The Temptations, Motorpoint Arena
WITH Tavares and The Crystals also on the bill, this wonderful helping of ‘60s soul legends opened a UK tour to a packed Sheffield venue waiting to party to music from a golden era that still stands up well today.
Maintaining credibility by having at least one original member in their line-up, the action started with The Crystals, still featuring Dee Dee Kenniebrew, Da Doo Ron Ron and Then He Kissed Me giving the crowd a chance to dance.
Tavares, in brilliant white suits and displaying impressive moves, played their ace Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel, but then the Four Tops took to the stage to deafening cheers and trumped that with I’ll Be There and Standing In The Shadows Of Love.
Having had the same line up for over four decades, just Abdul ‘Duke’ Fakir remains to fly the flag, but fly it he did, aided by Lawrence Payton Jnr filling his dad’s shoes on Reach Out and Walk Away Renee.
Although advertised as headliners, the Four Tops passed that mantle to the wonderful Temptations. Clad in bright orange, founder Otis Williams and chums kicked off with I’m Gonna Make You Love Me and the crowd were again on their feet dancing and singing until the lights came on.
They gave us of Ball Of Confusion, Papa Was A Rolling Stone and the wonderful Just My Imagination, featuring breathtaking harmonies which seemed like they couldn’t be topped - before closers My Girl and Cloud Nine did just that.