This Is the Club That Aretha Might Build, Y'all

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Aretha Franklin announced her touring retirement earlier this year, and now she has announced her plan for her time off. It involves... working.

In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, the Queen of Soul-slash-sensitivity announced her plan to move from the suburb of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, back to Detroit, where she spent formative years. She also said she’d like to open a club called Aretha’s.


“I’m interested in doing a small nightclub downtown, and he [Bruce Schwartz, Detroit relocation ambassador for Bedrock Real Estate Services] and I have been talking about this for a couple of years now...,” she told the Freep. “In my retirement plan, I’d like to have a small club here in Detroit.”

Would she ever sing at the club? Of course!

“From time to time I would sing, and of course, I would have special artists come in to perform for the city that people in Detroit like — Detroit favorites,” she said.

While she said she would continue to record (and is currently finishing up her next album of originals, which features multiple collaborations with Stevie Wonder), in February Auntie Ree announced that this is her last year “in concert,” but that she was open to “some select things,” like one-off performances. Or, it turns out, sporadic gigs at her own potential nightclub.

Like she was ever gonna give up the throne entirely! The queen would never.

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