If you want to see Aretha Franklin in concert, you best buy your tickets now.
The legendary soul singer has announced that she will cease touring after this year. “I am retiring this year,” Franklin told WDIV Local 4 in Detroit. “I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”
“I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now,” she continued. “I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.”
Franklin also said that she would return to the studio this year to record a new album, noting that it will be “multi-directional.”
“We’re not pigeonholed to any one thing,” she said. “Of course, several of the songs are going to be produced by Stevie [Wonder]. There’s only one Stevie, right?”
Franklin is one of the most celebrated performers of the 20th century. Her hits such as “Respect,” “Think” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” remain classics to this day, with each song topping the R&B charts upon its release.
In her career, Franklin has won 18 Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award in 1994. She was also the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Franklin, who turns 75 this year, has been recently suffering from ill health: in 2010, she had to cancel shows for medical reasons and underwent emergency abdominal surgery. Last year, she also cancelled shows due to illness.