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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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Oh good one you are so tied-down and so miserable    

With her money she can afford to have all that heavy fat cushion suctioned out
and a stomach ring put in.
why carry around pounds of heavy fat.

2628 days ago


why has she got a tinted window shield on her face.someone should check there front car window.

2628 days ago


It been told years ago that if it not cold on her she want perform. See it got something to do with her voice. And we should remember the Queen of Soul was performing when white set in the front and blacks in the back. Say she jump hurler to get to us. So she should be able to miss out on her concert. And yes, she scare of flying and this been from child hood. So let be happy to still have an icon around. You know some of us want be here tomorrow.
Let try to get to Heaven

2628 days ago


Aretha is rich, why doesn't she hire a personal trainer to help her lose weight and get healthy? This just doesn't make any damn sense.

2628 days ago

Cory Roberson    

Anyone who complains about her is foolish. Older people are really sensitive to heat. Don't you hear about all the elderly who die during heat waves. She knows her limits. Perfectly normal, and absolutely acceptable celebrity or not.

You have NO grounds to hate on her. Absolutely no grounds.

2628 days ago


She is TOO FAT...that is why she is so hot...Geez, if her face gets any bigger she is going to pop!

2628 days ago


Aretha is just too heavy to perform in the heat. The amount of sweat she'd give off during a performance would short out the mic and she'd flood the first rows with dripping persperation. Yikes!
It would be like attending a Galleger performance where he whacked a watermelon -- hand out slickers to the first rows. Nuff said.

2628 days ago

Ortrud Jones    

Fat heats up fast. Try Jennie Craig, cow!

2628 days ago

What military are you in, #15?    

They do make vapor coolers, which work quite well; and I'm sure there would have been plenty of cold drinks to douse her giant self with... It's just like her to book an August event, and then not expect the summer heat... Dork. She isn't that good now anyway. Glad people won't have to pay to hear her sing all her old junk.

2627 days ago


Hey dumb-asses! I live in Detroit, and she was to perform at the D.T.E, and I can tell you that any skinny person would have passed out from the heat. We have had unusually humid weather here, and there is no air-conditioning at the D.T.E, it all out in the open. So lay off the weight issues, the heat was a legit-factor in this case.

2627 days ago


DTE is outdoors, #14 Gus, She needs to retire. Aretha performed at the casino in Midland Mi. and left after like 4 songs then too. And that was indoors. Also about 5 years ago. She can't handle it anymore, and her ego has gotten out of control!

2627 days ago


My parents are in their 80's, are still active, and tolerate the heat just fine. Ms. Franklin is a fabulous talent and we'd like to enjoy her singing for years to come. We all know she needs to lose weight both for her health and her comfort; she's just too heavy. Until she loses weight, she should not be booking summer concerts in cities like Detroit.

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