Martha Reeves and the Vandellas @ The Arches
During a period where it is near impossible to read the latest music news without the words “reformed” and “reunion tour” making an appearance, one of the biggest fears about classic artists taking to the stage for one final fling is that over time the voice will have naturally deteriorated. It is with credit then to Martha Reeves that she has kept on performing for over fifty years without falter and at the remarkable age of seventy, could out perform any number of today’s younger generation.
Taking to the stage in a dazzling red dress, Miss Reeves was as glamorous and as sassy as ever as she effortlessly enchanted the audience with hit after glorious hit. As for the minority who were initially weary of letting loose, that was all pushed aside as soon as the unmistakable drums of Nowhere to Run kicked in. Jimmy Mack was a particular highlight as Martha and her wonderful band took the audience on a thrilling journey through some of the most iconic Motown and pop songs to have ever been produced. Songs such as Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things) and Come and Get These Memories continued to cement her reputation as one of the best in the “business”, continuously reminding the adoring audience just how influential and important the music of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas was and still is today. As if that wasn’t enough, Martha and her band performed (Love is Like a) Heatwave and Dancing in the Street back to back, almost tearing the roof off a packed out Arches in the process.
It’s not every day you get to see such an iconic and influential figure of Motown perform in your hometown, let alone witnessing them perform a blistering and remarkable set of classic songs forty to fifty years after their release. But when that day does come, it is one of the most memorable and overwhelming days imaginable.