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Temptations Mark 60th Anniversary Year With National, International Tours

The itinerary includes an autumn tour of the UK with fellow Motown giants the Four Tops.

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Photo: Jay Gilbert, courtesy of UMe

Soul pioneers the Temptations will mount national US and international tours in celebration of their 60th anniversary this year. The full list of dates can be seen on their website. A busy 2020 itinerary continues on Sunday (26) at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, FL, with concerts scheduled through much of the year.

The Motown giants were confirmed by Billboard in 2017 as the No. 1 R&B/hip-hop artists of all time. In 2018, they released the new, widely-praised studio set All The Time, the group’s first in eight years. On stage, they continue to delight audiences with the countless hits that helped to write the history of soul music, such as ‘My Girl,’ ‘Get Ready,’ ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,’ ‘Beauty Is Only Skin Deep,’ ‘I Wish It Would Rain’ and so many more.

The modern-day roll call of the Temptations continues to feature the group’s sole surviving original member, Otis Williams, who continues to be an indefatigable powerhouse at the age of 78. He is joined by Ron Tyson, who has been a lead vocalist with the group for 37 years; Terry Weeks, who has 23 years in the group to his name; and Willie Greene, Jr., bass vocalist with the Tempts for four years.

The Temptations’ datebook currently shows extensive touring in the United States from March through June. On 29 October, they will start a previously-confirmed tour of the UK with the present-day line-up of the Four Tops, who feature their own surviving co-founder, Abdul ‘Duke’ Fakir. He is joined by Ronnie McNeir, Lawrence Payton Jr (the son of Duke’s fellow original Top) and Joseph Alex Morris.

Beyond the Temptations’ 60th anniversary year, Christmas 2021 will see their hit Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud returning to the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC. It ran there in previews, among other locations, in 2018 before opening at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway in February 2019. It was announced in May 2019 that the show will start a national US tour in July 2020 at the Providence Performing Arts Centre in Providence, Rhode Island.

Listen to the best of the Temptations on Apple Music and Spotify.

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