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Too Hot for Queen of Soul

8/12/2007 10:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's getting hot in herrrre -- too hot for the Queen of Soul to perform! Citing temperatures in the 90s, Aretha Franklin called off a planned evening concert in at Detroit's DTE Energy Music Theater.

The 65-year-old soul sensation said she was "exhausted from the heat and cannot tolerate heat in these extremely high numbers and being in concert simultaneously."

R-E-S-P-E-C-T the heat!


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Motor City Rocks!!!!!!!
Hope the Queen of Soul feels better

2631 days ago


Lose some of your blubber. Whale on the beach!!!!

2631 days ago

the shadow    

Why is it that celebrities tend to wear ridiculous sunglasses like the ones she is wearing? Even when photographed at night they are still on their faces. Do they suffer some eye ailment that ordinanary folks don't? Judging by the cancellation, guess the place did not meet the temperature requirements from the lady.

2631 days ago


Aretha is in her sixties. Although her weight doesn't help older people and young children feel the effects of extreme heat and cold more than others. Give her a break.

2631 days ago

Mrs. Harvey Levin    

Why is she wearing ski goggles?

2631 days ago


If you plan a concert in August especially in Detroit you should know what the weather will be like. I live in Michigan too and I know how hot it is here. I feel sorry for the fans who were planning on attending. I would be upset.

2631 days ago


why would you want the queen to perform in the heat?? i dont even go out when its hot. give her a break. shes been there for us for years. hang on in there Queen of Soul

2631 days ago


R-ES-P-E-C-T the heat!


2631 days ago


#5/Sam: Mick Jagger is also in his 60s and that didn't stop him from performing here in Chicago when it was 32 degrees and raining. So you know what he did? He wore a coat! The problem is that Aretha feels compelled to cover every inch of herself due to morbid obesity -- THAT'S why she can't stand the heat.

I'm guessing the heat doesn't stop Mick or other 60-year-olds who actually EXERCISE ONCE IN AWHILE... Ms. Franklin would be able to withstand the heat (or cold) if she were a 60-year-old who actually EXERCISED ONCE IN AWHILE...

It is well-known that Aretha has a "fear" of flying -- she probably stopped flying when she started gaining weight and couldn't fit in the airplane seat.

2631 days ago


I don't blame her one bit. It's not just the heat but the humidity. It makes you feel as if you are breathing underwater. It makes it a lot tougher to just breath much less perform. She made a smart decision.

2631 days ago


Yes, harpy_lady... it's certainly a lot "tougher to BREATHE" (spell much?) when you have 50 LBS. OF FAT LAYING ON TOP OF YOUR CHEST...

If she "can't stand the heat" she should stop booking performances in Detroit in August!

2631 days ago

Sarah Silverman SUCKS!    

I live in Phoenix. I see people in their 70’s and 80’in the park every day walking and riding their age is no excuse.

The truth is she called in fat…. It is time to go on a diet and show some RESPECT for her body.

2631 days ago


I'm surprised that heat would be a problem. Doesn't Detroit have air conditioning??? Or maybe she has another problem and heat is the excuse!!!

2631 days ago


Yeah... she called in FAT! I LOVE IT!

2631 days ago


Now if 66% of Americans are FAT, that means 2/3 of the posters in here ARE FAT!

How many of you actually exercise?

That's what I thought!

Hyprocrites....shut up!

2631 days ago
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