Aretha Franklin Going To Coney Island

Aretha Franklin is making up for the two Brooklyn, N.Y., shows she canceled last year by performing a free show at Coney Island tonight.

The Queen of Soul was forced to call off the shows after she fell and fractured two ribs. The singer continued canceling individual shows for health reasons until November when her doctor ordered her to cancel all scheduled tour dates through May 2011. She ended the year by undergoing surgery for an undisclosed illness.

Aretha kept her word and returned to the stage in May, having since played a handful of dates. She says she’s “thankful for the great health I enjoy,” according to the New York Daily News.

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Tonight’s free show, which takes place on W. 21st St. and Surf Ave, is expected to start at 8 p.m. and last for 90 minutes. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz told the newspaper that he expects a crowd of more than 10,000 to attend the performance.

Aretha promised that fans wouldn’t be disappointed by the setlist.

“I’m looking for a great audience,” Franklin said, according to the New York Daily News. “They will get to hear everything they came to hear – all of the hits.”

In addition to her classic tunes, the singer also plans to perform tracks from her latest album, A Woman Falling Out Of Love.
Click here for the New York Daily News story.