Live4ever photographer Andy Crossland captured another brilliant gallery last night as The Specials rolled into London for a gig at the London Brixton Academy which closed out their tour of the UK. Check it out below:
The Specials will continue their topsy-turvy reunion into next year after confirming a May 2013 tour.
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As well as being the lead guitarist in one of the most inspiring bands ever, Roddy ‘Radiation’ Byers of The Specials is also a grafter. Starting out in 1975, Roddy has never stopped writing or performing with a host of groups and projects he’s put together down the years, making him as hard working as he is influential. Chatting to the Live4ever Ezine, he tells us how he got his name, gives his thoughts on Jerry Dammers‘ new project, and discusses the upcoming Specials tour this September.
Reformed 2 Tone band The Specials have announced details of a large European tour to commence next September.
Legendary 2-Tone band The Specials have told digital radio station BBC 6Music they could record new material following a successful reunion in 2008.
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The Specials have announced two dates in the US in April – their first US gigs since 1980.
The band, who were at the forefront of the British New Wave/Ska scene in the the early Eighties, are set to appear at the legendary Coachella festival on April 16th, before moving on to New York for a show at the city’s Terminal 5 venue on April 21st, reports Brooklyn Vegan.
Ian said that he would reform The Stone Roses only if he was reduced to “begging on the streets”.
Brown is scheduled to play on the Main Stage at this weekend’s Reading And Leeds Festivals explains he’s disheartened by bands who reunite simply to cash in on their former glories.
“Maybe if you see me begging on the streets you might find me doing The Stone Roses the next day,” he said. “We did it because we wanted to change the world, we didn’t do it because we wanted to be millionaires.”
Speaking to the NME Brown admitted that there were a couple of exceptions to the reunion rule.
“I was glad when the Sex Pistols got back because they never really got paid,” he explained. He added that he was also pleased The Specials together again.
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