Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074, Stafford, United States
2021: The O’Jays – The Last Word Tour: Houston, TX. (NEW DATE)
This event has been rescheduled to Date
Fri • Mar 26, 2021 • 8:30 PM
Original tickets will be honored
Due to the mandate of the City of Houston for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the May 8th show with The O’Jays is rescheduled to Saturday, September 5th, 2020. Please retain all tickets purchased as they will remain valid for the new date. Rescheduling is in the interest of the health and safety of all Houstonians, our patrons, performing artists, and staff of the Arena Theatre. The health and safety of everyone involved is of paramount importance. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation together we will all get through these difficult and challenging times.
The O’Jays – The Last Word Tour:
Date: Fri • Mar 26, 2021 • 8:30 PM
Show Time: 8:30PM
Tickets: $69 - $150+
There is an overall 8 ticket limit for this event.
Please Note: No Cameras/ iPads
No Refund - No Exchanges - No Reprints
All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.
Artist(s), Date, Time, Price(s) Subject to change with out notice/compensation.
The O’Jays are touring history,a connection to an era and a sound that formed the soundtrack for thelives of several generations. The O’Jays are still hitting the road with the same electrifying energythey’ve had for over 50 years.
Walter Williams and Eddie Levert first met when theywere the ages of 6 and 7 respectively. Asteenagers in Canton, Ohio, they formed a band originally consisting of Eddie Levert, Walter Williams,William Powell, Bobby Massey and Bill Isles. In 1963, the band took the name “The O’Jays” in tribute toCleveland radio disc jockey Eddie O’Jay. Several members have changed, but the core, original leadsingers Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, continue to front the group.
In 1972, Gamble & Huff, a team of producers and songwriters with whom the O’Jays had been workingfor several years, signed the group to their Philadelphia International label. With this magic formula,often called The Sound of Philadelphia, The O’Jays scored the first number 1 and million-seller,“Backstabbers.” Subsequently, they succeeded with various chart-topping pop and R&B singles including“Love Train”, “Put Your Hands Together”, “For The Love of Money”, “I Love Music”, “Darlin’ Darlin’Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love)”, “Livin’ For The Weekend” and “Use Ta Be My Girl.” This success propelledThe O’Jays to be the first black vocal group to perform in arenas throughoutAmerica during the 70s and80s.
Eddie and Walter have a rare lifelong bond that few of us will ever experience; friends and partners foralmost 65 years. “We still appreciateour friendship, dedication to each other and the group and ourlove for good music.” Walter continues, “We probably could have had great solo careers, but I don’tthink either one of us could have ever have been as big as The O’Jays.” Walter Williams could beconsidered a hero as he has battled Multiple Sclerosis or “MS” for 30 years and continues to execute hisdance moves with perfection when performing on-stage with the group. Walter is also a volunteerNational Ambassador for the MS Society and a spokesperson for MS Active Source. Eddie Levert isknown for his raspy voice and has a range that takes him from alto to second tenor. Levert teamed upwith his son Gerald for a duet on “Baby Hold On To Me”, which hit number one on the R&B charts.Eddie has also mentored his very successful sons Gerald and Sean who became majorforces in themusic industry.
The O’Jays were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. They were inducted into the VocalGroup Hall of Fame in 2005 and honored with BET’s Life Time Achievement Award in 2009. In 2013, theywere inducted into The Official R&B Music Hall of Fame. Today, the songs of The O’Jays are still beingused in many movies, commercials and TV shows. “For The Love of Money” continues to be the themesong for “The Apprentice.”
Eddie Levert Sr., Walter Williams Sr. and Eric Nolan Grant, who joined the group in 1995, continue tothrill fans today. Throughout their career The O’Jays have achieved 10 Gold albums, 9 Platinum albumsand 10 #1 hits. It’s been a long journey but thanks to the fans the LOVE TRAIN is still going strong