Coventry’s finest The Specials have announced a European and UK tour for Autumn 2011, tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 3rd December 2010.
When The Specials kicked off the first night of their sold out 30th Anniversary tour in April 2009 nobody could have realised just how incredible these live shows would be, and the utterly amazing reaction of fans around the world. The audiences were packed with music lovers who had waited since 1981 to revisit this stunning band alongside Specials ‘virgins’ who had never had the chance to see them live. When the curtains dropped and Terry Hall, Lynval Golding, Neville Staple, Roddy Byers, Horace Panter and John Bradbury exploded on stage to ‘Do The Dog’ dancehalls up and down the country erupted with young and old stomping as if their lives depended on it.
The band toured the world following these dates, performing in 13 European countries, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan . They played several festivals including a memorable Glastonbury appearance, Coachella in California and live TV appearances including Letterman in the US & Jools Holland’s Later (not forgetting a joyous homecoming celebration at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry). At the Q Awards in October 2009 they picked up the Inspiration Award and the Outstanding Contribution to Music at the NME Awards the following February. They played the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust run of shows and released a live DVD of their performance at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
The irony of The Specials heading out round the UK 30 years after the release of legendary number one hit single ‘Ghost Town’ will not be lost on people living in a country in turmoil facing the harshest cuts from a right wing government in a generation. However these shows will only reinforce their reputation for stellar live performances and reintroduce fans new and old to the classic songs from their legendary two albums.
15 September – AMSTERDAM, Paradiso
16 September – COPENHAGEN, Vega
18 September – STOCKHOLM, Circus
19 September – BERLIN, Astra
21 September – MUNICH, Backstage
22 September – MILAN, Alcatraz
24 September – COLOGNE, E Werk
25 September – HAMBURG, Grosse Freiheit
27 September – PARIS, Olympia
28 September – BRUSSELS, Ancienne Belgique
11 October – WOLVERHAMPTON, Civic Hall
12 October – WOLVERHAMPTON, Civic Hall
14 October – MANCHESTER, Apollo
16 October – HULL, Arena
18 October – GLASGOW, SECC
21 October – NOTTINGHAM, Arena
23 October – PLYMOUTH, Pavilions
24 October – CHELTENHAM, Racecourse
25 October – BRIGHTON, Centre
27 October – BOURNEMOUTH, International Centre
28 October – CARDIFF, International Arena
29 October – COVENTRY, Ricoh Arena
3 November – LONDON, Alexandra Palace
Tickets go on sale Friday 3rd December at 9am priced £35 in advance for all UK shows (please check www.thespecials.com for other dates).