Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mary Wilson brought her talents to the Bears Den (inside the Seneca Niagara Casino) last Friday night. Mary and her 6-piece backing band were able to deliver songs that spanned the almost 60-year career of Wilson. She is primarily known for being in one of the biggest groups of all time in the Supremes. The band ruled the charts in the 1960’s.
Wilson came out in an elegant white gown and delivered a song that defined her set, “Here’s to Life.” Wilson was very thankful for the life her fans have given her and stated that throughout her show. She talked about how she is 76 and half years young (She looked fantastic by the way). Wilson is mostly known for being the backup to Diana Ross, who sang all the leads for The Supremes. Wilson joked at one point, the “oooo’s” and ahhh’s” carried me all the way to the bank.
Her love for former partner Florence Ballard is as strong as ever. She mentioned her at least 3 times during her set and talked about how beautiful her voice really was. She also stated it was a shame that she was unable to show it (Ballard died at age 32 in 1976). She dedicated “I Am Changing” to the memory of Ballard.
Wilson is currently on the new season of Dancing with the Stars. Her coach Brandon Armstrong is traveling with her so she can practice during the week. (editor’s note: She was eliminated a few days after this show took place.)
Wilson’s voice was still sharp. Her demeanor and gratitude were well received while she sang her former bands biggest hits. She also added some choice covers from The Rolling Stones and John Lennon, which she had fun doing.
Overall, Wilson delivered a memorable performance that not only she would be proud of, but her former singing mate Florence Ballard would be as well.
Here’s to Life (Anita Wilson cover)
Love Child (Diana Ross & The Supremes song)
My World is Empty Without You (The Supremes song)
Reflections (Diana Ross & The Supremes song)
You Can’t Hurry Love/ Back in My Arms Again (The Supremes medley)
Don’t Know Why (Jesse Harris & The Ferdinandos cover)
You Are So Beautiful (Billy Preston covering)
Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) (Moon Martin cover)
Baby Love (The Supremes song)
Stop! In the Name of Love (The Supremes song)
You Keep Me Hangin’ On (The Supremes song)
Walk the Line
I Am Changing
Someday We’ll Be Together (Diana Ross & The Supremes song)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction/Brown Sugar (The Rolling Stones cover)
Last Dance (Donna Summer cover)
Imagine (John Lennon cover)
We would like to thank Phil Pantano from Pantano & Associates for the credentials to review the show.