Tamla Motown came to Motorpoint Arena big style. An older demographic were treated to songs of their youth, me included.
It was a very smooth night with dapper dressing on stage plus in-time ,up market dad dancing on stage or correctly fun granddad dancing.
With so many highlights from The Tavares and The Temptations we can ignore the set from The Four Tops or should I say top in the middle. We were supremely lucky to have had The Temptations headlining last night, everything on stage for their set was “superb”.
The Tavares are brothers and all five of the original line up are alive and well, three of them were with us on stage last night, including both the oldest 76 and the youngest 69, their voices almost as good as in their prime.
The three classics were all received with delight and dancing , ‘Don’t Take Away The Music’, ‘It Only Takes a Minute’ and ‘Heaven Must be Missing an Angel’ all big hits in 1975/76 , I was engaged and newly married at that time so obviously great memories for me personally.
The Temptations to quote a Craig was ‘FAN-TAS-TIC darlings’ from the minute they came on stage to the emotional parting of their take on ‘Silent Night’ every number was beautiful choreographed, sang with not only perfection but with fun and ease. Otis Williams (77) smile lit up the stage he was seemingly delighted to be performing as were they all. The musical director for their slot was outstanding conducting the more than 15 piece band bringing out all the obvious talent.
‘My Girl’ the anthem of The Temptations wasn’t left out; but the highlight was ‘I Wish it Would Rain’ will be unforgettable for anyone who saw it performed last night.
The Temptations leave the UK today after a very successful tour; thousands last night will warmly welcome them back again that’s for sure.
By Ann Taylor
Photos by Andy Tattershall