” (a reference to her Ugg boots, I guess). She was wearing a tartan lumberjack coat; none of the usual diva glitzy costumes. She opened the set with “Chain Reaction” and then launched straight into a collection of 1960s Supremes classics: “Baby Love”; “Stop! In the Name of Love” (everyone holding their hand up in a Stop position; you know what I mean); “You Can’t Hurry Love” and (my particular favourite) “Love Child”. DIANA2All sung perfectly; Diana’s voice was really strong and she was clearly enjoying herself. For some reason she had decided to miss out all the glitz, strip back the show to its basics and deliver what, for me, was the authentic Diana: just as I remembered her on Top of the Pops when I was a kid. Wonderful! These are treasured “melt down” moments.
It took me back 50 years to when I saw David Bowie on the Ziggy Stardust tour at Sunderland Top Rank. For some unexplained reason he decided not to wear Ziggy make up or gear, came onstage in a pair of Levi’s, T-shirt and leather jacket and belted out a collection of his own songs, Velvet Underground tunes and other classics from the 1960s. Many people went home disappointed that night; I knew I had seen something special and treasure that performance to this day. This was the same: a special evening with an international star, 78 years old, looking and sounding great.
Diana continued with “Theme from Mahogany”, a great cover of “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” and “Ease on down the Road”. Then a couple of songs from her new album DIANA PROGThank You and closing song (of course) “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. Then she waved to the crowd, walked off stage leaving her excellent band and vocalists to close the show. She was onstage for just over an hour. No encore (which is apparently usually “I Will Survive”), just some great music on a nice evening with everyone singing along.
Now a lot of people were apparently disappointed, and I understand why. However for me I felt privileged to witness a concert by a true star, just having fun and singing a few songs for us. The stars from the 1960s seem to go on forever; more power to their elbow. I think we may never see their like again. Thank you Ms Ross for a great show.

7 responses to this post.

  1. £69 for an hour! Wow.


  2. Posted by Les on July 3, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    Thanks for this Peter. It is very strange to see her dressed like this in your photo, but £69 is a bargain compared to £170 per ticket at the Hydro, Glasgow for 90 mins…ish. Worth the effort though to see this icon on good seats we hardly used…and we got the full glitz also! Everyone went dance crazy for this true professional, but I don’t think I would repeat the experience.


    • Posted by vintagerock on July 4, 2022 at 11:48 am

      Thanks Les. As I said in my review; we may never again see the likes of Diana Ross, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and many of the 60s stars still performing. We have grown up (or at least I have) with some of the greatest stars ever. Happy days Peter


  3. Posted by Peter Maggiore on July 3, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    Hi Pete. Really pleased you enjoyed it. You are, however the only one I have spoken to who has said anything positive in reviewing the event. Everybody to their own I suppose but if it was anything like her Glasto performance (no voice, no passion, no close up shots by the cameramen, and to top it all at The Riverside no wardrobe!) I think you might have had a Guinness too many! Having said that, an honest review of your evening I suppose. Take care mate, Pete


    • Posted by vintagerock on July 4, 2022 at 11:36 am

      I guess it depends on your expectations Pete. All I can say is I honestly thought she was fantastic. And the crowd, although maybe disappointed at the lack of an encore and no costume changes, all sang along throughout the evening and seemed to be really enjoying themselves. I was just knocked out seeing a legend perform some of my favourite 1960s songs. Happy days Peter


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