by MCavanaugh ·
HRS was in the house last night to witness Natalie Cole close up her four-day gig at Sunset Stripâ€™s infamous Viper Room, where she put on a dazzling performance.
â€œI consider this a dress rehearsal. Cause weâ€™re hitting the big city tomorrow. Thatâ€™s right, weâ€™re heading to New York City to be on TV,â€ the eight-time Grammy Award winner told the audience.
Promoting her 20th studio album, Leavinâ€™, due out later this month, Cole opened up with Fiona Appleâ€™s â€œCriminal.â€ The album features cover songs from a variety of artists, including Neil Young, Aretha Franklin, Shelby Lynne, Sting, and Kate Bush.
â€œThe songs on my latest album are cover songs, but I hope we perform like you ainâ€™t never heard them before,â€ exclaimed Cole.
For Magic Johnson and his wife, Cookie, who were celebrating their wedding anniversary, Cole took it back with her classic hit â€œInseparable.â€ Following up with the only new track on the album, â€œ5 Minutes Away,â€ she had everyone dancing and singing along within seconds. Rounding up the evening, she gave an encore performance of a mash-up of â€œThis Will Be An Everlasting Loveâ€ and Bruce Springsteenâ€™s â€œPink Cadillac.”
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