Fans are excited to hear that the soul, funk disco mavens are taking to the stage both in the United
States and in Europe. While they are playing a show in the United Kingdom, making it 24 years since the group headed across
the pond, they are also playing shows in the United States. The O'Jays are playing venues like Greensboro Coliseum Complex
in Greensboro, North Carolina, Choctaw Event Center Durant in Durant, Oklahoma and Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona,
and more. Keep a look out on StubHub for new show listings. If you do not see tickets for a venue you near you, continue to
keep your eye on StubHub for one to appear.
The O'Jays has a long history as one of America's
all time favorite soul, fund disco bands. Having been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, it
is do doubt that the O'Jays is legendary. The band initially formed in Canton, Ohio. The members at the time were Eddie, Levert,
Sr., Walter Williams, Sr., William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles. They members named the band after the DJ Eddie O'Jay
who was known in Cleveland. Later, Bill Isles left the band, followed by Bobby Massey who left to pursue a career as a record
producer. The O'Jays became a trio with the remaining artists. Heartbreakingly, William Powell retired due to illness from
which he subsequently passed away at the age of 35. The O'Jays recruited Sammy Strain, who had played with Little Anthony
and the Imperials. The band continued to see changes in its lineup when Strain returned to play with Little Anthony and the
O'Jays replaced him with Nathaniel Best until he left and was replayed by Eric Nolan Grant. The current members of the O'Jays
are Eddie Levert, Walter Williams and Eric Grant. The list of former members includes: Bill Isles, Bobby Massey, William Powell,
Sammy Strain, and Nathaniel Best. While it seems like a relatively long list of former members, there is a strong bond between
Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, as they have known one another since hey were young boys. The O'Jays have a number of singles
that have sold more than one million copies. They include: "Back Stabbers,' "Love Train," "For the Love of Money," "I Love
Music" and "Use Ta Be My Girl."
Once Grant joined the band, the O'Jays released the
album Love You To Tears. It was such a phenomenal album that it topped the charts. According to Levert, " Eric was the ideal
person for the O'Jays because eh was used to working within the group. He has really a shoe-in, and he fit perfectly. With
his addition, we have been able to keep our performances at a level that we're used to having stage wise and in the studio."
While the O'Jays had already made a name for themselves locally, they branched out across the United States and abroad. The
O'Jays have an impressive body of work that crosses state lines and includes 24 top ten records with 59 songs that have charted.
The success has continued over the years with a chart-topper in 2002 and an album that was nominated for a Grammy Award. The
awards to not end there, a number of television shows and organizations keep asking for them.
O'Jays have not kept their talent focused on music, as they have also expanded into acting and writing. The O'Jays were in
the Cuba Gooding, Jr. film "The Fighting Temptations." The film also included Beyoncé Knowles, Angie Stone, L'il Zane,
Melba Moore and Montell Jordan. In addition to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction, the band has received BET's Lifetime
Achievement Award. Both Eddie and Water believe that the O'Jays are their primary love, which is likely why they continue
to garner so much attention. As Eddie Levert explained, in an interview with The Quietus, about the O'Jays longevity, "It's
because I love what I do and I love people loving what I do. When I see people loving it as much as I do, this has a positive
effect on me. Music has a therapeutic effect […] No matter what pain I'm feeling, the minute the announcer says, 'The
O'Jays and I walk on stage, the pain is gone, the trouble that I was worried about is then put on the back-burner and for
the next 70 or 90 minutes when we're on stage, all of that pain, all of that confrontation, all of the blues, all of that
goes away and I'm just focusing on the music and on having a good time."
Music is clearly an important part of the O'Jays
lives and always has been. They traveled all over the United States playing music with other artists. They even spent time
in California, spending time with Jan, Dean and The Beach Boys. There they explored "beach music" like "Lipstick Traces" and
"Lonely Drifter." There are some great influences and peers from which the O'Jays honed their music and satiated their love
for the art.
O'Jays Live Show Experience
The shows are known for exuding energy, making each performance
dynamic and special. The vocals astound audiences with the impeccable skill, while the lyrics speak to social and political
issues that are prevalent throughout the world. The stage is a perfect pairing for the O'Jays, as they are a musical act that
never disappoints no matter a national or international audience. It has for years been the act that blows all the others
out of the water. After all these years, the band continues to go out on the road to play live shows and they continue to
receive praise from fans, critics and media alike. Audiences should be prepared for a cross-generational mix within their
fellow concert attendees as they appeal to all ages. The O'Jays noted that they are older now, so those who remember seeing
them in their younger years will notice that they are not dancing as hard. Nevertheless, they will still be dancing.