Grapevine: Aretha cancels shows per doctor’s orders

In other celebrity news, Rev. Al Sharpton will join the 910AM lineup with his show ‘Keeping It Real,’ and a MI native will appear on new reality dating show ‘Love at First Flight.’

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
Aretha Franklin performed in June during the Detroit Music Weekend in downtown Detroit. The Queen of Soul has announced the cancellation of two shows due to doctor’s orders.

 Aretha Franklin cancels upcoming concerts

Aretha Franklin has canceled concerts in New Orleans and Newark after her doctor recommended she take a break from touring. A statement from her management said the Queen of Soul has been ordered by her doctor to say off the road for at least the next two months. The order forced her to cancel an appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 28 and her birthday performance at Newark’s New Jersey Performing Arts Center on March 25, which will be her 76th birthday.

‘Antiques Roadshow’ to film at Meadow Brook Hall

Meadow Brook Hall is about to be thrown into the spotlight — the “Antiques Roadshow” spotlight. On Monday, the hit PBS show made it official, announcing that its June 14 appraisal event in Rochester would be held at Meadow Brook Hall, the sprawling 88,000-square-foot former estate of auto heiress Matilda Dodge Wilson and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. Each stop on the show’s 23rd season will be held at notable sites. “Holding events at historic locations like Meadow Brook Hall adds a new depth to our show by filming appraisals in and around places that are treasures in their own right,” said “Roadshow” executive producer Marsha Bemko. “I can’t wait to see what finds we uncover in Rochester!” Approximately 3,000 tickets were given away in a random drawing for the June 14 event, and producers will film three episodes at each location. Meadow Brook will be the last stop of the 2018 season.

Al Sharpton joins 910AM lineup

The Rev. AlSharpton’s radio show, “Keeping it Real,” will join the lineup at 910AM Superstation. His show will be on 2-5 p.m. weekdays, starting March 26. “I’m excited about a big return to the Greater Detroit market,” Sharpton said in a news release. “It is especially important at this point in our nation’s history to reach everyone with correct information and a megaphone.”

New show ‘Love at First Flight’ features a Michigan native

A new reality dating show “Love at First Flight” debuts at 10 p.m. Tuesday night on the Lifetime network. The premise of the show is a couple meets and then is set off on a travel adventure together to see how things click. Michigan native Stephanie Johnson has been cast on the show. The Lansing State Journal reports that she’s a former Michigan State student and now lives in Dallas.

Compiled by Melody Baetens


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