Scene & Heard Cancelled Concert Edition: Aretha Franklin & Beyonce

Aretha Franklin & Beyonce Image BET.com

Aretha Franklin & Beyonce both had to cancel concerts to due to health reasons. Beyonce's is fueled by pregnancy rumors.

Aretha was scheduled to perform in Chicago May 20th in Chicago and May 26th in Connecticut. Janelle Monae will take her place on May 20th.

Aside form health reasons, there has been no other reason given for the cancellations.

As for Beyonce, the concert cancellation in Belgium is said to be to "dehydration" and "exhaustion" and Beyonce's reps are waiting word from her doctor regarding letting her tour. The rumors have been rampant of Beyonce being pregnant since before her appearance at the Met last week where she wore a belt over her belly.-DocFB

Diagnosis: Belgium's are not too happy....


Stevie Wonder & Aretha Franklin To Perform At Whitney’s Funeral

Stevie Wonder & Aretha Franklin. Photo: GettyImages.com
Stevie Wonder & Aretha Franklin. Photo: GettyImages.com

Stevie Wonder & Aretha Franklin. Photo: GettyImages.com

Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin will perform at Whitney Houston's funeral on Saturday in New Jersey.

Whitney's costar in "The Bodyguard" Kevin Costner will be in attendance as well.  Oprah Winfrey has been invited but no one knows yet if she will be attending.

Although rumors are running rampant, there has been no cause of death for the 48-year-old singer.  The coroner's report has been sealed awaiting toxicology reports that will take 6-8 weeks.-DocFB


Michael Jackson Finally Laid To Rest

Michael Jackson wireimage.com
Michael Jackson wireimage.com

Michael Jackson wireimage.com

Michael Jackson is finally buried. After dying June 25th. Buried 70 days later. That's some bull right there, but now he is buried.

Let's see...a private viewing July 6th, then a memorial service of family and friends July 7th, then going to the public memorial July 7th at the Staple center and then the actual burial last night.

The burial last night was star studded with Elizabeth Taylor, Lisa Marie Presley,  Chris Tucker,  Macaulay Culkin and his girlfriend Mila Kulas. Performers included we are told Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Aretha Franklin.

Let me say this...I am glad he is buried. Finally. I don't understand the whole 5 limos and the big Italian restaurant in Pasadena after the burial service.  I am upset that it took so much time to get him buried. From infighting and other things. I understand time was needed for the autopsy but after that, it should have been taken care of, but it wasn't.  Was the family trying to milk Michael maybe thinking the press would not care about them anymore?

Give Jermaine time to try to put together tribute concerts that cost an arm and a leg? Give Latoya enough time to make a video? Give Joe more time to pimp his record label? Janet has been silent during all this but I would not be surprised in time she admits being upset by the way things were handled.

I am happy he is finally buried but upset at the not so classy way it was handled. The Jackson family really is something else.


Rock Legends Scheduled To Perform Hall Of Fame Concerts

Metallica File Photo
Metallica File Photo

Metallica File Photo

Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, U2, and other rock legends will come together for two concerts in October to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Concerts held on October 29th and 30th, 2009 at New York City's Madison Square Garden will trace the history of rock and roll, from soul to hard rock, will also feature Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin,  and Stevie Wonder.

Proceeds from the concerts will help raise money for a permanent endowment for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and Museum which was founded by Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.


Alicia Keys, Halle Berry, Michelle Obama & Tina Turner Grace Cover Of Ebony

Alicia Keys On The Cover Of Ebony.  Photo: EbonyJet.com
Alicia Keys On The Cover Of Ebony.  Photo: EbonyJet.com

Alicia Keys On The Cover Of Ebony. Photo: EbonyJet.com

The black woman comes in many beautiful shapes, styles, sizes, and obviously, color. Four of the most beautiful and strong black women are on the cover of Ebony magazine this summer. 

Alicia Keys, Halle Berry, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Tina Turner grace the cover of Ebony.

Halle Berry On Ebony Cover.  Photo: Ebonyjet.com

Halle Berry On Ebony Cover. Photo: Ebonyjet.com

For a list of all 25 black women who make us sit up and take notice,>>


Exclusive! Just Dance; Prince’s Grammy After-Jam With Whitney Houston

( We did get a review! This was sent in to us!)
o whatta nite!

We'd been hoping the rumors were true about a potential 77 afterjam Sunday nite. We got the word last minute: it's on!

As guests like Tyler Perry, Herbie Hancock and Jennifer Gordon (you'll know who she is real soon, trust us) mingled in the kitchen, we heard a few strums of an acoustic guitar around the corner in the ballroom. How cool is this -- a surprise acoustic set with Prince on guitar, Shelby J and Liv Warfield on vocals and tambourine and Frederic Yonnet on harmonica. They opened with "North Carolina," Shelby J.'s theme song. Inside track on this song is that Prince and Shelby are really taking their time about creating classic material before recording Shelby's debut CD. They've dabbled in the studio but after fleshing the tunes out in a live setting, the songs take on a life of their own. Expect big things from this project. The quartet stopped briefly to congratulate a newcomer to the party, Whitney Houston, on her triumphant return to the stage the previous night during the pre-Grammy Bash at the Beverly Hilton.

After a few down-home jams, Prince -- still strumming and singing --  led the procession downstairs to where the rest of the band was already set up in the basement.

Without dropping a beat the crew kicked into "Ol Skool Company" , a new song from the fourthcoming MPLSound CD This is gonna be 2009's "Days of Wild", people. Seriously, it's treacherous.
Let's pray Yonnet stays with this bunch because his virtuosity on the harmonica gives this band a mature sound that is somewhat lacking when Renato Neto isn't present. Sidenote: Marva King, we were told, is no longer with the band. She is bowing out to pursue solo endeavors. Liv Warfield gave her all and then some on the song "When Will We be Paid." Sounding like a younger version of Mavis Staples in her heyday (think Wattstax), this sister is a more than able replacement. Other highlights from the night included Anthony Hamilton lending his soul to the brew...at one point saying "Prince's karaoke night is the hardest. Me and Cee-lo still having nightmares 'bout the last time we were here." We love us some Ant...brother you can't do no wrong! 

"Bridge Over Troubled Water" (the Aretha Franklin arrangement, not Simon and Garfunkel although they wrote it) really got the crowd teary-eyed. Another point that should be mentioned is that hearing Prince rip through classic cover instrumentals like "Stratus" or "Frankenstein" is always gonna be a treat because they take on an otherworldliness that can only happen when dipped in purple. Boy must have gotten some new pedals or something because there were sounds coming from that guitar that sometimes turned into color. Sounds crazy but true.


The room filled up with faces familiar and not, groovin' to  "Crimson & Clover", "I'm Going Down" "Long Train Running" and "Kiss" Dance joint of the night tho was "Hollywood Swinging." They just couldn't stop that sucka, no matter how hard they tried. Everyone -- the servers, DJ Rashida , the security, even the housekeepers -- YES everybody was dancing!  Nobody outdanced The Twinz' mother tho, who, dressed in white, was auditioning for her daughters' vacated spot.

It seemed like one big family, everyone chill,  having fun regardless of background, age, gender, race, social status. None of that mattered. It felt a lot like any Prince concert -- music is the bond that unites us all. Being in a room of totally satisfied people cannot b overstated. It's utter bliss. Try it sometime. Invite your favorite people over and put on some of your favorite music and just dance. Don't even think about it, just dance. Like Holly Robinson, Sanaa Lathan, Chris Tucker, Bria Valente, and her handsome and gracious father, Tyler and Whitney did...just dance.


Wow.  Sounds amazing.  Only thing missing is me....and 5,000 of my friends!   Thanks to the no-name reporter who sent this in.-DR.FB

Aretha’s Hat Headed for Smithsonian?

Aretha Franklin, Inauguration, AP

Aretha Franklin, Inauguration, AP

Well now, who is really surprised that the Smithsonian Institution would request to add The Hat to its collection? It's only the best hat EVER! I don't know about you, but when I think of great artifacts of American History, that hat is the first thing I'd name off the top of my head <rimshot>. 

Aretha Franklin's hat, designed by millinery genius Luke Song, will join Michelle Obama's gown and other pieces of inaugural fashion at the renowned institution. That is, if the Queen of Soul can bear to part with it. "I am considering it," she says. "It would be hard to part with my chapeau since it was such a crowning moment in history." Indeed. - Dr. FC