Diana Ross, 77, will be back in the UK next summer for string of shows

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    Diana Ross will be back in the UK next summer for a string of shows ahead of her reported Glastonbury performance.

    The Supremes star, 77, had been scheduled to perform on the Pyramid stage at the Worthy Farm festival in 2020 but it was cancelled due to the pandemic.   

    The singer will now embark on her UK Thank You tour at various dates around the country next June before a few days break in her schedule, which leaves her free for the event.   

    Exciting: Diana Ross will be back in the UK next summer for a string of shows ahead of her reported Glastonbury performance

    Exciting: Diana Ross will be back in the UK next summer for a string of shows ahead of her reported Glastonbury performance 

    She told The Mirror: ‘So many people asked me to return to the UK – I’m answering the call, and looking forward to seeing everyone next summer.

    ‘The audiences are really the exciting part for me in the show. There is always a connection that I feel when I am on stage. I love being able to look out and see the faces.

    ‘When you’re watching me, I’m also watching you.

    Iconic: The Supremes star, 77, had been scheduled to perform on the Pyramid stage at the Worthy Farm festival in 2020 but it was cancelled due to the pandemic

    Iconic: The Supremes star, 77, had been scheduled to perform on the Pyramid stage at the Worthy Farm festival in 2020 but it was cancelled due to the pandemic

    ‘Everything is really about give and take. It’s you and me. It’s us together. It’s never me by myself. My musicians with me are my family away from home. It’s such a blessing this work.’ 

    A representative for Diana has been contacted by MailOnline for further comment. 

    Billie Eilish is the only confirmed headliner at next year’s Glastonbury festival so far, amid rumours the other main performers could include Adele and Taylor Swift.   

    But Sir Elton John, who has a gap in his tour, and Sir Paul McCartney, another scheduled 2020 performer, are also rumoured to be appearing at the event.

    Famous faces: Billie Eilish (pictured) is the only confirmed headliner at next year's Glastonbury festival so far, amid rumours the other main performers could include Adele and Taylor Swift

    Famous faces: Billie Eilish (pictured) is the only confirmed headliner at next year’s Glastonbury festival so far, amid rumours the other main performers could include Adele and Taylor Swift

    Kylie Minogue, Lionel Richie and Dolly Parton have previously played in the Sunday legends slot.  

    It comes after earlier this week Diana teased her first music video in more than a decade and she thanked her sons Evan Ross and Ross Naess for giving her the ‘confidence and encouragement’ to make it.

    The legendary soul singer shared a snippet from the video for All Is Well, which showed her singing the opening lines from the song; ‘There’s beauty all around you, right on display.’

    The mother-of-five said: ‘My sons gave me the confidence and encouragement to make this video.

    Icon: It comes after earlier this week Diana teased her first music video in more than a decade and she thanked her sons Evan Ross and Ross Naess for giving her the 'confidence and encouragement' to make it

    Icon: It comes after earlier this week Diana teased her first music video in more than a decade and she thanked her sons Evan Ross and Ross Naess for giving her the ‘confidence and encouragement’ to make it

    ‘After spending almost two years not performing and not being in front of the camera, they supported me in easing back into being around lots of people.

    ‘These three people really took care of me: Evan Ross (producer), Amanda Demme (director), Ross Naess (photography), and so many others.

    ‘I am filled with appreciation for the work that they all did to make this happen.’

    Family first: Evan Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross, Actress/Singer Diana Ross, Ross Arne Naess and Chudney Ross are seen left to right in February 2012

    Family first: Evan Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross, Actress/Singer Diana Ross, Ross Arne Naess and Chudney Ross are seen left to right in February 2012

    Back at it: Diana was seen in the sepia-tinted clip as a set was constructed around her and show via time-lapse photography

    Back at it: Diana was seen in the sepia-tinted clip as a set was constructed around her and show via time-lapse photography

    Glamorous looks: She appeared to be posing for a photoshoot, and different pictures from the session were superimposed on the screen

    Glamorous looks: She appeared to be posing for a photoshoot, and different pictures from the session were superimposed on the screen

    She also has three daughters: Tracee Ellis Ross, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, and Chudney Ross.

    Ross announced the single by posting the art for it last week on her Instagram.

    In a clip posted Tuesday, Ross was featured on a sepia-tinted stage as a set was constructed around her and shown via time-lapse photography.

    She wore a black off-the-shoulder dress with layers of black necklaces around her throat as she sat for what looked like a photoshoot.

    Behind the scenes: She deconstructed the act of filming her music video by showing the slate at the start of the clip

    Behind the scenes: She deconstructed the act of filming her music video by showing the slate at the start of the clip 

    She's still got it! The iconic singer showed off her age-defying looks in closeup as she sang against a faint image of a flower

    She’s still got it! The iconic singer showed off her age-defying looks in closeup as she sang against a faint image of a flower

    Then, she was seen in a closeup that highlighted her age-defying beauty as she sang. 

    The soul star will release Thank You, a collection of 13 songs recorded in her home studio, on Friday.

    The former Supremes member, whose hits include I’m Coming Out, Love Hangover and Upside Down, last released a studio album in October 2006. 

    'Get ready': Ross announced the single by posting the art for it last week on her Instagram

    ‘Get ready’: Ross announced the single by posting the art for it last week on her Instagram

    Highly-anticipated: The soul star will release Thank You, a collection of 13 songs recorded in her home studio, on Friday

    Highly-anticipated: The soul star will release Thank You, a collection of 13 songs recorded in her home studio, on Friday

    Talking about her inspiration behind the album, she added: ‘I spent the past year recording new music and this music is a reflection of the joy and the love and the gratitude that I feel every day.

    ‘It’s an album of great appreciation for life, and for all of you.’

    The US star enlisted high-profile songwriters for the project, including Jack Antonoff, who has worked with artists including Lorde and Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith collaborator Jimmy Napes, and Rihanna co-writer Prince Charlez.

    Thank You will be Ross’ first album on Decca Records, the British label established in 1929 and home to Dame Shirley Bassey and Andrea Bocelli.

    Icons: She rose to fame in The Supremes, before launching her solo career as a disco singer in the 1980s. (L-R Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Diana Ross) Pictured in 1965

    Icons: She rose to fame in The Supremes, before launching her solo career as a disco singer in the 1980s. (L-R Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and Diana Ross) Pictured in 1965

     Ross rose to fame in The Supremes, before launching her solo career as a disco singer in the 1980s.

    Her back catalogue includes hits such as Baby Love, Upside Down and I’m Coming Out.

    At the Grammy Awards in 2019, Diana gave a special performance to mark her 75th birthday.

    She was handed a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2012 for her lengthy career, which began when she joined The Primettes aged 15. 

    The Supremes singer Mary Wilson died suddenly at the age of 76, in February of this year.

    Awful news: Mary passed away at her home in Las Vegas on February 8, her publicist has confirmed, with a cause of death yet to be announced (pictured 1965)

    Awful news: Mary passed away at her home in Las Vegas on February 8, her publicist has confirmed, with a cause of death yet to be announced (pictured 1965)

    Diana Ross said in a statement on Twitter at the time: ‘I just woke up to this news, my condolences to you Mary’s family, I am reminded that each day is a gift, I have so many wonderful memories of our time together,’ the Detroit native who is best known for her singles I’m Coming Out and Love Hangover wrote.

    ‘The Supremes will live on in our hearts,’ the crooner added.

    Singer Beverley Knight tweeted: ‘Mary Wilson along with Florence Ballard and Diana Ross changed the game permanently. Hit after hit after hit, on regular rotation to this day. A Supreme Titan may have left us but that legacy will never be surpassed.’

    Mary passed away at her home in Las Vegas on February 8, her publicist has confirmed, with a cause of death yet to be announced.

    Along with bandmates Diana and Florence Ballard, Wilson was at the forefront of the Motown sound after signing with the label in 1961 when she was 15 years old, originally as a member of The Primettes before the group changed their name.

    Stars: The Supremes in concert, circa 1965, from left to right, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard

    Stars: The Supremes in concert, circa 1965, from left to right, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard

    Long-term publicist Jay Schwartz confirmed Wilson’s funeral service will be held privately in accordance with current health and safety guidelines, but a public memorial will be scheduled for later in the year.

    Motown founder Berry Gordy paid tribute to one of the ‘sweethearts of Motown’, who he described as ‘a trailblazer and a diva’.

     He said: ‘I was extremely shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of a major member of the Motown family, Mary Wilson of the Supremes.

    ‘The Supremes were always known as the ‘sweethearts of Motown.’ Mary, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, came to Motown in the early 1960s.

    ‘After an unprecedented string of No. 1 hits, television and nightclub bookings, they opened doors for themselves, the other Motown acts, and many, many others. … I was always proud of Mary.

    ‘She was quite a star in her own right and over the years continued to work hard to boost the legacy of the Supremes. Mary Wilson was extremely special to me. She was a trailblazer, a diva and will be deeply missed.’

    So sad: 'The Supremes were always known as the "sweethearts of Motown." Mary, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, came to Motown in the early 1960s

    So sad: ‘The Supremes were always known as the ‘sweethearts of Motown.’ Mary, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, came to Motown in the early 1960s

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