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Past Shows

Sat. March 30th 2013
The Vogue Theatre (All Ages)
The Specials, Little Hurricane
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Fri. March 29th 2013
The Commodore Ballroom (No Minors)
The Specials, Little Hurricane

The Specials

Unknown - Confirmed: Jan. 31, 2013 (Awaiting Update)
other sites: wikipedia

from Coventry United Kingdom

The Specials (sometimes called The Special AKA) are an English 2 Tone ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry, England. Their music combines a "danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude", and had a "more focused and informed political and social stance" than other ska groups. The band wore mod-style "1960s period rude boy outfits (pork pie hats, tonic and mohair suits, and loafers)." In 1980, the song "Too Much Too Young", the lead track on their The Special AKA Live! EP, reached number one in the UK. In 1981, the unemployment-themed single "Ghost Town" also hit number one in the UK Singles Chart. After seven consecutive UK Top 10 singles between 1979 and 1981, the band broke up. Their 1983 song "Apartheid activists. Afterwards, Dammers then dissolved the band and pursued political activism.

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Current Lineup

NameRoleDates
Lynval Goldingrhythm guitar, vocals1977-present
Horace Panterbass guitar1977-present
Terry Hallvocals and songwriting1977-present
Neville Staple1977-present
Roddy Radiationlead guitar, vocals1978-present
John Bradburydrums1979-present
Jon Readtrumpet1996-present
Adam Birchtrumpet1996-present
Tim Smarttrombon2008-present
Drew Stansallsaxophone2008-present
Nik Torpkeyboards2008-present
Status: Unknown
- Last confirmed Jan. 31, 2013