Aretha Franklin: A Queen Returns To Her Throne

The “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, may be getting her birthday wish a bit early this year. Per reports, Memphis has gathered together to honor the iconic singer, in a special way. As fans of the “Respect” singer may already know, Franklin – who just happened to celebrate her 76th birthday – has recently been battling health concerns.

The Queen of Soul’s management team says in a statement Friday that Franklin will not perform March 25 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. That show would have taken place on her 76th birthday.

Franklin also won’t appear April 28 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Organizers say Rod Stewart will perform as the headliner instead.