The Four Tops, The Temptations with support from Odyssey performing at The Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on Thursday 6th October 2022

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

With a combined age that would be to impolite to reveal, Motown legends The Temptations and The Four Tops were supported by Odyssey at the Motorpoint Arena on Thursday night and took the crowd on a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Up first was Odyssey who delivered an energetic and boogie-licious experience. As with many acts of the 70’s era, this version of Odyssey has none of the original members. But keeping the memory alive, they delivered a smooth greatest hits set that included Native New Yorker, Use It Up And Wear It Out before the classic ballad If You’re Looking For A Way Out proved to be a standout highlight.

Sharing the headline spot up next was The Temptations. As with The Four Tops they continue to play to audiences across the globe despite the fact that there is now only one original member in the band.

But the Arena was filled with an audience who have grown up with their songs and as The Temptations opened with Get Ready, the crowd were on their feet belting out the words to the songs right back at them.

Supported by an excellent horn section, their equally slick dance moves, impressive harmonies and bounding enthusiasm kept the audience on their feet as they relentlessly worked their way through a back catalogue of hits that included Ball Of Confusion, Just My Imagination and Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone before My Girl had the crowd swaying and singing along.

With the first note of Loco In Acapulco announcing The Four Tops, there was not a single dip in the crowd’s energy levels. Baby I Need Your Loving saw synchronized dance steps from a group that has perfected their terrific range and style.

There was a soulful rendition of Bernadette and a rollicking version of the quartets It’s The Same Old Song before a dynamic Reach Out I’ll Be There hit the spot.

There was a rocking performance of Standing In The Shadows Of Love before the timeless sounds of Motown was brought to an end with a high energy version of I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch).