The Four Tops and The Temptations, have announced that Tavares, the hugely influential group whose hits spanned the genres of both RnB and Disco, will join them on their UK arena tour in November 2018.
Entitled Together Again…One More Time, this tour is potentially one of the last opportunities for music lovers to see both The Four Tops and The Temptations performing live in the UK.
The story of Tavares is that of a band of brothers bound not only by blood, talent, and a rich musical legacy, but by fierce determination to succeed in the music business. Over two decades, the Tavares Brothers achieved numerous Top 40 singles, and won a Grammy Award for their work on the soundtrack to iconic disco film, Saturday Night Fever.
Their biggest hit, 1975 R&B Chart topper, It Only Takes A Minute, was not only a huge success for them. Two decades later, a version released by a (then) unknown boy band called Take That earned them their debut Top 10 hit, bringing the music of Tavares to an whole new generation, whilst simultaneously launching the career of one of the world’s most successful pop groups.
The Four Tops
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Four Tops have been responsible for an astonishing number of hit records during their 54-year history. Throughout their career they have remained hugely popular in the UK, and their twenty-seven UK Top 40 Chart hits make them Motown’s most successful ever artist on these shores.
The Four Tops’ back catalogue is rich with many of the best-loved songs from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, including classics such as I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch), Bernadette, Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got), and their UK & US number one smash hit, Reach Out (I’ll Be There).
Their current line up includes founder member Duke Fakir plus Ronnie McNeir, Lawrence Payton and Harold ‘Spike’ Bonhart.
Three-time Grammy Award winners, The Temptations have been an integral part of the world of vocal R&B virtually since its inception. Formed in 1961, they have gone on to be one of the most successful groups of all time – in any genre – achieving thirty seven Billboard Top 40 hits, including four #1’s, and ranked at number 68 on Rolling Stone’s100 Greatest Artists Of All Time.
Three classic Temptations tracks, My Girl, Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me), and Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone, were included in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, and they were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
The line-up is founder member, Otis Williams, with Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr.
“These songs are the soundtrack to our lives – we love performing them as much as ever, especially to the UK audiences” – says The Temptations’ Otis Williams.
Duke Fakir agrees “We love coming to the UK – this is our favourite tour and we just love the people here…they treat us like royalty! They love the music which makes it wonderful to perform on stage every night”
THE FOUR TOPS & THE TEMPTATIONS plus special guests TAVARES
TOGETHER AGAIN… ONE MORE TIME UK TOUR DATES
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The Four Tops and The Temptations will also play Southend Cliff’s Pavillion on Monday 26th November.
Tickets available from: www.ticketline.co.uk, 24-hour ticket line 0844 888 9991, or from the venues direct.
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Motown’s timeless legends The Four Tops and The Temptations have announced a UK tour for October 2016, with special guests Tavares. The three iconic bands will play 7 shows together, with an additional Southend show featuring Four Tops and Temptations only.
This is not the first time The Four Tops and The Temptations have joined forces in the UK. Throughout several co-headlining tours they’ve built a lasting relationship with their British audience, winning them over with their unmissable arena-sized parties.
“Very excited to be coming back to the UK October of 2016” – says The Temptations’ Otis Williams – “the UK audience has always been the best in world! Looking forward to spending time and performing for the greatest fans. See you later!” The Four Tops’ Duke Fakir shares his feelings: “Our UK tour is always our most exciting tour of the year. I and the other Tops are looking forward to our fall visit in our favourite country. Hope to see you all at our concerts with our friends the Temptations and Tavares. WOW I CAN’T WAIT!” Special guests Tavares also welcomed the news enthusiastically: “We are looking forward to the UK tour next October with the Temptations and The Four Tops and can’t wait to perform all of our hits for the UK fans who have always been so supportive throughout our career.”
With young music fans rediscovering the classics and vinyl making a sensational comeback, the celebrated sound of Motown is more alive and popular than ever. Berry Gordy, founder of the Detroit label that made history in the 60s, will bring ‘Motown The Musical” to London from February 2016 and sales are already going strong.
The Four Tops’ groundbreaking sound includes soul, R&B, disco, doo-woop and jazz influences; they strongly contributed to define the Motown sound. Their hits include I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) and 1966 number one Reach Out (I’ll Be There). The line up for the tour includes original member Duke Fakir plus Ronnie McNeir, Lawrence Payton and Harold ‘Spike’ Bonhart.
The Temptations were the first Motown band to win a Grammy Award in 1969 with Cloud Nine; they won 3 in total, plus the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, tribute to a career that helped shape Soul and R&B music as we know it. Amongst their classics are My Girl and Papa Was a Rolling Stone. The current line up of the group is Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr.
Family enterprise Tavares – Cape-Verdean brothers Antone “Chubby”, Feliciano “Butch”, Perry Lee “Tiny” and Ralph – found fame in the 70s with their R&B/funk/soul formula. In 1975 they released Top 40 pop album In The City, with single It Only Takes a minute topping the R&B chart and earning them a support slot with the Jackson 5. Tavares won a Grammy for their work on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. They will bring to the arena more golden hits including More Than A Woman, Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel and Don’t Take Away The Music.
Full Dates as follows:
**Tops and Temptations only
All shows start at 7:30pm, ticket prices are £45 & £40 everywhere except London & Southend which are £47.50 & £42.50. Tickets available from www.ticketline.co.uk or the 24 hour ticket line 0844 888 9991 or from the venues direct. Tickets go on sale Friday Dec 4th at 9.00am.
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Due to exceptional demand, legendary Motown artists The Four Tops and The Temptations return to the UK for 10 stunning shows in March 2012. They will be joined by two very special guests: kings of Seventies R & B disco Tavares and seminal sixties girl band The Crystals.
With Soul and R&B enjoying a dazzling comeback, this tour promises to get three or four generations together, shaking their hips and singing along to the timeless sound of some truly irresistible classics. A few titles? “Reach Out (I’ll be there)” and “It’s All In The Game” from the Four Tops; “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” from The Temptations; “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” and “More Than A Woman” from Tavares and “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Then He Kissed Me” from The Crystals. And these are likely to be just the encores after an endless string of unforgettable hits.
Being the only ones choosing a baritone over a tenor in Stubbs, The Four Tops managed to stick out from the rest of the Motown roster. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, they moved to LA in the early Seventies and continued playing with no change in their line up until 1997, when Lawrence Payton passed away. The current line up includes original founder member Abdul “Duke” Fakir.
Also from Detroit were The Temptations, one of Motown’s most influential and successful recording artists; across five decades, they’ve sold tens of millions of albums, spacing from R & B to funk, disco, soul and even adult contemporary music. Founder and original member Otis Williams is still in the band, carrying its important legacy.
The Tavares brothers started performing together in the late 60s to become one of the most successful R & B, funk and soul names in the Seventies, although often seen as more of a disco act. Their 1976’ album “Sky High!” produced 3 UK Top Ten singles, while the following year their version of “More Than a Woman” for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack won them a Grammy Award.
60s influential girl group The Crystals completes this unique bill for a trip down Memory Lane all the way to the modern rediscovery of everything vintage and soulful. The Crystals have managed to produce a long series of hits and are considered one of the defining female acts of their time. “He’s a Rebel”, written by Gene Pitney and produced by Phil Spector, became an all time classic and is the song that best represents Spector’s girl group sound.
Full details are:
Tickets go on sale on Friday 9th September at 9.00am and are priced at £40 for all venues except for London* where they are £42.50. Agency/Credit Card bookings Subject to booking fee. Or book your tickets through www.ticketline.co.uk – 0844 888 9991 orwww.ticketmaster.co.uk – 0844 847 1642. All shows start at 7.30pm.
A show for singles, couples, families and music lovers of all types and ages that will make you dance, sing, laugh and cry from the bottom of your very soul.