From the car wash to the Regent

BETWEEN them they created some of the biggest hits to carve up dance floors across the world in the seventies and eighties and now they're back.

BETWEEN them they created some of the biggest hits to carve up dance floors across the world in the 1970s and 80s – and now they are back.

Rose Royce, Odyssey and The Real Thing have reunited for the first time in six years to head out on the road. The Back Together Again UK tour arrives at the Ipswich Regent on February 21 next year.

It will be the first time in more than 20 years that Odyssey will feature both sisters from the original line-up, Lillian and Louise Lopez, performing with Al Jackson.

Rose Royce dominated the charts through the 70s and early 80s with tracks ranging from the funky Car Wash to haunting ballad Wishing on a Star.

Their songs have been covered by artists including Madonna, Jimmy Nail and Jay Z, they have played to sell out crowds around the world and have gained more than 200 gold, silver and platinum discs. And they don't stop, with a new album set for release next year.

Odyssey enjoyed their first hit, Native New Yorker, in 1977 but it was three years later that they scored their first number one. Use It Up And Wear It Out spent four months in the charts and became number one in 27 countries worldwide. The band also had hits with If You're Looking For A Way Out, Magic Touch and Going Back To My Roots.

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Completing the touring line-up are The Real Thing, the UK's own pioneers of the disco sound. Fronted by Eddie and Chris Amoo they are one of a unique group of artists to hit the top ten with the same songs on three separate occasions. Those tracks were Can't Get By Without You, Can You Feel The Force and You To Me Are Everything, which also reached number one and has proved the band's biggest selling song to date.

n The Back Together Again tour comes to Ipswich on February 21. Tickets are £17.50 and £19.50 available at the central box office, Princes Street, Ipswich, calling 01473 433100 or online at: