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THE SPECIALS kick off UK tour

British 2 Tone ska band THE SPECIALS have kicked off a 15-date tour of the UK in what many fear will be their last ever.

Support at all the shows comes from ska/reggae band BY THE RIVERS.

THE SPECIALS 2011 line-up includes the following original band members:

  • Terry Hall - vocals and songwriting
  • Lynval Golding - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Neville Staple - toasting, backing vocals, percussion
  • Roddy Byers - lead guitar
  • Horace Panter - bass guitar
  • John Bradbury - drums

Jerry Dammers, who is not due to appear live with the reformed band, will be performing with his own SPATIAL AKA ORCHESTRA at the Barbican Centre, London, on 18 November.

THE SPECIALS tour dates include:

  • 11 Oct. - Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
  • 12 Oct. - Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
  • 14 Oct. - O2 Apollo, Manchester
  • 15 Oct. - O2 Apollo, Manchester
  • 16 Oct. - Hull Arena
  • 18 Oct. - SECC, Glasgow
  • 21 Oct. - Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
  • 23 Oct. - Plymouth Pavilions
  • 24 Oct. - Cheltenham Racecourse
  • 25 Oct. - Brighton Centre
  • 27 Oct. - Bournemouth International Centre 
  • 28 Oct. - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
  • 29 Oct. - Ricoh Arena, Coventry
  • 31 Oct. - O2 Academy Brixton, London
  • 3 Nov. - Alexandra Palace, London

The Coventry band came together in 1977 and managed to fuse together the ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude.

 

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