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Aretha Franklin: Another Triangle show is off

Aretha Franklin has cancelled or postponed five shows in the area since 2005.
Aretha Franklin has cancelled or postponed five shows in the area since 2005. Getty Images

Aretha Franklin, who has a history of calling off shows in the Triangle, has postponed yet another one -- this time citing the weather.

The Queen of Soul was scheduled to play a sold-out show at Durham Performing Arts Center on Thursday. DPAC management says that ticket-buyers should hold onto their tickets for now until a rescheduled date is announced. For more information, see dpacnc.com.

Franklin postponed Thursday’s show with a press release citing winter weather -- even though Winter Storm Jonas was ending well in advance of Thursday’s date; the worst of the snowfall happened hundreds of miles north of the Triangle; and Franklin’s bus route from Detroit to Durham would not have taken her through the most-affected areas.

The complete statement, which the News & Observer received by email from Franklin’s management at 11:18 p.m. Saturday, is below. This is the fifth time since 2005 that Franklin has canceled or postponed Triangle shows (at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre and UNC-Chapel Hill) after they went on sale. She did perform at DPAC in 2012.



Detroit-Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has rescheduled her Durham, North Carolina concert because of the dangers of driving during the blizzard on the East Coast.

The singer,who lives in Detroit and does not fly, was prepared to travel to Durham on her tour bus.

The singer is rescheduling the concert because of the inclement weather. The media has emphasized the dangers of traveling right now and reported a 45-car pileup and a school bus stuck on the highway for 16 hours. Washington, D.C. has declared a state of emergency.

“Driving is dangerous at this time,” Franklin stated. “It is dangerous to be on the road. The weather is unpredictable.”

Franklin has selected a rescheduled date for the concert. “I was looking forward to being there next week with my fans, but unfortunately Mother Nature had a different idea. I look forward to seeing my fans real soon.”

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi