Gladys Knight and the Pips are on tour, bringing the beloved sounds of Motown back out on the road for another amazing around of performances. The legendary diva who once outplayed Diana Ross is playing dates inAustraliaand throughout theUnited States, two regions of the world with a deep appreciation for the Motown era and for one of the era’s biggest acts. Gladys Knight tickets are going to make plenty of the singer, the backup band, and the era’s biggest fans very happy.
The diva began her time in the sun in the early 1950s. Almost a decade later she would start a group with sister, brother, and cousins. This family band became known as the Pips. The Pips had a hit with “Every Beat of My Heart”. Gladys Knight took the lead and the Pips followed her lead by 1965. Like many bands of the Motown at the time, the goal seemed to be hit singles for radio play instead of full-length albums. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” would be the first number one hit and would lead to a chance to tour and spread their influence.
Gladys Knight and the Pips would open for Diana Ross and the Supremes. Diana Ross, the first Motown diva, had met her match, Motown’s second diva. Diana Ross complained that Gladys Knight and the Pips were stealing the show and soon she jettisoned the group from the tour. The band proved too good to be put down by a simple star’s request. They would release more hits like “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)” and would eventually leave Motown Records for Buddah. With Buddah, the group had its biggest hits. “Midnight Train toGeorgia” would be the enduring legacy and “I Feel a Song (In My Heart)” would perhaps put Gladys in diva position number one at the time.
She remains diva number one in the hearts and minds of many and she is on tour with the Pips as always. Gladys Knight and the Pips concert tickets will along much longer but with fewer and fewer performances the chances to enjoy her performances live are dwindling.