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Diana Ross performs at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael. Provided by Rick Bartalini

Diana Ross, one of the most popular and enduring artists in popular music history, is returning to the Bay Area.

The multiplatinum star, who first came to fame with the Supremes, performs Aug. 6 and 7 at Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco. Tickets are $70-$265 at www.shnsf.com.

Here are five reasons why you might want to see Ross in concert:

1. The Supremes songbook: Simply put, it's one of the best in pop music history. The band delivered so many memorable hits, including "Where Did Our Love Go," "Baby Love," "Come See About Me" and "Stop! In the Name of Love."

2. Her solo songbook: It doesn't compare to the Supremes catalog -- but, then again, very little does. Still, her solo career has produced such winning singles as "Upside Down," "I'm Coming Out" and "Touch Me in the Morning."

3. Rare occasion: Ross comes around about as frequently as Halley's comet -- at least to San Francisco. Sure, she performed in SF in 2011. Before that, however, one has to go all the way back to 1969 for the last time Ross played the City by the Bay.

4. Great performer: I've had the privilege of seeing Ross in concert and can attest that she knows how to put on a thoroughly entertaining show.

5. Intimate setting: The Golden Gate Theatre should be a fantastic place to see Ross onstage.


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Legendary singer Diana Ross performs Aug. 6-7 at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre. (AP Photo Archives/Andy Butterton)
Legendary singer Diana Ross performs Aug. 6-7 at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre. (AP Photo Archives/Andy Butterton) ( ANDY BUTTERTON )