For the past 40 years, The Specials have been bringing the sweet, frenetic pace of ska reggae to the masses.
When it comes to ska here in America, many listeners credit the English Beat as the band that brought the once-nitch genre to the forefront. While the English Beat certainly gave it marketing power in the States, it was The Specials that really paved the way for many ska acts to make it in the big time.
Now, 40 years after their formation, The Specials are still going strong, keeping the spirit of this great genre alive and well for a new generation of listeners to enjoy. To celebrate their 40th anniversary, the band will set off of a world tour in late March, as sort of a toast to the years they have been belting out some of the best tunes in the genre.
It is fitting that The Specials will kick off their golden tour in Europe, the birthplace of ska and where the sound really took off. There is a special place in the hearts of fans that they have for The Specials, who were formed in 1977 and have made such iconic hits as 1980’s “Too Much Too Young,” and the following year’s “Ghost Town,” both of which would reach number one on the UK charts.
For the purpose of this article, only the North American dates will be listed. For world dates, click here, and always keep in mind that all dates and venues are subject to change.
May 23 -- Seattle, WA -- The Showbox (Tickets)
May 27 -- Las Vegas, NV -- Punk Rock Bowling & Music
June 1 -- Los Angeles, CA -- The Novo (Tickets)
June 5 -- Denver, CO -- Ogden Theatre (Tickets)
June 14 -- Brooklyn, NY -- Brooklyn Steel (Tickets)