Home Celebrity 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 began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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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