Motown stars in extravaganza

Legendary Motown sensations The Four Tops and The Temptations are to team up for a Motown extravaganza.

On Friday, March 16, 2012, they will be joined by two very special guests – kings of seventies R&B disco the Tavares and seminal sixties girl band The Crystals at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield Tickets priced at £40 go on sale on Friday, September 9, at 9am.

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. Reach Out (I’ll be there)” and It’s All In The Game from the Four Tops and 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 currently in the band, carrying its important legacy.

The Tavares brothers started performing together when the youngest was only nine, 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 three 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.

Sixties 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.

Tickets for the Four Tops and The Temptations with special guests Tavares and The Crystals are £40 – a booking fee may apply, are available in person at the Arena box office, by phone on 0114 256 5656 and online at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk.