Hundreds line up for tickets to Hawkins tribute

July 16, 2010 2:18:00 PM PDT
Hundreds lined up outside the Paramount Theatre in Oakland on Friday, hoping to get tickets to a musical tribute for Grammy-award winning gospel singer Walter Hawkins.

The Oakland native passed away Sunday at the age of 61 from pancreatic cancer.

The free concert is a hot ticket. Platinum artists such as Yolanda Adams and Mary Mary are scheduled to perform.

Some fans have been waiting in line since 7 p.m. Thursday night.

"I've been here all night. We're just here to celebrate his life and his ministry, how he's touched everyone," said a fan. "He was a great man, he was a great musician. So that's why we're here -- to show our respect."

The concert is next Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Paramount. It will be followed by an 11 a.m. memorial Wednesday at the theater.


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