We are proud to announce that 2009 will see the live return of Coventry’s finest, The Specials.
One of the most important bands in the history of popular music and recognised as one of the greatest live bands the world has ever seen have been the subject of continuous rumours and demands for their reformation since their split in 1981. 

It would be impossible to overstate the importance of The Specials to the UK music scene.  Despite a brief career, the Coventry band lit up the late 70’s like a comet, their melding of punk and ska creating the 2-tone sound that is still today is held up as an influence by bands across the world. Now, thirty years since the release of their debut single, ‘Gangsters’,  The Specials will take to the road for a UK tour starting in April.  
Over two studio albums, The Specials scored eight top ten singles, including two number ones for the ‘Too Much Too Young’ live EP and the era defining ‘Ghost Town’, two Top 5 albums and spawned a retrospective list of compilation and live albums from official releases to much sought after bootlegs. The band were rightly regarded as the starting point of the ska scene that swept the UK through 1978 and, in many ways, were emblematic of their times, their songs dealing with the confusion of a country in industrial decline whilst struggling to come to terms with multi-culturalism and a new creed which became known as Thatcherism. Their re-emergence into a Britain teetering on the edge of recession and still plagued by the same divisions and problems that they so memorably highlighted in ‘Ghost Town’ could not seem more apt, the songs from ‘The Specials’ and ‘More Specials’ seeming as relevant today as they did 30 years ago.

"nothing ever change" Do Nothing – The Specials

Live in 2009

22 April    NEWCASTLE, Academy        0844 477 2000 *
23 April    SHEFFIELD, Academy        0844 477 2000 *
25 April    BIRMINGHAM, Academy        0844 477 2000 **
26 April    BIRMINGHAM, Academy        0844 477 2000
28 April    GLASGOW, Academy        08444 999 990
  3 May    MANCHESTER, Apollo        08444 777 677
  6 May    LONDON, Brixton Academy        0844 477 2000
  7 May    LONDON, Brixton Academy        0844 477 2000

Tickets go on sale 9am Thursday 11th December priced £32.50 in advance except London £35.
24 hr CC Hotline: 0871 2200 260 / online:
Doors 7pm except * tbc and ** 6pm.

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Following his ‘Attack’ on Bloc Party Johnny Rotten Leaves Duffy In Tears!!

Legendary singer Johnny Rotten Lydon launched a volley of ear-splitting abuse at rising singer-songwriter Duffy at the recent Mojo music awards.

The former Sex Pistol frontman was speaking to reporters backstage when the Welsh singer approached him from behind to give him a hug, reports the Daily Express.

The Sex Pistols frontman was said to have then flown into a rage, whipping round to face the 23-year-old and snarling, "You never, ever do that to me.

"Holding back tears, Duffy, who scooped the song of the year award with Mercy, fled from the scene, while Lydon, 52, declared to journalists the scene was like a "bad advert for binge drinking".

One of the insiders of the awards, who witnessed the clash at London venue The Brewery, said: Duffy came walking through the double doors into the room where all the photographs of the winners were being taken.

At that time Lydon had his back to her. But as she walked past he swung his arm around before he pinned her against the wall. She giggled a bit at first, thinking he was having a laugh, but then realised he was serious.

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The Julien Temple directed documentray on Canvey Island rockers Dr Feelgood is apparently now complete. Compiled from hours of live footage and interviews with all the bands members through the years it promises to bea great insight into one of the UKs gretest ever rock n roll bands. Expect a release in mid 2009.  

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