It may have been more than 25 years since Alan Parker made the world fall in love with a band of assorted misfits in his hilarious, stunningly soundtracked and award-hoovering movie masterpiece The Commitments, but that doesn’t mean anyone’s fire has gone out.
Far from it, in fact. Since 1993, The Stars of the Commitments, featuring original cast-members and top musical talents, have accumulated a host of famous fans (see bottom right) and performed more than 1,000 shows to hundreds of thousands of people across the world. And now, this month, they’re here to rock yours.
“Qatar is a beautiful part of the world,” bandmember Ken MClusky tells us. “We played here several years ago, and it was fantastic. We are planning a great show and hope the audience will join in, especially for the chorus of Mustang Sally. Remember, it’s ‘Ride Sally Ride...’”
Along with the iconic Sally, the energetic nine-piece band (“two girls and seven guys,” they note) will also deliver a set list of knockout tracks, including everything from In the Midnight Hour, I Can’t Stand the Rain, Treat Her Right and, of course, Try a Little Tenderness.
“Try a Little Tenderness has always remained a classic, no matter how times we’ve performed it,” says McClusky. “And the Middle East is such a fantastic place to perform in, that we just can’t wait.”
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Famous fans Of the band
“We did a show in LA’s The House of Blues and Dan Aykroyd said we were the best soul review he’d ever seen. That was great, especially as it came from one of the founding members of The Blues Brothers.”
George W. Bush
“We performed at the Capitol Building in Washington DC. It was really nerve-wracking, but once the nerves settled we had a great time. Then we got a photo taken with President George W. Bush.”
“We played in Sao Paolo. That was an amazing event, to perform in front of 100,000 people was something that has always stayed in our mind. It was just an endless sea of people!”