Legendary singer Diana Ross is not going to let a little thing like a car accident get in her way of performing for her fans. The former Supreme’s limo was involved in a crash Wednesday afternoon after an SUV ran a stop sign and hit her limo.
Ross was in the city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and being chauffeured in a limousine to her Wednesday night show at the Sands Bethelhem Event Center when the crash occurred, as reported by Lehigh Valley Live. An Acura SUV struck Ross’ Lincoln Town Car limousine after running through a stop sign and then crashed into a fire hydrant.
The Acura SUV driver is 22-year-old Jane Mousseau of Maplewood, New Jersey. The Lehigh University student was not injured, but she was given a traffic citation for not stopping at a stop sign.
Diana Ross, 72, reportedly suffered from neck and head injuries, and paramedics checked Ross at the scene of the accident. Eventually, Ross decided to not to seek treatment at the local hospital and said that she would seek further care on her own, according to police chief Mark DiLuzio.
Afterwards, Ross did finally make her way to the Sands Bethlelhem Event Center to perform as scheduled. The singer did not mention the limo accident to her audience that night.
Ross did her show Thursday night at the Providence Performing Arts Center as part of her In the Name of Love Tour. Ross has another show later this month on a Carnival cruise ship before her tour break. The tour will then resume in Canada at the end of June.
Diana Ross is still going strong as a performer. The Motown legend continues to tour, performing all of her famous hits during her years as the lead singer for The Supremes, as well as songs from her solo career.
Fans can expect to hear Ross sing “You Can’t Hurry Love” and “Stop in the Name of Love,” along with her cover of Billie Holiday’s “Don’t Explain,” the popular 1974 “Love Hangover,” and her biggest solo classic, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Ross has a mixture of her Top 40 hits that range from R&B, disco, and pop in her tour that keeps fans entertained.
It seems that, for some of the shows, it’s a family affair. In 2013, Ross’ son, Evan Ross, was the opening act for Ross’ Los Angeles concert. Ross’ daughter, Rhonda Ross, was the opening act at the Providence show, according to The Providence Journal. The younger Ross is sometimes the opening act for her mother, and she has been doing this since 2014.
“She’s allowing my show, in its autonomy, to be part of her show. There’s no intermission. It just goes seamlessly from me to her. Sometimes I’ll come back out for the encore.”
While Rhonda Ross hopes to gain new fans at these shows, she is not trying to compete with her mother to become the next “Queen of Motown.” The daughter of Diana Ross and Motown founder Berry Gordy, Rhonda uses the sounds of gospel, jazz, and funk in her own brand of music.
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