THE TEMPTATIONS KEEPING MOTOWN SOUL ALIVE
Through Changing Times, Members Remain Inspired
Grand Rapids- For more than fifty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits and sold-out performances throughout the world. Today, one industry report claims The Temptations' "crowds are bigger, the sales are sizzling. The outpouring of affection for this super-group has never been greater." Watch this iconic group as they perform DeVos Performance Hall on Sunday, October 20 at 7:30pm.
The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. It wasn't until 1964 however, that the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced "The Way You Do the things You Do" turned the guys into stars.
An avalanche of hits followed, many like "My Girl," for instance, attained immortality. The catalogue includes, "It's Growing," "Since I Lost My Baby," "Get Ready," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "Beauty Is only Skin Deep," and "I Wish It Would Rain."
The classic lineup was Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin. Beyond the fabulous singing, The Temps became known for smooth stepping and flawless presentations. The Temptations Walk became a staple of American style, flair, flash and class. Millions of fans saw their Temptations as cultural heroes.
Through the years, their style, intensity and singers have gone through changes, yet they still remain true to The Temptations' traditions because their music stands as the core of their group and "great singing," says Otis Williams, "will always prevail."
"Our challenge," says Williams, "is to live in the present while respecting the past. Our past is filled with riches only a fool would discard. At the same time, we thrive on competition. As a Motowner, I grew up in the most competitive musical atmosphere imaginable. But we also understand that for a group with history, no matter how glorious that history might be, reinvention is the name of the game."
The current lineup consists of: Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon, Bruce Williamson.
Tickets are $49.50 and $39.50 and went on sale Friday, July 26th . Tickets are available at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone: 800-745-3000.
DeVos Performance Hall is managed by SMG. Since 1977, SMG has provided management services to more than 220 public assembly facilities worldwide, including arenas, stadiums, theatres and performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, convention, congress and exhibition centers, science centers and a variety of other venues. Across the globe, SMG manages more than 12 million square feet (1.2 million square meters) of exhibition space and over 1.5 million arena and theatre seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and cateringcompany SAVOR, currently serving more than 100 accounts worldwide. SMG has managed Van Andel Arena since 1996 and DeVos Place since 1994. For additional company information, visit smgworld.com.