The Four Tops and the Temptations – a bit before my time they were the founding fathers of the 60s Motown sound so not my usual Saturday night out. But like it or not songs like ‘My Girl’ and ‘I’m Gonna Make you love Me’ have somehow become iconic over the last half century…albeit in a slightly cheesy, over lapelled kind of way. So it was off the Motorpoint Arena for me to see at least one or two members of those original, legendary line-ups.
The pit was a bit sparse – just me and one other and it wasn’t a full house – although it did look pretty full because unused areas had been curtained off and the stage moved forward. Under the circumstances we were allowed to stay for the whole show – a rare treat.
The Crystals came on first. All glamour and sporting spangly LBDs they delivered a selection of classic hits. I would tell you what they were….they are all very familiar to R2 listeners… but played one after the other it is quite hard to distinguish between them.
The audience got in the swing albeit in a fairly low-key fashion. There was certainly little danger of any crowd surfing. So Security used the time productively, joining us in replicating some of the stylised moves being demonstrated on stage.
Next up Tavares – who practically glowed up there in their all white suits.
The Four Tops were announced three times before they finally made it on to the stage looking as if they’d arrived on a Las Vegas style cruise liner. However, they were good value and before long everyone was on their feet, more or less.
And finally, headlining, the Temptations came on looking like a tangerine dream although the suits had clearly been fitted to the largest member of the group…
All in all though, nothing can detract from the fact that this was a rockin’ good night out. Hugely entertaining, slick delivery and the backing band who stayed on throughout were absolutely brilliant. I left at half ten, humming Sugar Pie Honey Bunch to myself as I chassayed rhythmically into the night.