May 06   Birmingham.     - NEC.  
May 08   Nottingham.     - Arena Nottingham.   
It was a great show in Birmingham. Diana did 3 songs from the CD "I Love You", the songs "More Today Than Yesterday", "What About Love" and "I Love You".

Diana told the audience she wasn't sure about doing them and if her voice could manage it, but she did it well. "Diana had the 10,000 crowd eating out of her hand, and it was like a mass disco hall with everyone dancing" as Graham said who attend the concert.

The concert was 1 hour and 45 minutes. The audience had a great time. The Supremes songs was in full version. Diana sang "The Best Years Of  My Life" Diana cried while she singing "The Best Years Of My Life" as she sure knew that everyone of the 10.000 loved her and as encore because the people wouldn't go home. She did also sing "I'm Still Waiting" that a big hit was in the UK.

May 06    Birmingham, UK.        - NEC.
                                         
May 08    Nottingham, UK.         - Arena Nottingham.  
                                         
May 09    London, UK.               - Wembley Arena.       
                                         
May 11    Dublin, Ireland.          - The Point Dublin.     
                                            
May 16    Newcastle, UK.            - Metro Radio Arena.          
                                      
May 17    Glasgow, Sctotland.     - SECC.        
                                      
May 19    Rotterdam, Holland.    - The Ahoy.
                                     
May 20    Brussels, Belgium.       - The Forest National. 
                                          
May 21    Paris, France.              - Palais des Sports. 

July 27    Monte Carlo, Monaco.  - Sporting Club.                                       
I went to see DIANA on sunday at birmingham it was fantastic.

I was lucky enough to have front row tickets and gave DIANA a red rose, she held my hand and we blew kisses to each other what a feeling.

The show was like being a party and when she did "The Best Years Of My Life" at the end, well she did meant every word and that's what DIANA has given me.
                                                   
John Edwards (UK)
-You can see me giving her the rose.

(click on the thumbs)
I'm Coming Out
Chain Reaction

Where Did Our Love Go
Baby Love
Stop! In The Name Of Love
You Can't Hurry Love
My World Is Empty Without You

Ease On Down The Road
Don't Explain
Fine and Mellow

I'm Still Waiting
The Boss
It's My House

Love Child
Love Hangover

Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Do You Know Where You’re Going To
Ain't No Mountain High Enough

What About Love
More Today Than Yesterday
I Love You (That's All That Really Matters)

I Will Survive

Best Years Of My Life
Diana was in form and from the start as she put it she wanted to have "fun here". She even had some fun with the arena security telling them "why are you taking the peoples camera's away? I'm happy for my picture to be taken..but I'm not happy with my hair style tonight"!

The arena was sold out 8,ooo seats & she was 'pitch' perfect throughout the 1 hour 45 minutes show. As per Birmingham she sang 3 tracks from the CD "I Love You", the title track, "More Than Yesterday" and "What About Love". She remarked that her brother Chico's son " is so cute when he sings along to I Love You" Diana did sing "Endless Love" (she not sing this in Birmingham) but no "Best Years"... and she also did "Chain Reaction" and "I'm Still Waiting". 
May 09   London.            - Wembley Arena.   
Just back from Wembley! What a night....a fantastic show....on of the best! Diana was just so happy and on great form....perfect! I took a friend who had never seen Diana live before and he was amazed! The highlight for me was "The Boss"....pure joy! I am smiling still and just feel so happy to have been there on such a great night!

                                                  ROSS IS THE BOSS!!!

                                                          Andrew Roland.


With thanks for the pictures to Tony Walters, here with the english "Miss Ross" Deanna Keene.
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Diana scored again . A sell out gig 10,000 people. She was given lots of flowers & made a point at the end of the show in collecting them all together which was appreciative to those that had taken them to the show. The first fan to pass her a red rose wanted to kiss her but she explained " I can't get bend down there"! The set list was the same as previous nights. ...here's to 2009, Diana's 50th year in the music business. I wonder what she has planned for us?!

Joe UK
I just got back from Wembley. it was a GREAT night! For me the highlights were " What about love" which she performed flawlessly seating on a stool, plus "Fine and Mellow" and "Don't Explain". Her body was to live for! Pictures do not do her justice, that's for sure. The setlist was basically the same as the othe UK shows apart from the fact that she did "Endless Love", not sure she has done it anywhere else on ths tour.

It was nice to see Carol, Ian & Tina, I met Andreas, Carolin & Graham for the first time. Andreas, Carolin & I sat on the second row of the front block (right had side), they were very good seats apart from the first 10 minutes when we had the media in front of us, all in all we can't complain.

She did plug the ILY album and spoke about it for a while, she then introduced Fred and Valerie and said Fred wrote the title track. She mentioned dianaross.com. She acknowledged some of the fans in front who she has seen at several venues over the years.

It was interesting to see the ILY album on sale at Wembley, not sure if this was the case at other venues, they also had the usual stuff like t-shirts and shopping bag, etc.

Steve

I’m Coming Out
Chain Reaction

My World Is Empty Without You
Where Did Our Love Go
Baby Love
Stop! In The Name of Love
You Can’t Hurry Love

Touch Me In The Morning
Love Hangover

The Boss
It’s My House
Love Child

Diana was fantastic at Wembley this evening....
I had a brilliant time and Diana sure did too! 

I can't wait for Dublin on Friday and Rotterdam
next week...Diana will be rockin' Ahoy!


Best wishes...

Friend to friend...

Andrew  Rowland

What About Love
I’m Still Waiting
Upside Down
Ease On Down The Road
Fine And Mellow
Don’t Explain
Why Do Fools Fall In Love

More Today Than Yesterday
Endless Love
Do You Know Where You’re Going To
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
I Will Survive
I Love You

I Will Survive Reprise
Great show and great to have her back on our shores she is always so appreciated here.
Joe endora  (UK)
Pictures with thanks to Pete Scotney.
Reviews concert.
May 11   Dublin.            - The Point Dublin.   
Well...? what more can A PROUD DIANA ROSS FAN say...? she's had the not-so-Diana-Ross-fans (i.e. entertainment reporters & live music critics) say it ALL already...and over & over & over again.

THE WOMAN IS BAAADDD!! you just can't believe so much blessing is outpouring from this soul...and she's asking you for it right back...and it's such a 2-way street as most of you know.  She played 2 HOURS STRAIGHT folks...2 HOURS and missed nary a beat! 

The audience ATE HER UP...just could not believe she was there like that...the only frills being GLAMOUROUS GOWNS!  Her face...FLAWLESS!  Even the most endearing "critics" amongst us...(me being one of them...) who had to be honest about some dental work after IN THE ACTORS STUDIO...

DRESS SEQUENCE:


1) Opening red with red cloud wrap.

2) Yellow/gold clingy (touched up along the neckline & sleeves with new silver trim) with yellow big bird coat.

3) White Johnny Carson "When You Tell Me" gown with white cloud wrap.

4) Black shimmery with sheer neckline + sleeves + black feather-lined long coat.

Songs not part of U.S.A shows:

Chain Reaction
I'm Still Waiting
What Above Love
More Today Than Yesterday
Endless Love
The Best Years Of My Life

I'm SO IMPRESSED at her stamina!  AMAZING!!  And here I am...half her age and beat at this hour  more thoughts after my dreams tonight...tomorrow!

SHE'S ABSOLUTELY THE BEST / From our USA reporter Bernard Polard who started his Europe tour to see Miss Ross.
She was unbelievable !!! She sang about 1  hour and 50 minutes and she sounded excellent. This woman is still amazing after touring for about 1 month!!! A lot of energy !!!

She did "Good Morning Heartache" instead of "Don't Explain" and at the end she asked what song we want to hear... She got a letter with "Best Years Of My Life" and she sang it. She sang 3 songs from the new CD !!!

To the last 3 songs the audience was allowed to move to the stage. We were allready in the front row so we moved to stage. She took our flowers and was really happy. It seemed that she liked it very much, having the audience so close.

From Carolin / Germany.
Elvis and Diana
sign at the Point
Pictures from Wembley (by Jim Saphin)
"I Love You"     EUROPE TOUR 2007.    "I Love You"
Wow what a night, Diana proved last night that she is really reigns Supreme, a few minutes short of two hours, Dublin and Diana hold each other very dear, she could have just stood there for I’m still waiting as 6,000 people just sang it to her, what a amazing interaction between Diana and the crowd.

No photo’s were allowed, except on mobiles, so much so that she herself asked “where’s my cell phone”,. I heard that she was not going to sing "Best Years Of My Life", so I printed it on a note and held it up. At the end of the show she pointed to me and said " this lady wants to hear" Best Years Of My Life". She took the note from my hand and held it up, then turned to Kevin and said, “let's do it” and she laughed and said, “this is going to be a very long night”, the adoration between Diana and the fans was beautiful.

Her voice was at it's best, and she had a issue with the sound on "Do You Know Where You Going To", but overcame that in true professional and then she just let it rip, one of the best concerts I have seen her, she just enjoyed herself so much, as did 6,000 people.  "I Love You" and talking.

Brenda Daly.
Another great show....Diana was in fine form and voice despite a few technical problems with the sound towards the end of the show which she apologised for.
I was a bit disappointed that we could not get up and dance...the crowd were very appreciative but more reserved than Wembley....so I was amazed when we were allowed up to the stage for the closing numbers....even Diana was a bit shocked and said 'so we're getting up close now!' Diana was really able to connect with her fans and brought another show to a brilliant climax!

Andrew Roland (with thanks to the picture!)
SWEEPING from the wings in a lurid pink ballgown and chiffon wrap, Diana Ross  reminds us that, after five decades in the game, she knows how to make an entrance. Legs hidden beneath billows of skirt, Ross floats across the stage like a day-glo Dalek, shoulder-length perm bouncing in her wake. She's barely warbled a note yet already the audience has tumbled into a gleeful swoon.

Not everyone, you suspect, is cheering Ross for the same reason. To some, she's an ironic pin-up, the ultimate cheesy icon. Many, however, are utterly earnest in their admiration. For these people, Diana Ross is anything but a hokey punchline.


She's the original soul sister, a survivor who has endured 40 years of music industry vicissitudes, not to mention the friendship of Michael Jackson.

Which fanbase is Ross playing to this evening? It's hard to say. Unquestionably, she's happy to ham it up. Arms aloft, she starts by belting out 'I'm Coming Out', arguably the only song that has failed to achieve the status of gay anthem on account of being too over the top.

Yet there's nothing tongue-in-cheek about her medley of Supremes hits. Nobody, after all, could dispute the soulful punch of 'Stop! In The Name of Love' or 'Baby Love'. Sadly, her post-Supremes material has not weathered so well. These days, 'Chain Reaction' feels plastic and hokey, no matter that Ross delivers it with fervour. She serves her voice better tackling Billy Holiday classics 'Fine and Mellow' and 'Don't Explain'.

Singing in a dusky croon, Ross shows that, before becoming a kitsch bauble, she was the first lady of soul. Tonight she reclaims her crown.
First lady of soul reasserts her Sixties supremacy

May 14   Monte Carlo.            - Monaco private show 
SETLIST

I'm coming out
Chain reaction
Where did our love go
Baby love
Stop in the name of love
You can't hurry love
Touch me in the morning
Why do fools fall in love

Costume change
(White dress with white coat)

The Boss
Fine & mellow
Upside down
Endless love
Do you know / Ain't no mountain

Costume change
(Black dress with black feathered coat)
I will survive
encore : I will survive


The Gala dinner proved a perfect, if somewhat surreal, break in this successful conference. The spectacular arrangement offered top-class food from the Salle Des Etiolles Summer Sporting Club, free flowing champagne, and musical entertainment from Diana Ross, who looked spectacular in a continually changing wardrobe of red, black and white dresses with matching feather boas. The electric atmosphere gave executives the perfect chance to unwind, reflect on the business opportunities of the last day and discuss the potential of the next in an environment of laughter and excitement. With a classic rendition of 'Ain't no mountain high enough,' and an encore of 'I will survive', Ms Ross dazzled the crowd for over an hour and a half with non-stop enthusiasm, and in a magnificent finale, the ballroom's roof-top opened to reveal a firework extravaganza! After this fantastic event, the night continued below at Jimmy'z night club, where the 70s-style dance floor proved the perfect opportunity for many executives to dance the night away.
May 16   Newcastle, UK.              - Metro Radio Arena.  
May 17   Glasgow, Scotland.      - SECC.    
Show is a Di-light

The Evening Chronicle
By Yvonne Freeborn

There is little doubt how much Diana Ross's fans love her. This was my fourth time seeing the singing legend live, that figure in itself revealing just what I think of the entertainer. But while on the previous occasions the American has `reached out and touched' her adoring masses, at last night's gig at the Metro Radio Arena she remained somewhat distant. Part of the problem was there were no big screens.

Was that for vanity reasons on the part of Ms Ross who, it has to be said, looks as stunning as she did 20 years
ago  (or seemed to, as we never got any close-ups of her)?  Whatever  the reason,  there  were a few  disgruntled
fans  in  the audience. My family travelled  up from  Doncaster to watch Diana with me and, while we enjoyed the
performance, at times the atmosphere plummeted.

Not on the part of the fans, though. Diana made special mention of how much we joined in the singing, and the fact a huge section of the audience was made up of people young enough to be her grandchildren. "How do you know all these songs?" she joked with us. The answer, of course, is that they are, in the main, pure out and out classics.

Ms Ross, of course, was resplendent in a succession of colourful gowns, almost as big as that hair which engulfed her face. The I Love You concert got off to a slow start, although she began with a gorgeous version of her trademark  "I'm Coming Out". It was the oldies that lifted the show from any doldrums it was about to hit. Many of the Supremes hits had the crowd on their feet, singing, dancing, clapping. But there were some glaring omissions from what I suspect many of us expected.

Where, for instance, was "Chain Reaction", the song that rejuvenated her career in the mid 80s and became a worldwide chart-topper? Where, too, was "When You Tell Me That You Love Me '? For a show called I Love You , this should have been a must. 'Reach Out And Touch '? Not a chance, but maybe that's because this was not an in-the-round show in which Diana is famed for going into the audience.

When she first played the arena just over 10 years ago, it was to two sell-out shows. This time some empty seats were a very revealing sign.
Perhaps there are just too many shows for people in the North East to choose from these days.

That said, we were witnessing an icon, a diva who, even when not giving the sort of show we have come to expect in the past, is still head, shoulders and big hair above the majority of today's pop pretenders. "I Will Survive" was an undoubted highlight and a it will be a fitting epitaph for Diana Ross should she ever decide to call it a day.

Personally I'd like to see her one more time and see her back to her old form, and with big screens so we can enjoy her in all her glory.



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Backstage Wembley, May 6th. 
Who are these people? These pictures are taken backstage at Wembley.

The lady with the red shirt is as I see one of the daughters of Arne, Katinka.


A true legend swept into Glasgow last night as devastating diva Diana Ross delighted a packed SECC.

As 1980 disco hit I'm Coming Out sent the expectant crowd into delirium, the star appeared in a show-
stopping red sequinned dress, with a plunging cleavage and hugely extravagant frilly boa.

This was the first of four mind-boggling costumes displayed in a night that played back like a greatest
hits compilation. "Stop! In The Name of Love"

Classic numbers such as "Chain Reaction" "I'm Still Waiting" and "Baby Love" turned the huge venue into an ecstatic mass karaoke.

The world-renowned motown songstress sashayed around the stage with a ceaseless energy that belied her 63 years; in four inch high platform shoes she shook and shimmied all through the evening. "Don't Explain"

It is not only her stunning figure however, that seems unaffected by a career that spans fully five decades, as her voice is an awesome and versatile instrument that filled every nook of the barn-like SECC without missing a note.

As thrilled fans laid flowers at her feet she sizzled with a charisma and energy that can only
emanate from one of the most famous entertainers ever to grace a stage. "The Boss"

A  diverse  audience  lapped up  every  second,  with the aisles filled with gyrating grannies,
singing schoolgirls, as well as the former Supremes singer's huge gay following.

Yet as she finished with a storming rendition of Gloria Gaynor's 1978 classic "I Will Survive",
it was obvious the diva has truly withstood the test of time.


Fans enjoy a Supreme night.
May 19   Rotterdam, Holland.      - The Ahoy.
Pictures made by fans with thanks to Cees, Helen, Annie and  Hilda.
pictures by Jim Hoogendorp
Hi Jim,
It sure was a great night and a great concert. It was obvious that the Rotterdam concerts are always special to her, as she mentioned in detail in her ILY speech, talking about her early days with Motown and how it was brought to Holland and her special rapport with the audience here. Wonderful to see her accepting your gift of scrapbooks of you onstage. The Dutch Diana Ross (Marco) was acknowledged very nicely by her, and thank you, too, for playing the part you do as a center of Diana Ross fans from the world over, these days.

Hans Dekker.

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Given it had only been ten days since her spectacular show at Wembley Arena, I felt quite spoiled to see her again at Ahoy, Rotterdam yesterday night. What made yesterday extra special was that I had gone to the Ahoy venue in the afternoon around 3 pm. I wanted to taste the atmosphere at the side entrance along with the other fans who had arrived early, and see what surprises might lay in store for us.

It was very nice to catch up with Andreas, Carolin, Andrew, Glenn and his mom, comparing notes on Wembley, previous concerts, favourite songs and special memories. To hear Frans de Beer describe a bit about the Dutch fanclub's history gave an extra nostalgic touch to this place. While Carolin seemed to have someone posted outside the Westin hotel in the city, a bus had taken off from the Ahoy parking lot, and was soon reported to have picked up the band members at the Westin. No sign of Diana though. Some said she had only just taken off from Heathrow, London, some said she was already in Rotterdam as well, but would arrive separately by car.

Shortly after Andrew and Angelo from Greece had arrived at Ahoy, the bus returned and we had the privilege of seeing the band members get off and saying hi to them. When Jim and Ron arrived, it took about twenty minutes till security men placed gates on both sides of the stage doors, and then a silver Mercedes drove up and entered the side entrance with quite a speed. The doors opened and it went straight in... some fans were really disappointed. I had enjoyed the excitement at least of being there together and talking to some fellow fans I hadn't met before.










The get-together at the Ahoy cafe made me think of the heartwarming experience fans had written about who met after the New York show at the Therapy bar. Very nice to catch up with Bernard again, meeting Vasco at last, listening to Jim who was showing photo-albums of Diana. It felt like a sort of holiday or family reunion. Whether fans reunited or met for the first time, it had a very comfortable atmosphere about it.










When entering the arena a little past 7 pm, it was nice to see the room fill with people. I noticed the whole second ring had been closed by black curtains. Even though the rest of the arena, ground floor plus first ring, were as good as full, it made me feel a bit sad to see those curtains. I missed that familiar, spaceous view of a crowded arena.

















The show started precisely at 8 pm. Diana came out looking super-gorgeous, fit and happy. While she was bringing us in the mood with "Chain Reaction", many people were still pouring into the arena. The chaotic scene in the aisles tempted many people to leave their seats and come forward, clinging to sidepath seats and shoving cellphones in front of my face. This was quite annoying and distracting, and security guards had their hands full trying to lead them back to their seats. This repeated itself from time to time throughout the show, which made me wonder if this was a usual annoyance when you're seated near the pathway? Apart from that, the show was magnificent. Diana was in topshape, putting on an unforgettable show.





























Her  `I Love You'-speech had a special Dutch touch to it. She spoke in memory of Pete Felleman and em-
phasized how important The Netherlands had been for launching her career.

While the reprise of "I Will Survive" closed the evening, it was nice to see Diana picking up all the gifts Jim
had laid out on the stage for her.  With her arms full she left.....and came back to assemble all the flowers
which lay on the piano.

Many  fans gathered in the Ahoy cafe again afterwards, which added another special touch to this evening.
Today my head is dazing with flashes of last night and a sad feeling it's over.

I want to thank all the fellow fans who were there yesterday and who made the
whole experience unforgettable .

Niels

Jim & Andreas
pictures
Jim Hoogendorp

Dutch Diana Ross
pictures
Jim Hoogendorp
While she had sung "What About Love' seated next to the piano at Wembley, she remained standing this time.

She did the Billie Holiday segment in her `When-You-Tell-Me-dress', beautiful nevertheless. And after her final costume change into the black gown and feathered coat, she came up singing "Endless Love".

Watching the footage of that on youtube now makes me feel sentimental. She sang it beautifully, and the score this time sounded more like back in the early eighties than ever.
  picture Jim Hoogendorp
Dutch Diana in the spits
May 20 Brussels, Belgium.      - The Forest National.
I just got back from Diana's concert in Brussels and what can I say.... She was great!

She brought the audience to their feet from the opening of "I'm coming out" which is very rare that an artist can do such a thing here in Belgium! Most of the time the Belgian audiences are more reserved but this time they opened up from the very first song.

Her show was exactly the same as in Rotterdam but included the song "Missing you" towards the end. As you all know that song is dedicated to Marvin Gaye and Diana saw Marvin for the last time alive here in Belgium. She used some footage of that moment in the "Missing you" video.

After Missing you she talked about her new cd "I love you" which includes the song "I want you". She told us that it was recorded by Marvin Gaye and written by her brother T-Boy Ross. Then she said that T-Boy also has passed on....  paused and added "what drugs can do to you.... and asked us to take care of ourselfs and leave drugs for what they are!"

Then she did "I love you" which was very touching following the speach she just gave.


I love you!

Patrick Ibens/
Belgium.
As Diana brings her "I Love You" Tour to a close in Paris this evening she can return to the U.S....hang up her platformed heeled shoes...and bask in the glory of a triumphant tour on both sides of the Atlantic....proving without any doubt that ROSS IS THE BOSS!!!

Once again Diana has shown that she is the original DIVA...a true STAR...captivating each audience with her amazing performances!

While weaving her magical web across Europe I was fortunate enough to see Diana perform at Birmingham, Wembley, in Dublin and finally at Ahoy on Saturday.

It was my first time at Ahoy...and Rotterdam too....and it was a wonderful experience! Diana was magnificant again but what made the day even more special was meeting up with other Diana Ross fans....all with their own special stories and experiences to share!

Carolin and Andreas were there of course....their dedication is amazing...Niels who I had sat next to at the Wembley concert....his earlier posting captures the mood of the day perfectly....Glen and his mum...three concerts three bouquets of flowers and three special Diana moments for him to remember.....Andreas from Greece....I had never met him before but recognised him from the photograph in the Fan Club magazine taken with Diana at Ahoy in 1997....I enjoyed our chat after the concert very much....Bernard of course representing the U.S....but most special of all was finally meeting Jim and thanking him personally for all that he does for all Diana Ross fans all over the world which was born out by the United Nations of Ross fans in the front rows at Ahoy!

It was great to see Jim being acknowledged by Diana at the end of the show when he gave her his
photo album.  I was lucky  enough to see  the album  before the show while we were having drinks
and it was so interesting to hear Jim talk about Diana's  previous visits to the Netherlands from the
Supremes days to the present. Thank you Jim!!

We will all have our own special memories from this tour....for me the Wembley show rates as one of my top three Diana Ross concerts ever and The Boss the top song....Birmingham was special as we got a wave and goodbye as Diana left after the show for the airport.... being front row in Dublin and getting 'up close' at the end of the concert and handing Diana a card was fantastic.....and finally my first time at Ahoy and meeting other fans in the Ross family....wonderful! Finally...thank you Diana...for the music, love and happiness you bring into all our lives!

Andrew Rowland.
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fans at the Ahoy

Mercedes drove up
pictures made by fans.
pictures made by fans.
May 21  Paris, France.      - Palais des Sports.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          



























Pictures EPA France
It was my first time attending a Diana Ross concert, as part of her "I Love You" Tour.                              "Touch Me In The Morning"

8.30pm, right on time, Miss Ross began her gig with "I'm Coming Out". For the next 45 minutes, she wouldn't stop pouring her old hits. None of them were missing: "Baby Love", "The Boss", "You Can't Hurry Love", "Upside Down" making me wonder what would be left for the end of the show.                                  "Love Child"

Girl had more hits under her campy gown than I had actually remember, and the following 30 minutes had a mixture of her current album and older hits "Ain't Mountain High Enough", the theme from Mahogony, "Stop!", "Love Hangover".

Miss Ross changed her outfit four times, barely thanked and talked to the crowd but it still was very hot and the audience was wild everytime she came back.                            "It's My House"

For the last part of the show, she sang her killer ballad "Endless Love" and for the encore, she reprised one of the gayest song -and one I hate above all- "I Will Survive". I have to admit that, though I can't stand that tune anymore, Ross' take on it was smart enough to not fall into the cheap category.

I'm happy to have witness her show, and I must say Diana Ross is mesmerizing and has enough hits to fill a 95 minutes show without a boring part.


Miss Ross saved the best for last! Only kidding, I saw her at Wembley, The Point, Brussels also and enjoyed them all but OMG Paris!!

The audience were so beautiful and on their feet most of the way through. She changed the setlist slightly and added "I Cried For You" but didn't do ILY. She surprised us by opening the show in that AMAZING Bob Mackie yellow ball gown that so many fans want to see closeup!

The show was technically soldout, the ticket office did very good business on the day. We went there hoping to get better tickets but no joy. They had a few (definitely under 50 available) to sell on the day. There were so many fans in their early 20s there singing along to all the songs.Diana certainly reaaches all demographics.

Brussels the night before was just as spectacular, although the venue wasn't soldout (3/4 gone, maybe about 5-6 thousand there) it appreared full apart from seats at the sides high up in the tiers. Those fans were MAD! They were up all through the show and came from the back to get close to the stage. Once again another surprise which was "MISSING YOU", I would have paid money just for that because of what she said before singing it.

She spoke from the heart. Both audiences show her so much love she was so overwhelmed. At both these concerts the fans were allowed to come to the edge of the stage towards the end of the concert. Andreas and Carolin were lucky enough to get another moment with Miss Ross, Carolin was able to sing "I Will Survive", Diana was passing the mic round to people at the stage edge. Andreas shook her hand!

To the next tour!!! I can't wait. Steve/ UK.

SETLIST


Red dress
Take Me Higher intro
I’m Coming Out
Chain Reaction
My World Is Empty Without You
Where Did Our Love Go
Baby Love
Stop! In The Name of Love
You Can’t Hurry Love

Yellow dress with feathercoat .
Touch Me In The Morning
Love Hangover
The Boss
It’s My House
Love Child
What About Love
I’m Still Waiting
Upside Down
Ease On Down The Road

White dress
Fine And Mellow
Don’t Explain
Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Black dress with boa.
Endless Love
Do You Know where you going to
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
I Will Survive
I Love You
I Will Survive Reprise

The concert started at 20.00 and ended at 21.45, 1 Hour and 45 minutes.
The fans wanted more but the show was over.

Normally, in the past shows, there was a break halfway the concert, but the time was almost the same, because this time Diana Ross was singing non-stop. People talked about the show was too short, but they enjoyed it very much.

I had a photo pass so I was able to make pictures during the first three songs. After these songs I had to bring my camera outside. I was not allowed to take pictures from the rest of the concert. That was good because that way I was able to concentrate myself fully on the show. When I walked out of the arena with the security man to bring my camera outside I walked in the front at the stage. I waved to Diana and she reacted on me with a sign of recognition and she waved back to me and smiled. At the end of the concert I gave Diana a photobook and some DVD's (But she thought I wanted them signed, so she wanted to give them back....I said "no, it's for you"!!) ....see video on this page!!

She looked fantastic and  it was nice to have her back, here in The Netherlands.


SETLIST BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Take Me Higher (intro)
I'm Coming Out
Chain Reaction
My World Is Empty
Where Did Our Love Go
Baby Love
Stop In The Name Of Love
You Can't Hurry Love
Touch Me In The Morning
Love Hangover

The Boss
It's My House 1
It's My House 2
Love Child
What About Love
I'm Still Waiting
Upside Down
Ease On Down The Road

Fine and Mellow
Don't Explain
Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Endless Love
Do You Know Where You Going To
Ain't Know Mountain High Enough
I Will Survive

Missing You, dedicated to Marvin Gaye
I Love You
I Will Survive (reprise)

SETLIST PARIS, FRANCE

Take Me Higher (intro)
I'm Coming Out
My World Is Empty
Where Did Our Love Go
Baby Love
Stop In The Name Of Love
You Can't Hurry Love
Touch Me In The Morning
Love Hangover


The Boss
It's My House
Love Child
What About Love
More Today Than Yesterday
Upside Down
Ease On Down The Road

Fine and Mellow
Don't Explain
I Cried For You
Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Endless Love
Do You Know Where You Going To
Ain't Know Mountain High Enough
I Will Survive
I Will survive
Bal de la Croix Rouge Monegasque
(Red Cross Gala Ball)

Raul Midon
Diana Ross
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Miss Ross performance May 19th at the Ahoy, Rotterdam,The Netherlands.

What can I say?? We were around 16.30 at the Ahoy and saw many fans were standing at The Ahoy waiting for Miss Ross. Miss Ross arrived around 17.00 in a silver mercedes with blinded windows. There were a lot of fans who brought CD's and pictures in the hope she would sign them just as she did in 2004. But the car drove immediately into the garage from the Ahoy. (see Europe Tour 2007)

We went to the Ahoy Café with some fans to talk and meet each other. Some we've never seen in real life, but we knew each other from the old ROSS magazine and the internet groups.

There were are a lot of fans coming from other countries. From the U.S.A, Bernard from L.A nice to see him again! From the U.K, Andrew Roland and Glen Stevens with his mom (guys nice to speak and to see you both) And Andreas, Carolin,Uli, Maria, Sebastian, Alberto, Franz and Michael from Germany, Patrick Ibens, a very nice guy from Belgium, Miguel Silva from Portugal, Giacomo,Bruno, Francesco (Bruno thanks for the DVD's, speak to you soon) from Italy, Angelo and Andreas from Greece you are such a kind person, always caring for me, thanks!! 

Many Dutch ROSS friends Thea, Frans,Hans H, Hans D,Bart,Michael van Gooi; nice to meet you, Michael Pieplenbosch (you always think of me with sending pictures and files), Helen, Quint I could only wave to you, Ron, Steve, Rick, Jaap, Niels, Henk, Kees, John, Walther & Hasan a long time friend,Angelique van den Burg sorry for forgotten you after so many years, Esther van der Hel thanks for saying hello, the girls Annie & Hilda you both are so sweet being around Ron & me. My other Girl "The Dutch Diana Ross" you are the best and it was so nice that Diana played with you at the concert, so funny how she reacted on you and your dress. Gonny, Rietje, Rina, Janine, Jolanda, dad and mom (Ron's parents) nice to have you with us.

So many people who came to me to thank me, during the evening, outside The Ahoy, at the concert, before and after the show in the Ahoy Café. Sorry I could not talk to everyone. I wished I could split myself in hundred pieces to give you more attention and speak longer with you!! For all the others I forgot....nice to meet you!! I hope you had a wonderful evening just as we did.

The concert was great!! We enjoyed ourselves very much.
I was lucky to have permission to take pictures with the Dutch press during the first 3 songs, here are some pictures I have made,more will follow!!
More from the concert !!
pictures by Jim Hoogendorp
WE WERE COMING OUT IN AHOY, ROTTERDAM!!
FAN - MEETING.