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The diva and her duo

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 23, 2000


Diana Ross's tour, which comes Saturday to Tampa's Ice Palace, has been drenched in controversy from the start. The original Motown diva has been widely criticized for staging a Supremes reunion tour without her former groupmates. Mary Wilson, an original Supreme, publicly complained about being offered $2-million for the tour. Ross reportedly is getting at least $15-million. Cindy Birdsong, who replaced the late Florence Ballard in the Supremes, also turned down the tour. So now Ross is backed by Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence. This photo shows Ross, right, and Payne during the first stop of their tour last week in Philadelphia. Reported the Associated Press: "Ross sounded confident and assured, unscathed from the fiasco surrounding the concert tour. . . . The show proved not to be a reunion, but a good party." If you want to see the show for yourself, tickets ($39.50-$125) are available through Ticketmaster. Showtime is 8 p.m.

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