With the way music is sold changing dramatically over the past few years it seems artists make more money nowadays from touring than they do from CD sales and digital downloads. Live performances are not so much a means to an end now but rather a means in themselves. Back in the Sixties the primary function of a live performance was to promote record sales and when the likes of Stax and Motown artists went on tour they didn’t just go alone – they took the whole label along too.
Here we look at some of our favourite live soul posters from that period and we are pretty awestruck at what a good night out they provided. Anyone fancy seeing The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Junior Walker, The Marvelettes, The (Detroit) Spinners and Kim Weston all on the same night and all for 3 dollars or less? Now that must have been a gig to remember and you’d have had change for a hotdog and some popcorn.