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Live from the USA - two Motown legends in one concert
Two legendary Motown groups for the price of one. The Four Tops and The Temptations are coming together for an amazing UK tour in 2020. And fans of Motown music in Birmingham will be thrilled to hear that this special concert is coming to their city. The Four Tops and The Temptations will be returning to the UK in November 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 8-date concert tour in October and November, which includes a date at the Birmingham Arena on November 4.

Four Tops, The Temptations
The Four Tops and The Temptations come together in special concert

Duke Fakir said: "We are thrilled to be coming back to the UK. 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 70's, including meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury to recording our Live at London's Talk of the Town album." Among the timeless Four Tops' classics that need little, or no, introduction are 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. They later 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 Four Tops were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990

The Four Tops
The Four Tops will be performing their classic Motown hits

The Temptations have produced 53 Billboard Hot 100 Hit singles, including the likes of Just My Imagination, Papa Was a Rollin' Stone, and My Girl. Additionally, they released 43 Top 10 R&B hit singles, 14 of which were No.1 R&B hits, including timeless classics such as Ain't Too Proud to Beg, Beauty is Only Skin Deep, and I Wish It Would Rain. Otis Williams, the sole surviving original Temptation, Ron Tyson, a lead vocalist for 37 years, Terry Weeks, a lead vocalist for 23 years, and Willie Greene, Jr., vocalist with the group for four years, are still serenading fans with their soulful voices, lighting up stages with their famous Temptations' Walk, and bringing joy to audiences of all ages. Otis Williams said: "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 our tour."

The Temptations
The Temptations will feature original member Otis Williams

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 go onsale at 9am on Friday 6th December from:, 24-hour ticket line 0844 888 9991, or from the venues direct.
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Why? Two legends of Motown come together in one concert tour
When: October 29 to November 8
Phone: 0844 888 9991
Where: Birmingham Arena, King Edwards Road, Birmingham B1 2AA
Cost: Price of shows vary
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