Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Mary J. Blige Steals The Show At This Year's Lilith Fair Concert Stop In Cleveland, OH

Review and photo courtesy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer / John Soeder

It was billed as “the celebration of women in music.”

Sarah McLachlan was the hostess. And Mary J. Blige was the life of the party when Lilith, the female-fronted roadshow formerly known as Lilith Fair, returned to Blossom Music Center on Tuesday (July 27th), following an 11-year break.

The eight-hour extravaganza showcased a variety of musical styles, from introspective singer-songwriter fare to uptempo electro-pop. Women dominated not only the spotlight, but the audience of 5,000-plus fans.

Blige stole the show with her charismatic performance. Accompanied by a 10-piece band (including four backing vocalists), the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul had concertgoers on their feet for “Real Love,” “No More Drama,” Be Without You” and other empowering hits.

Blige also put her stamp on a couple of classic rock songs. She belted out U2’s “One” with gospel-style fervor and breathed new life into the Led Zeppelin warhorse “Stairway to Heaven,” which made for a stunning highlight.

a fan shot clip below, courtesy of hallk567.

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