The Specials to perform in Leeds
Updated: 27 February
The Specials have added a Leeds date to their 2014 tour. The 80s legends are proving to be as popular as ever and will now perform at the O2 Academy Leeds on 10 November 2014.
The Specials tour
Updated: 24 February 2014
The Specials tour has been extended due to huge demand to see the Ska legends. The Specials have added a second Nottingham and Glasgow date to their tour.
The Specials will now start their tour on 31 October at Rock City in Nottingham. They will then head to Belfast, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, London, Brighton, Bournemouth and Wolverhampton before heading back to Nottingham for their final tour date on 22 November.
The Specials tour dates
Rock City, Nottingham (31)
Olympia Theatre Dublin (3)
Ulster Hall, Belfast (4)
Glasgow Barrowland (6, 7)
O2 Academy Newcastle (9)
O2 Academy Leeds (10)
Manchester Apollo (11)
The Roundhouse, London (13, 14)
Brighton Dome (17)
O2 Academy Bournemouth (18)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (20)
Rock City, Nottingham (22)
About The Specials
The Specials, who formed in Coventry in 1977, were a huge factor in the Ska revival and are known for their political and social stance particularly in issues of race and unemployment.
The band, formed by songwriter/keyboardist Jerry Dammers, vocalist Tim Strickland (who was soon replaced by Terry Hall) guitarist/vocalist Lynval Golding, drummer Silverton Hutchinson and bassist Horace Panter, was originally named Coventry Automatics.
They changed the name to The Special A.K.A when Neville Staple, vocals, and guitarist Roddy Byers joined the band. They first attracted major attention when they opened for The Clash on their On Parole tour.
In 1979 John Bradbury replaced the previous drummer and Jerry Dammers then went on to form the label, 2 Tone, with the name representing the multiracial attitude.
They changed the band name again, this time to The Specials, and released their debut album The Specials in 1979 and their follow up More Specials in 1980 with the label. The albums contain their most notable songs Too Much Too Young, Rat Race and A Message to You, Rudy.
Between 1979 and 1981 The Specials landed seven consecutive top ten singles including Ghost Town, which went to No.1 and focused on the political issues of the time including unemployment and race.
However, Staple, Golding and Hall left The Specials to form Fun Boy Three and in 1984 The Speicals were disbanded by Jerry Dammers.
In 1993 they reformed with different line-ups, minus Jerry Dammers, and enjoyed their 30th anniversary in 2012 with the release of the compilation album More…Or Less The Specials Live. The current band members are Lynval Golding (rhythm guitar and vocals), Horace Panter (bass guitar), Terry Hall (vocals), Ruddy Radiation (lead guitar and vocals), John Bradbury (drums), John Read (trumpet), Time Smart (trombone), Drew Stansall (saxophone) and Nik Torp (keyboards).
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