Soul favourites The Real Thing to play in Coventry

The Real Thing will be performing live at Rialto Reborn on Friday, March 31
The Real Thing will be performing live at Rialto Reborn on Friday, March 31

Legendary soul band The Real Thing say they will “elevate fans back in time” when they return to the Coventry stage.

The multi-million record selling group return to the city with a performance at Rialto Reborn on Friday.

Formed in Liverpool in 1972, the group are most famous for their three smash hit singles, Can’t Get by Without You, Can You Feel the Force and genre-defining You to Me Are Everything.

Their success earned them the title of most successful black soul or rock act of the 1970s.

The Real Thing still feature their original three vocalists, brothers Chris and Eddie Amoo, alongside Dave Smith – and have now been touring together for more than 40 years.

In 2016, they played 96 shows in the space of just 10 months, backed by their five-piece band who join them on every tour date.

Eddie, who joined the band in 1975, a year before they enjoyed their meteoric rise to fame, says they aren’t ready to rest even after 40 years on the road.

He said: “You never lose the buzz of playing live. I love it, and we’ve kept our standards high, continuing to develop our show to this day.

“Our show is the opposite of ‘old’ – we get the fans on their feet and we are continually re-working the tracks so they always sound fresh and different.

“We love to perform the hits – they all give the people that electric spark. You can almost see them being elevated back in time but, of course, Children of the Ghetto is our track, that’s our story.”

In 2005, Freeloaders featured The Real Thing on their UK Top 10 hit So Much Love to Give, which meant the band had charted in the top 10 in three separate decades.

The Real Thing have performed all over the world and last year they took on their first ever tour of Australia – but now the group are set to return with a bumper UK tour, including the Rialto Reborn date.

“I grew up in Toxteth in Liverpool, our main social point was a ballroom called the Rialto, so when I was looking at the shows list, the Coventry one really stood out to me,” added Eddie.

“Everyone can expect an evening of boogie, nostalgia and dancing. You’re going to dance your heads off!”

Doors open from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £25.

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