Diana Ross left the Plymouth Jazz Festival and Tobago an extremely angry woman, complaining bitterly and loudly that she had never been asked to cut short her performance at any time in her 48-year career.
But before she left these shores, her last song was—I will survive.
While her fans were upside down shouting and screaming: “Diana, we love you,” Ross came from backstage where she had just changed her red gown to another in white, and announced she was asked to leave the stage.
“Apparently, opening acts were too long. I’m being kicked out the stage,” the legendary Motown singer said and then sang her last song of the night—I will survive.
The audience briefly booed when she finally left the stage.
Sources told the Guardian that local soca diva Destra sang too long and this may have added to problems, since the show started about one hour and 20 minutes late.
No matter how much we love out local talent, the 50,000 plus patrons who visited Tobago over the weekend did not fly and ferry over to the sister isle to see Machel and Destra. I mean we saw MORE than enough of them for Carnival already, though it was nice to include our local acts in the Jazz lineup! Diana Ross, legend extraordinarie unceremoniously kicked off the stage at Jazz, imagine that! Of course all the newspapers are reporting that she was hopping mad, and no one could blame the Diva at all.
So it is with much embarrassment that I read this on Today's Guardian:
Even though the headline is pure sensationalism it is out there for the international community to read about the way Diana Ross was treated at Jazz festival in Tobago! I cannot wait to hear all the stories about what really went down from my mother as well as friends who came from other islands just for Jazz.
Sometimes I have to wonder why can't these "organizers" just get it together and for once have an event where everything goes off with as little problems as possible. Maybe they should look into hiring an event management team from TRIBE and Island People (the party outfit) for next year's Jazz festival! After all ONE Fete, Bliss and Blue Range were well managed and Island People has been involved in several events such as the TIDCO food festival with great success. And I thought only Carnival was bacchanal!