Thursday, May 30, 2024

Aretha Franklin Will Sing National Anthem at World Series on Monday


Superstar performer and Detroit native has a good reason to root for the Tigers in the World Series this weekend. If–let’s say when–the Tigers get to Game 5 on Monday, Franklin will sing “The Star Spangled Banner” at Tigers Stadium. (Er, Comerica Park.) Franklin, who did not record for Motown but for Atlantic Records in its heyday, has stayed true to her Detroit roots all these years. She still lives in her hometown, and is active in her father’s old church where he preached. Franklin probably would have sung at Game 3 or 4 but she’s back east this weekend performing at a couple of private shows. She doesn’t fly; she travels by luxury touring bus. So it takes a couple of days to motor home to Motown. So pray for the Tigers and set your DVRs–we’re going to get a rare chance on Monday to hear the Queen of Soul give Francis Scott Key a whirl.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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