Review: The Supremes live at Theatre by QE2

The famed Motown band belt out all the hits

Review: The Supremes live at Theatre by QE2

In a flourish of keyboards and a dazzle of sequins, The Supremes saunter on stage with all the star quality you'd expect from such a legendary band.

Okay, this isn't Dianne Ross, Mary WIlson and Florence Ballard, but this incarnation of the Motown megastars is no tribute act.

And could there be a more fitting venue for this night of nostalgia than the QE2? We think not.

The group, ably backed by a musical director from the US and a pick-up band of musicians based in the UAE, are now lead by Scherrie Payne who joined The Supremes in 1973 and sang on the trio's final three albums.

By her side are Susaye Green (a former singer with Ray Charles' Raelettes and Stevie Wonder's Wonderlove) and Joyce Vincent, a former Motown backing singer who came close to joining The Supremes alongside Green and Payne in the late '70s.

Anyone who has heard any songs at all in the past 50 years will know this group's big hits, they sold more than 20 million singles, after all. And event the most casual fans will have been able to sing along to tunes including You Keep Me Hanging On, Where Did Our Love Go and Baby Love.

More diehard followers would recognise the likes of, Reflections, Up The Ladder To The Roof and Nothing But Heartaches as well as massive renditions of Stop! In The Name of Love and You Can't Hurry Love (introduced with a knowing wink as a Phil Collins song).

With some lovely between-song stories about the trio's history and that of The Supremes and a few numbers from their careers outside of the group, this was a brilliant all-round performance, costume changes and all.

We'd love to be at the second show tonight (Thursday September 12) and relive it all again.
From Dhs180. Sep 12. QE2, Port Rashid, www.otbuae.com.

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