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29 September 2022, 09:35 | Updated: 16 November 2023, 11:09

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Two groups of Motown legends are joining forces once more for a tour of back-to-back hits.

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What's better than a night packed with hits from a classic Motown act? A night packed with hits from TWO classic Motown acts!

That's just what you'll get this autumn when The Temptations and The Four Tops join forces once more for another combined UK tour – one that's been rescheduled twice because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The two groups have toured together on a number of occasions in recent years, with their last combined UK jaunt coming in November 2018.

They're now back in the UK for a rescheduled nine-date tour starting tomorrow (September 30) in Manchester, with the final date being a massive show at London's O2 on October 11

The full tour dates are as follows:

  • Friday, September 30 – Manchester, AO Arena
  • Saturday, October 1 – Leeds, First Direct Arena
  • Sunday, October 2 – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
  • Wednesday, October 5 – Southend, Cliffs Pavillion (New Show)
  • Thursday, October 6 – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
  • Friday, October 7 – Bournemouth, International Centre
  • Sunday, October 9 – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
  • Monday, October 10 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
  • Tuesday Oct 11 – London, The O2 Arena

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Also joining the tour are special guests Odyssey. Tickets are on sale now directly from the venues, via Ticketline , or on the 24-hour ticket line 0844 888 9991.

Founding member of the Four Tops Duke Fakir said: "We are thrilled to be coming back to the UK.

"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."

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Fakir is the sole surviving original member of The Four Tops, and aged 86 this tour will be the last he performs with the group before he retires.

The rest of the current lineup features Ronnie McNeir, Lawrence Payton Jr. and Alexander Morris.

Hits that The Four Tops will play on the tour include 'Reach Out (I'll Be There)', 'Walk Away Renee', 'Loco in Acapulco', Honey Pie Sugar', 'Standing in the Shadows of Love' and 'Bernadette'.

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Another original Motown legend, founding member of The Temptations Otis Williams said: "We want to thank our fans in the UK for supporting and inspiring us over a half century.

"We look forward to celebrating our 60th Anniversary and sharing news about our new album, Temptations 60 with all of you.

"We’ve had such memorable trips to the UK, dating back to the '60s, and we can’t wait to see everyone this fall."

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Joining Otis in the current Temptations lineup are longtime members Ron Tyson and Terry Weeks, as well as newer members Anthony 'Tony' Grant and Jawan M Jackson.

Jackson is from the original cast of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical – Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations, which opens in the UK on March 31, 2023 at the Prince Edward Theatre.

Songs The Temptations will play include 'Ball of Confusion', 'Get Ready', 'Could Nine', 'Treat Her Like A Lady', 'My Girl' and 'Papa Was A Rollin' Stone'.

Temptations 60 includes the lead single 'Is It Gonna Be Yes Or No', which features Smokey Robinson .

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This September will see Motown legends Four Tops, together with The Temptations Revue and Tavares come together to tour six UK cities, including Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena on 1st September, Cardiff’s Utilita Arena on 3rd September, Manchester’s O2 Apollo on 4th September, Hull’s Connexin Live on 5th September, Glasgow’s SEC Armadillo on 7th September and Bournemouth’s BIC on 9th September. The superstar vintage soul groups The Four Tops came from seminal label Motown and are one of the most commercially successful American pop music groups of all time, having sold tens of millions of albums and influenced generations of artists and music fans. The Four Tops, The Temptations Revue and Tavares will be performing in London with full bands, making a long-awaited return to grace British stages. With the popularity of vintage soul peaking in influence across generations, the tour of six UK cities promises to be sell-out shows when tickets go on General Sale at 10am on Friday, 26th April. Vocal quartet The Four Tops helped propel the Motown label to global success. Led by the group’s remaining original founding member Abdul ‘Duke’ Fakir, joined by Lawrence Payton Jr (son of original member Lawrence Payton), Ronnie McNeir and Alex Morris. The Four Tops had major breakthrough hits with ‘Baby I Need Your Loving’, ‘I Can’t Help Myself’. Other hits include ‘It’s The Same Old Song’, ‘Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over)’ and ‘Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever’, ‘Standing In The Shadows Of Love’ and ‘Bernadette’, with ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There’ released in 1966 and the group’s biggest Motown hit. Vocal quintet The Temptations also released music via Motown to achieve massive international success. The Temptations Revue is a group lead by Glenn Leonard who was lead tenor of the group from 1975-83 and recorded on 10 albums with the group, and joined by Kareem Ali, Tim Brooks, Andre Jackson and Shelton Price for the UK tour. With major global hits including ‘My Girl’, ‘Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)’, ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’, ‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg’, ‘I Wish It Would Rain’, ‘Cloud Nine’, ‘I Can’t Get Next To You’, and ‘Treat Her Like A Lady’. Tavares are the Tavares brothers, a hugely successful American R&B/Soul group, now touring as a quartet comprising the original founding members Perry ‘Tiny’ Tavares and Feliciano ‘Butch’ Tavares, joined by Brent Tavares an John Kelly. They are most loved for their international smash hit ‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel’, with other hits including ‘It Only Takes A Minute’, ‘Don’t Take Away The Music’, ‘Whodunit’, as well as a hugely successful cover of Bee Gees classic ‘More Than A Woman’, which appeared on the Saturday Night Fever movie soundtrack. The Four Tops said “We need your loving UK, we can’t wait to return to your shores this September with our brothers in soul The Temptations Revue and Tavares, so get ready for us!” The Temptations Revue said “We love performing for our British fans, we will be on cloud nine this September!”

Tavares said “It’s been more than a minute, but coming to the UK always makes us so happy, come see us this September!”

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The Four Tops and the Temptations reach the conclusion of another acclaimed arena tour of the UK tomorrow night (11) when their double-header itinerary hits London’s The O2.

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The nine-date tour began on September 30 in Manchester and has its penultimate date tonight at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, before coming into London tomorrow. They’ve been supported during the run by soul hitmakers Odyssey, now fronted by Steven Collazo, son of original member Lillian Lopez.

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Reviewing the Manchester date for the Mail on Sunday , writer Tim de Lisle defends the fact that each group has one surviving original member – Abdul “Duke” Fakir in the Four Tops and Otis Williams in the Temptations – by pointing out that “the average choir or orchestra ran out of original members years ago.”

The review praises both latter-day groups for their ability to “bring crisp dance steps, sweet harmonies and unbeatable tunes. Above all, they bring the spirit of Motown – the joy, the charm, the soul.” Williams is a central figure in the Temptations’ year-long 60th anniversary celebrations, while Fakir has now been performing as a member of the Four Tops for a breathtaking 68 years.

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Both groups have long eulogized their adoring and loyal British audience, and when the joint UK tour (a longtime fixture on their respective calendars) was announced in July, Fakir said: “We are thrilled to be coming back to the UK. 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.”

Williams added: “We want to thank our fans in the UK for supporting and inspiring us over a half century. We look forward to celebrating our 60th anniversary and sharing news about our new album, Temptations 60 with all of you. We’ve had such memorable trips to the UK, dating back to the 60’s, and we can’t wait to see everyone this fall.”

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Ok .. so how many members of an original group do you need to still call it by the same name ... 1 ?

Well it was never going to be what it was 10 years ago let alone 40 years ago, but with now only 2 original members out of a line up of 9 ( one in each group ) was it ever going to rock the house. And didn’t help the “ Duke “ Fakir sang most of the set in a chair as he’s not long recovered from a broken hip.

I made the only gig that didn’t include Tavares .. Southend and they still have 3 original members I think.

It was maybe a sign of the times to see how many wheelchair users where being ushered in before the gig started and even a couple of punters with their portable dialysis machines ( fair play to them ). So I have to say my white hair didn’t look out of place.

Was the music up to scratch, shame to say not really and defiantly didn’t match the £50 a seat price tag but then it’s really a very good tribute band. Backing band where great , helped by Earl Van Dykes son .. Bigg T . Great version of Silent Night to end with by the Temps .

Shows that a lot of us are all nearing the end of our careers , and that you need your imagination to run away with you sometimes or was it my ball of confusion.

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The Four Tops were fantastic! Great sound, high energy, even Duke, one of the originals. Very fun and entertaining! Beyond expectations! We would recommend their show to anyone who loves Motown!

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There are very few artists with the same amount of iconic weight as The Four Tops, the group were a key contributor to the Motown movement of the 1960s and became a household name in the following decade due to their runaway global commercial success. Unfortunately Abdul "Duke" Fakir is the last surviving member of the original lineup, yet supported by three equally talented musicians including second generation member Lawrence Payton, Jr. they continue to tour The Four Tops legacy around the world to fans of the group, Motown and the sounds of the 60s.

The vocals are still as rich and the harmonies just as tender as you would imagine during 'Baby I Need Your Loving' and for any moment the band begins to sound a little shaky they have the thousand strong choir made up of the audience to help them through. It is a fantastic evening celebrating music and an era in general and some of the more emotive numbers seem to have more weight when dedicated to the departed. The Four Tops were always known for their classic demeanour and this has remained a strong consistency within the group.

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The Four Tops appeared on the R&b / Soul scene with the appearance of the album 'Motown Legends' published on November 29, 1993. The track 'Reach Out, I'll Be There' was instantly a hit and made The Four Tops one of the newest emerging talents at that moment. Since then, The Four Tops released the extremely beloved album 'The Ultimate Collection' which features some of the most beloved music from the The Four Tops discography. 'The Ultimate Collection' contains the song 'Reach Out I'll Be There' which has been the most requested for music lovers to enjoy during the shows. Aside from 'Reach Out I'll Be There' , most of other songs from 'The Ultimate Collection' have also become well-known as a result. A few of The Four Tops's most popular tour albums and songs are found below. After 23 years since the release of 'Motown Legends' and having a major impact in the industry, followers continue to unite to see The Four Tops on stage to play tracks from the entire catalog.

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The ultimate guide to the must-see concerts at the 2024 Proms

Has one of the world’s longest running classical music festivals begun to abandon the genre it was created to champion michael church selects the gems that embody the best of the proms, from a packed programme of 90 concerts across eight weeks, article bookmarked.

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T ime was – not so long ago – when everyone knew what the BBC Proms were for. Henry Wood, who conducted them for half a century, put it very simply. “To bring the best of classical music to the widest possible audience.” From the start there was no whiff of exclusivity: the programming was always adventurous, and Wood brought in “difficult” new music by Schoenberg and Scriabin, alongside his own compositions and his arrangements of folk tunes. Until 1971, people were even allowed to smoke. For year after year, Monday was Wagner night, and Fridays were devoted to Beethoven, with no fundamental change until relatively recently, when – to use an overworked cliche – the Proms were caught in a perfect storm.

The pandemic temporarily reduced them to a trickle of audience-free concerts, and that hiatus coincided with a major loss of nerve on the part of the BBC, thanks to economic pressure from the government, plus moral onslaughts from a variety of pressure groups, to which the BBC’s response was panicky. For example, they agreed to remove the ludicrously jingoistic “ Rule Britannia ” from the Last Night programme, then timidly reinstated it; they scrapped the BBC Singers, then caved in to public pressure and reinstated those much-loved veterans.

But the biggest and most questionable change lies in the repertoire itself, with 30 per cent of it no longer “classical” in any sense of the word. The Proms have long had excellent jazz and film music components, but evenings devoted to disco, and to pop stars like Florence Welch and Sam Smith , indicate that the Proms’ traditional criteria have gone – and probably for good.

The irony is that the world is full of wonderful but unexplored classical musics, for which Britain could be a suitable host with the aid of the Proms. If they really wanted to extend their reach – without compromising standards – that would be the way to go.

But classical musicians in Britain are enduring an unprecedentedly hostile climate, thanks to Arts Council parsimony, plus the bankruptcy hanging over many local authorities. In Victorian times Britain was mocked by Germans as Das Land ohne Musik – “the land without music”, with “classical” being the unspoken adjective. The way things are going, that nickname may soon be applicable again.

Glastonbury is an amazing musical patchwork, but one has to wonder how its patrons would react if 30 per cent of their programme were suddenly replaced by symphonies and string quartets. The Proms have long been classical music’s answer to major pop music events, but for how much longer will they be that? The omens aren’t auspicious. The incoming new Proms Controller, who recently made some regrettably populist changes to Radio 3 (such as moving the long-running Friday Night Is Music Night to the channel from Radio 2) looks unlikely to resist further pressures to go down that road.

So we should enjoy the classical music we have – while we have it. This year’s most glittering events, which I have singled out below, embody the best of the Proms tradition…

Prom 1, 19 July: First Night of the Proms 2024

Start as you mean to go on. Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason – one of the seven miraculous Kanneh-Mason siblings – always likes to “bring something new to people”, and few listeners will know the work she will play tonight. Everybody loves her husband Robert Schumann’s piano concerto, but Clara Schumann’s piano concerto, premiered in 1835, is still terra incognita. Conducted by Elim Chan, it will form part of an impressive programme including works by Handel, Bruckner, and Beethoven.

Prom 6, 23 July: Verdi’s Requiem

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This massive work will come with all guns blazing. It’s the most searing expression of grief ever written, and with a brilliant lineup of soloists plus the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, it will be conducted by Ryan Bancroft, who admits it can be intimidating to perform. But since everyone involved is so accomplished, he says, “it will feel like we’re making chamber music together”.

Prom 7, 23 July: Baroque Medley

It would be well worth staying on for this late concert on the same night, as the rare works on the menu will be performed by Il Pomo d’oro, who are among the most distinguished Baroque musicians in the business. One of these – the Polish countertenor Jakub Jozef Orlinski – is a champion breakdancer on the side, though he may need some persuasion to demonstrate that facility in this august locale.

Prom 21, 4 Aug: Copland, Gershwin, Marsalis, Adams

John Wilson conducts an all-American event that promises to really swing

Starring John Wilson and his prize-winning orchestra, this all-American event will really swing. Starting with Wynton Marsalis’s Herald, Holler, and Hallelujah , going on to Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite , Barber’s much-loved Adagio , and Ives’s The Unanswered Question , it will climax with John Adams’s massive Harmonielehre , the symphony that put classical music back on track after the modernists had derailed it.

Prom 31, 11 Aug: Barenboim, Mutter, and the West-East Divan

A Prom dripping with history – expect enraged flag-wavers at the door, and groupies cramming the auditorium. The incomparable violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will be soloist in Brahms’s Violin Concerto, and this will be the first time Daniel Barenboim has conducted in London since his diagnosis with a neurological illness last year. And the WED orchestra, famously part Israeli and part Arab, will demonstrate that the warring societies in the Middle East can dissolve their differences in music.

Prom 35, 15 Aug: Jazz Medley

This concert will celebrate 100 years of American jazz, starting with Ellington’s sultry Mood Indigo and Sophisticated Lady , and ending with a piece by the self-styled “trans-idiomatic composer” Anthony Braxton; the European premiere of the great pianist Mary Lou Williams’s Zodiac Suite – composed 80 years ago – sandwiched in between.

Prom 40, 19 Aug: Bach’s St John Passion

This irresistible Prom will take its audience to the height of exaltation. The work – covering Christ’s arrest, rendition, and execution – will have a visceral effect, and there’s a dream lineup of soloists including Carolyn Sampson and Christian Immler. But the USP lies in the fact that the conductor and chorus are Japanese – Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan.

Prom 45, 24 Aug: Mahler sung by Jamie Barton

Dalia Stasevska leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a rare performance of a work by Julius Eastman

Sibelius’s majestic Fifth Symphony will send us out into the night after two works about love, loneliness, and withdrawal by very differing composers. Julius Eastman gave his ex-boyfriend a rolled-up score that wasn’t unrolled and performed until 35 years later, and it now gets a rare performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dalia Stasevska. Mahler’s magnificent Rückert-Lieder will be sung by the irrepressible American mezzo Jamie Barton, for whom these five songs represent a timeless musical meditation.

Prom 51, 28 Aug: Tinariwen

Tinariwen bring haunting desert blues to the Albert Hall

Late Proms don’t usually fill the auditorium, but this charismatic group of Tuareg exiles should do so when they bring their haunting desert blues to the Albert Hall. They hail from northern Mali, and success never came easily: their founder Ibrahim Ag Alhabib witnessed his father’s execution when he was four, and he built his first guitar from a plastic water can, a stick, and some fishing wire.

Prom 54, 31 Aug: Beethoven for Three

A violin, a cello, and a piano: what is so great about that? A great deal, when the trio is the American pianist Emanuel Ax, the Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and the Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos. Three celebrated virtuosos who have spent the last few years joining forces and playing chamber music together. Their programme here is mouth-watering – all Beethoven, including a trio arrangement of his First Symphony.

Proms 63, 64, 65, 7 Sept: Choral Day

This is a very healthy response to the fact that choral music – mostly amateur – is now one of the big growth areas all over the country. People just love singing together, and choirs are springing up in the unlikeliest places. The first of these three concerts is devoted to English music of the Victorian period, and the second to the many varieties of American choral music. The third will consist of that all-embracing masterpiece, Handel’s Messiah in Mozart’s arrangement.

Prom 71, 12 Sept: Sir Andras Schiff

The great, and uncompromising, Andras Schiff will play a wonderful musical labyrinth by Bach

Classical music by one pair of hands, on an unamplified piano, for an audience of 5,200 in a vast, cavernous space: a recipe for an empty hall? Absolutely not when that performer is the great Andras Schiff. He’s splendidly uncompromising – I recently watched him lose his temper when two mikes he was using malfunctioned noisily and he angrily hurled them into the audience. This year he will play Bach’s The Art of Fugue , in which the composer wove a wonderful musical labyrinth around the simplest of themes, dying in mid-bar before he managed to finish it. Schiff will leave that final bar hanging provocatively in the air.

The BBC Proms run from 19 July to 14 September

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