GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - Al Green's concert at the Frederik Meijer Gardens last night delighted some and puzzled others.
He disappointed many fans when he only sang for an hour. He told the sold-out crowd that he was going to shorten his performance because of the chance of rain. The comment was puzzling because there was no rain in the forecast for Grand Rapids.
He sang about a dozen songs from his personal hits to a medley of Motown songs to a soulful rendition of "Amazing Grace," perhaps an acknowledgement of his Memphis ministry.
At one point, the reverend posed a question on the mind of some fans - can he still hit the high notes? During his rendition of "I'm Still in Love with You", he showed he still has his vocal range. He delighted the crowd with his soulful singing and red roses that he tossed to his adoring fans.
Al Green's appearance at the Meijer Gardens last night was only his third concert in Grand Rapids in the past three decades. Green and his family moved to Grand Rapids in the 1950's where he attended South High School. He sang in a family gospel group and wrote some of his early hits in Grand Rapids. Some in the audience were surprised he didn't talk about his local roots during his performance.
In the end, the concert was brief but it was a powerful performance by one of the greatest soul singers of our times.