Among a packed venue of enthused fans, singing sensation Diana Ross kicked off her Las Vegas residency at the Venetian with a grand entrance as she made her way from the back of the house, through the audience and to the stage singing “I’m Coming Out.” Shining like the star she is in a turquoise floor-length, sequined, three-piece gown, the diva brought the entire audience to their feet upon singing her first note.
With a backdrop of multi-colored light beams and video montages showcasing highlights of her decades-spanning career, Ross appeared to be in her ultimate comfort zone as she interacted with the audience and performed 90 minutes of some of her greatest hits. Asking the audience if they wanted to hear some classic “Motown Sound,” with a positive response from her onlookers, Ross went on to sing “My World Is Empty Without You,” “Come See About Me,” “Baby Love,” “Stop! In the Name of Love” as well as other fan favorites of that genre.
After performing “Love Child,” the diva slipped off the stage while her nine-member band and three backup singers carried out the tune with special instrumental and vocal solos before the star returned in an entirely new ensemble.
Now flaunting a neon green, floor-length feather coat with a dazzling, deep blue gown revealed underneath, Ross’ smooth vocals carried out more favorite tunes such as “Touch Me in the Morning,” “Endless Love” and “Upside Down.”
Looking around at the dancing crowd, it was perfectly clear that the selected blend of Ross’ slower and upbeat tunes created the perfect soundtrack for a palpable good time, and making it even more exciting was her third wardrobe change into a stunning red gown of the same variety.
Next venturing into a jazz and blues selection, Ross took a moment to spotlight her talented band by introducing each musician while they executed solos on the electric guitar, bass, bugle trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion, drums and two saxophones. When the applause began for the musicians, Ross momentarily disappeared once more only to reappear in a stunning yellow gown that glistened under the spotlight.
With the show almost coming to a close, Ross really amped up the crowd with songs like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Do You Know Where You’re Going To?” and perhaps best of all, “I Will Survive.”
At this point, everyone was up and grooving as the singer progressed through the infamous anthem of strength prompting the diva to recognize her devout fans and, in awe, give recognition to the fact that she was thankful for “so much fan love.”
Wrapping up the show with a highly demanded encore, Ross and her band returned to the stage and she asked, “What would you like to hear?”
The conclusion was “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” and while the entire audience swayed their arms back and forth in the intimate theater, the lucky concert goers in the front row reached to the stage where Ross embraced the hands of her eager fans.
With a career spanning more than five decades, the seasoned performer still has what it takes to give her fans the concert experience they want and, more importantly, she has the passion for performing that, in turn, immerses her entire audience in a full Diana Ross experience.