December 3, 2019
Motown legends The Four Tops and The Temptations are returning to the UK in November 2020 to perform some of their most popular and award-winning songs that continue to inspire musicians around the globe. The Tamla Motown label broke down cultural and social barriers and The Four Tops and The Temptations were at the very forefront of that transformative period. Original members, Duke Fakir and Otis Williams, of the Four Tops and Temptations respectively, hold a special place in the hearts of British fans, and they are both delighted to be returning to the UK for the 2020 8-date concert tour in October and November.
“We are thrilled to be coming back to the UK,” says Duke Fakir. “We always have such a great reception from our fans here, it always feels like home. It makes it so special to perform for the folks in Britain.”
“We want to thank our British fans for supporting and inspiring us over a half century. I’ve had such memorable trips to Britain dating as far back as the early 70’s, including meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury to recording our Live at London’s Talk of the Town album. As we mark our 60th Anniversary in 2020, the Temptations want to pay special tribute to fans in the UK and worldwide. We invite everyone to join us in celebrating this special milestone during next year’s tour,” says Otis Williams, founding member of the Temptations.
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch), Reach Out I’ll Be There, Standing In The Shadows Of Love, Bernadette, and Walk Away Renee are all timeless Four Tops’ classics that need little, or no, introduction and they enjoyed a revival of fortunes when Loco In Acapulco, from the film Buster, was a UK hit in 1988. Four Tops founder member Duke Fakir is joined by Ronnie McNeir, Lawrence Payton Jr and Joseph Alex Morris a truly fine vocalist with a commanding delivery in the current line-up.
Temptations’ blockbuster No.1 hits Just My Imagination, Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone, and My Girl are among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.” The Temptations, throughout the group’s evolution, have produced 53 Billboard Hot 100 Hit singles, including four that became No.1 Pop singles. Additionally, they released 43 Top 10 R&B hit singles, 14 of which were No.1 R&B hits, including timeless classics such as Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, Beauty is Only Skin Deep, and I Wish It Would Rain. Otis Williams, the sole surviving original Temptation, Ron Tyson, a lead vocalist for 37 years, Terry Weeks, a lead vocalist for 23 years, and Willie Greene, Jr., base vocalist with the group for four years, are still serenading fans with their soulful voices, lighting up stages with their famous Temptations’ Walk, and bringing joy to audiences of all ages.
The 2020 tour dates are as follows:
Thursday 29 October Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Friday 30 October Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Sunday 1 November Manchester Arena
Monday 2 November Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
Tuesday 3 November Leeds First Direct Arena
Wednesday 4 November Birmingham Arena
Saturday 7 November Bournemouth International Centre
Sunday 8 November London O2 Arena
Tickets go onsale at 9am on Friday 6th December from: www.ticketline.co.uk, 24-hour ticket line 0844 888 9991, or from the venues direct.
About the Four Tops
The Four Tops were among the first wave of Tamla Motown artists to make an impact in the UK with their infectious R&B and soul influenced brand of pop. The line-up of Levi Stubbs, Duke Fakir, Obie Benson and Lawrence Payton teamed up with the Holland-Dozier-Holland writing and production team to score a constant string of hits for over a decade.
Baby I Need Your Loving gave them a US hit with their first Motown release in 1964 and they scored their first US Number 1 the following year with I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch). This also gave them their first UK top ten hit. In 1966, they topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with Reach Out I’ll Be There. The Four Tops trademark sound of baritone lead vocals and lush harmonies was complemented, on stage, with slick and well-rehearsed dance routines, also giving them a strong visual identity.
The Four Tops were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and continue to tour regularly led by Duke Fakir, sole surviving member of the classic line-up.
In a Rolling Stone magazine article in 2004 Smokey Robinson remembered: “They were the best in my neighbourhood in Detroit when I was growing up (and) the Four Tops will always be one of the biggest and the best groups ever. Their music is forever.”
ABOUT THE TEMPTATIONS
The Temptations are world-renowned superstars of entertainment, revered for their phenomenal catalog of music, and prolific career. Named the “#1 R&B/Hip Hop Artists of All Time” and one of the “125 Greatest of All Time Artists” by Billboard Magazine this past month, the group’s 60-year history spans both the 20th and 21stcenturies and their music transcends generations. They were also named one of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Currently the subject of a smash hit Broadway musical, “Ain’t Too Proud,” which won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography, and negotiations are ongoing for the musical to come to London, the Temptations are the recipients of numerous awards and honors. They have won four Grammy Awards, including being honoured with the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2013. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll, Vocal Group, and Rhythm and Blues Music’ Halls of Fame and have been honoured with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood and the Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame in Harlem, New York.
Last month, the original Broadway cast album for “Ain’t Too Proud-The Life and Times of the Temptations,” was nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Musical Theater Album” category. The Awards’ ceremony will be held in January 2020. Also, for the 2019 holiday season, Universal Music Enterprises just released in the market a first-of–its-kind, animated video featuring the Temptations’ “Silent Night,” one of the most popular holiday songs of all time. The Temptations will mark their 60th Anniversary next year with an international concert tour.