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John Legend ponders 'What's Going On' at the Hollywood Bowl
John Legend ponders 'What's Going On' at the Hollywood Bowl

Many layers of reenactment were at work when John Legend paid tribute to Marvin Gaye on Wednesday night at the Hollywood Bowl. The concert’s centerpiece was a complete performance of “What’s Going On,” Gaye’s groundbreaking 1971 album, which Legend previously re-created two years ago at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Even then, the R&B star was marking the 40th anniversary of a show that Gaye himself had played at the same venue in 1972. For those keeping score, that meant Wednesday’s production was a copy of a copy of a copy. Yet few historical documents feel as current as “What’s Going On,” Gaye’s anguished...

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