When Martha Reeves plays in Southsea this coming Wednesday, it is almost 49 years to the day since she played in the city at the end of the era-defining first Motown Revue tour of the UK.
The soul diva is bringing her Vandellas to the Kings Theatre in Southsea on Wednesday, when they will be playing hits such as Heat Wave, Jimmy Mack, and Dancing in the Street.
And she’s promising to put on a good show when the band hit town.
She says: ‘We have a great band, led by my long-time drummer, Larry Crockett, who is from New York, but based in Paris. Our keyboard player is also Parisian, and the other guys are from Scotland and England.
‘We do a lot of songs that we only do in the UK, like No One There, and I have a couple of other surprises.
‘I also always come out to meet with fans after the show. Sometimes that one-on-one time is longer than the show itself, but it is important to me. I would not be where I am if it wasn’t for the fans, so I appreciate them.
‘We ended our first Motown Revue of the UK in Portsmouth on April 12, 1965, now I’m back again almost 49 years to the day, so let’s make some new memories.
‘I love audiences in the UK. They know all the songs and all of the words. They sing and they dance and they come to have a good time.
‘My favourite place is onstage, whether it is a large arena, a theatre or a small club, giving and receiving the love that Motown has afforded us.’
This year also sees the 50th anniversary of Dancing in the Street, and Martha has been back in the studio recording new material.
Tickets are £25.50, concessions available, doors at 7.30pm. Go to kings-southsea.com or call (023) 9282 8282.