The Four Tops and The Temptations set to make a joyous return with a tour in November 2020

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.


                            The Four Tops and The Temptations set to make a joyous return with a tour in November 2020
The Four Tops (Source : Getty Images)

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 ’70s, 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, a 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 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.

The 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.” Producing 53 Billboard Hot 100 Hit singles, 43 Top 10 R&B hit singles, a number of which were No.1 hits in the R&B and pop genres, the group is still serenading fans with their soulful voices, lighting up stages with their famous Temptations’ Walk, and entertaining audiences of all ages.

The Four Tops were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and continue to tour regularly led by Duke Fakir, the 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 neighborhood 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."

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 available from: www.ticketline.co.uk, 24-hour ticket line 0844 888 9991, or from the venues direct.

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