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A NEW CHRISTMAS TRADITION?


One thing we know for sure about Darlene Love is that this year she won’t be continuing a nearly 30-year-old tradition. From 1986 until last year, the renowned vocalist performed her number one holiday classic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on the final episode before Christmas of The Late Show With David Letterman each year.


With Letterman retiring this past May, that tradition has come to an end, and there’s no word yet whether new host Stephen Colbert has invited her to come back.


Perhaps Love is starting a new tradition.


The singer who first gained prominence in the 1960s was in St. Catharines in 2013, when she performed at Centre for the Arts, Brock University as part of her first-ever solo tour of Canada. And this November, she returns to the city, this time downtown as the momentous first HOT TICKET presentation at Partridge Hall in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.


If Love’s name isn’t immediately recognizable, her voice – powerful and searing – is. She’s been described as the most famous backup singer in the world and has performed with a veritable who’s who of A-list talent, including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Cher, Stevie Wonder, Bono and Aretha Franklin.


Love also had a string of hits working with eccentric music producer Phil Spector, including “Da Doo Ron Ron,” her No. 1 hit, “He’s a Rebel”, and “(Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry”.


Fans can expect to hear those ‘60s classics when she takes to the stage on Nov. 28, but as the show takes place in the run up to Christmas, they can also expect some holiday classics.


While these days it seems every artist releases a Christmas album, that was not the case when Love was featured on Spector’s only holiday-themed release, 1963’s A Christmas Gift to You From Phil Spector. Prior to that, singers would only release Christmas singles.


Rediscovered in the Oscar and GRAMMY®-Award winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom, Love continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her sensational performances and warm, gracious stage presence.


Love, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, has a busy schedule. Her latest project is with E Street Band guitarist Stevie Van Zandt and features Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Linda Perry, Joan Jett and more.


In August 2014, the Oprah Winfrey Network announced a new movie in production about her life, with Love being played by Toni Braxton.


- Mike Zettel NiagaraThisWeek.ca


Darlene Love Partridge Hall ALL TICKETS: $62


7:30PM Sat 28 Nov 33 CENTRESTAGE


Darlene Loe


“Darlene Love’s thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton’s guitar or Bob Dylan’s lyrics.”


- New York Times


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