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Aretha Franklin, in top form, takes flight at Microsoft Theater

Aretha Franklin, in top form, takes flight at Microsoft Theater

Any Aretha Franklin performance in Los Angeles is a special occasion if only because her aversion to flying makes visits to the West Coast from her Detroit home relatively few and far between. Still, her performance at the Microsoft (formerly Nokia) Theater was exceptional on a number of fronts. Her voice was in top form Sunday, and Franklin looked more fit than she has in over a decade. Although she worked from the same basic set list she's been using elsewhere this year, Franklin diverged from it several times, resulting in a genuinely spontaneous evening from the Queen of Soul. The 73-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee sang about half a dozen numbers while also...

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