Temptations Singer suffers fall during performance at the Manchester Arena

Temptations Singer suffers fall during performance at the Manchester Arena

CP.Tempts.Wht.2016Larry Braggs, singer in the legendary Motown band, The Temptations, suffered a fall from the stage after he lost his footing during an energetic performance of the group’s final song at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night. The incident looked worse than it was, and Larry was taken to the local hospital as a precautionary measure, where he was later given a ‘clean bill of health’. Although slightly bruised, Larry was back on stage with his fellow band members for last night’s show in Leeds, and received a standing ovation.

The Temptations are currently on tour with The Four Tops, and special guests Tavares. There are five dates remaining on this tour, including London’s O2 Arena on Thursday.

Date  City  Venue  Online
25th Oct     Nottingham Capital FM Arena https://capitalfmarena.com
26th Oct    Birmingham Genting Arena www.gentingarena.co.uk/
27th Oct    London O2 Arena www.theo2.co.uk
29th Oct Bournemouth BIC www.bhlivetickets.co.uk
Four Tops and Temptations      
30th Oct (Sold Out) Southend Cliffs Pavillion https://southendtheatres.org.uk

 

 

 

FOUR TOPS AND TEMPTATIONS BRING THE MOTOWN SOUND BACK TO UK ARENAS

FOUR TOPS AND TEMPTATIONS BRING THE MOTOWN SOUND BACK TO UK ARENAS

 

TTTMotown’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:

OCTOBER 2016

DATE CITY VENUE ONLINE
21st  Liverpool Echo Arena www.echoarena.com
22nd Manchester Arena www.manchester-arena.com
23rd Leeds First Direct Arena www.firstdirectarena.com
25th Nottingham Capital FM Arena capitalfmarena.com
26th Birmingham Genting Arena  www.gentingarena.co.uk
27th London O2 Arena www.theo2.co.uk
29th Bournemouth  BIC www.bhlivetickets.co.uk
30th Southend** Cliffs Pavillion southendtheatres.org.uk

**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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THE FOUR TOPS AND THE TEMPTATIONS  ANNOUNCE 10 DATE UK TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE PLATTERS AND FREDA PAYNE

THE FOUR TOPS AND THE TEMPTATIONS ANNOUNCE 10 DATE UK TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE PLATTERS AND FREDA PAYNE

The Four Tops The Temptations Platters Freda Payne

Timeless Motown legends Four Tops and The Temptations will be back in the UK in 2014 to relive the R&B and soul classics that delivered Detroit to music history. Special guests joining the bill for these memorable shows will be The Platters and Freda Payne.

Otis and Duke say “We love playing in the UK, the audiences are the best in the world. We’re really looking forward to sharing our music with you, together with The Platters and Freda Payne who are joining us this time around. We hope you’ll enjoy the shows as much as we will”

Dates are:

Date City Venue
MARCH 2014    
Fri 21st LIVERPOOL Echo Arena
Sat 22nd BOURNEMOUTH BIC
Sun 23rd BIRMINGHAM NIA
Wed 26th GLASGOW Clyde Auditorium
Thurs 27th NEWCASTLE Metro Radio Arena
Fri 28th NOTTINGHAM Capital FM Arena
Sat 30th CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
APRIL 2014    
Tue 1st LEEDS Arena
Wed 2nd MANCHESTER Arena
Thu 3rd LONDON O2 Arena (Lower Bowl)

All tickets £42.50, London £46.00 (subject to booking fee). Tickets go on sale Friday September 6th at 9.00am from www.ticketline.co.uk the 24 hour booking line – 0844 888 9991 or the venues direct.

American vocal quartet Four Tops are widely considered as one of the main artists to help define the landmark Motown sound in the 1960s. Amongst their biggest hits are I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) and Reach Out I’ll Be There. The line-up features original founder member Abdul ‘Duke’ Fakir with Lawrence Payton Jr, Lewis McNeir and Spike Deleon.

Fellow Motown vocal quintet The Temptations are known for their seminal R&B and soul catalogue, their harmonies and their trademark choreographies. The Temptations were the first ever Motown artists to win a Grammy and are particularly remembered for classics My Girl and Papa Was A Rolling Stone. Counting over 20 different musicians throughout their career, Otis Williams is the only surviving member off the original five today together with Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon, Ron Tyson and Bruce Williamson.

Who can forget Only You and The Great Pretender! Early rock’n’roll pioneers The Platters had Top 40 Billboard singles and 4 Number Ones between 1955 and 1967. They recorded just under 400 songs, sold well over 100 million records, performed in more than 91 countries and received more than 250 awards worldwide. They were inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of their international debut with ‘Only You’.

Singer and actress Freda Payne hit her musical peak in 1970 with Band of Gold, reaching a million copies sold and later re-recorded with Belinda Carlisle in 1986. A complete artist and a versatile vocalist, Freda’s career spans over 4 decades covering soul, R&B and jazz as well as movie and theatre roles. Freda has just finished recording a new jazz album to be released in 2014. She says “The Four Tops, Platter’s, and the Temptation’s are three iconic male groups who have laid there musical imprint in American history. The Platter’s going all the way back to the fifties and the Four Top’s who I’ve worked with as far back as the sixties. The Temptation’s rocked the world as 0ne of Motown’s premier R&B groups and the Top’s were right along with them. I am honored to be touring with these guys. They are the best, and we are like family. It’s a pleasure to be returning to the UK again with a great group of guys. Peace and Love,”

 

FOUR TOPS AND THE TEMPTATIONS ANNOUNCE 10 DATES UK TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS TAVARES AND THE CRYSTALS

FOUR TOPS AND THE TEMPTATIONS ANNOUNCE 10 DATES UK TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS TAVARES AND THE CRYSTALS

The Four Tops The Temptations Tavares

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:

Date City Venue Box Office Online
March 2012        
Fri 16th Sheffield Motorpoint Arena 0114 256 5656 www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk
Sat 17th Newcastle Metro Radio Arena 0844 493 6666 www.metroradioarena.co.uk
Sun 18th Glasgow Clyde Auditorium 0844 395 4000 www.ticketsoup.com
Tues 20th Nottingham Capital FM Arena 0844 412 4624 www.capitalfmarena.com
Thurs 22nd Birmingham NIA 0844 338 8000 www.theticketfactory.com
Fri 23rd Manchester MEN Arena 0844 576 3000 www.men-arena.com
Sat 24th Bournemouth BIC 0844 576 3000 www.bic.co.uk
Sun 25th Cardiff Motorpoint Arena 0292 0224 488 www.motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk
Tues 27th Liverpool Echo Arena 0844 800 0400 www.echoarena.com
Weds 28th London* O2 Arena 0844 856 0202 www.theo2.co.uk

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.

 

 

THE TEMPTATIONS TO TOUR THE UK IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER

THE TEMPTATIONS TO TOUR THE UK IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER

TheTemptationsThe Temptations are back! Following their massive top-ten album “Classic Soul Hits”, the soul legends have announced they will play 12 UK dates in October/November.

Playing more intimate venues than on previous tours, fans will be treated to the flawless harmonies, slick choreography and distinctive sound that lead The Temps to be the first band ever to replace “Four Poofs & a Piano” on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (March 7, 2008). In fact, the host was so dazzled by the band, they performed a capella on his BBC Radio 2 show the very next day.

This is the first time The Temptations have embarked on a UK tour without fellow Motown artists The Four Tops for 7 years and is a wonderful opportunity for fans to get a full dose of Temptations hits, which include “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”, “My Girl”“Get Ready”, “I Second That Emotion”, “Just My Imagination” and “The Way You Do The Things You Do”. They will also be performing their versions of classic soul hits featured in their 2008 album of the same name.

Otis Williams says, “It is always very exciting coming back to the U.K.  I have said many times the fans here are the best in the world and we can’t wait to perform these tracks for them for the first time.”

The Temptations are: Otis Williams (founder member), Terry Weeks, Ron Tyson, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson who, between them, have 88 years as Temptations.

Full tour details for The Temptations, plus support, are:-

Date City Venue Ticket Price Box Office
Tues 28th Oct Manchester Apollo £29.00 / £26.00 08444 777 677 / 0161 832 1111
Wed 29th Oct Nottingham Royal Centre  £29.00 / £26.00 0115 989 5555
Fri 31st Oct Sheffield City Hall £29.00 / £26.00 01142 789 789 / 0114 251 7000
Sat 1st Nov Liverpool Philharmonic Hall £29.00 / £26.00 0151 709 3789 / 0151 256 5555
Sun 2nd Nov London Hammersmith Apollo £30.00 / £27.50 08448 444 748 / 0207 434 2222
Tues 4th Nov Northampton Derngate £36.00 / £31.00 01604 624 811
Thurs 6th Nov Chichester Festival Theatre £32.50 / £29.50 01243 781 312
Fri 7th Nov Birmingham Symphony Hall  £29.00 / £26.00 0121 780 3333 / 0121 357 0000
Sat 8th Nov Oxford New Theatre £29.00 / £26.00 0844 847 1588
Mon 10th Nov Bristol Colston Hall £29.00 / £26.00 0117 922 3686
Tues 11th Nov Gateshead The Sage £30.00 0191 443 4661
Wed 12th Nov Leicester De Montfort Hall £30.00 / £28.00 0116 233 3111
Tickets go on general sale on Friday, 16th May (fan club/website presale: Thursday, 15th May). National Credit Card Hotline 0871 424 4444. Or book online at www.ticketline.co.uk. All tickets are subject to a booking fee.

The Temptations were the definitive male group of the 1960s and are one of the most successful groups in music history, having sold over 50 million albums, received 4 Grammys and numerous other awards. They have spent more than 40 years on the Motown label and continue to tour to sell-out audiences around the world.

THE TEMPTATIONS : CLASSIC SOUL HITS

THE TEMPTATIONS : CLASSIC SOUL HITS

classicsoulhitsThe TV-advertised album features a whopping 18 tracks, twelve of which are brand new recordings of classic soul hits, never-before recorded by The Temps, and interpreted in their distinctive style, featuring their flawless harmonies.

The remaining six songs* are some of The Temptations biggest Motown hits.

The newly-recorded tracks feature: Otis Williams (founder member), Terry Weeks, Ron Tyson, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson. Williamson is the latest addition to The Temptations family having been discovered by the band in Las Vegas. His powerful voice and amazing vocal range add a new dimension to the group.

Full Track Listing    
1 Can I Get A Witness 10 Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone *
2 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) 11 Never Can Say Goodbye
3 Ain’t Too Proud To Beg * 12 I’ll Be There
4 Hold On I’m Comin’ 13 Don’t Leave Me This Wa
5 My Girl * 14 Just My Imagination *
6 This Ole Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) 15 Reach Out & Touch
7 Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing 16 Get Ready *
8 Never Never Gonna Give You Up 17 Cloud Nine *
9 What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted 18 Respect Yourself

Otis Williams says, “The Temptations have always been known for classic songs.  We are continuing that history by picking classic songs for this CD. We are very excited about the addition of Bruce Williamson to the group.  He brings a new vitality and showmanship to the group and what a voice.”

The Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history and were the definitive male vocal group of the 1960s. They have spent more than 40 years on the Motown label and continue to tour to sell-out audiences around the world.