Aretha Franklin Talks About Returning To Stage, Dieting To Get To Size 16

Aretha Franklin steps out at the 2010 Apollo Theater Spring Benefit Concert & Awards Ceremony at The Apollo Theater in New York City on June 14, 2010 Aretha Franklin steps out at the 2010 Apollo Theater Spring Benefit Concert & Awards Ceremony at The Apollo Theater in New York City on June 14, 2010

Aretha Franklin says she’s back at “150 percent” and plans her first post-surgery concert in May.

Franklin said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press that she’s set to perform at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 28. It’s the same month that she said Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will release her long-awaited album “Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love.”

The Queen of Soul had surgery in December for an undisclosed ailment. Since then, the 68-year-old has revamped her diet, giving up her beloved chitterlings, pigs’ feet and ham hocks in favor of a Whole Foods-type diet. She’s lost weight and hopes to get down to a size 16.

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