I must be living under a rock. Oh wait. No, I just live in the States.
Coventry’s best ever band, The Specials, played Birmingham’s O2 Academy a few months back as part of their 30th anniversary reunion tour. Dave Musson was the sole photographer on hand to document the show, and he’s got a spiffy post up on his photo blog with with some great images, and there’s a full review at
I’ve never seen the Specials or Terry Hall perform live, and I hope they make it to this side of the pond sometime soon. I’ve been a huge fan since the early 80’s and would welcome the chance to see these guys live. It was almost the entire original lineup – Terry Hall, Neville Staple, Roddy Radiation, Sir Horace Gentleman, John Bradbury and Lynval Golding, all original members, took part in the reunion.
They’ve also recently announced a series of dates in November as well.
Setlist, November tourdates and video after the jump for you true rude boys (and girls!)
Setlist: The Specials at Birmingham’s O2 Academy
Do the Dog
Dawning of a New Era
It’s Up To You
Doesn’t Make It Alright
Man @ C&A
Message to You
You’re Wondering Now
Too Much Too Young
Live in 2009
1 November CARDIFF Arena 02920 224488
2 November BRIDLINGTON Spa 01262 678258
4 November BLACKPOOL Empress Ballroom 0871 2200 260
5 November PLYMOUTH Pavilion 0845 1461460
7 November MARGATE Winter Gardens 01843 292 795
9 November WOLVERHAMPTON Civic 0870 320 7000
12 November EDINBURGH Corn Exchange 08444 999 990
18 November SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351135
19 November BRIGHTON Centre 0844 847 1515
21 November NOTTINGHAM Rock City 08713 100000
22 November NOTTINGHAM Rock City 08713 100000
24 November LONDON Hammersmith Apollo 08448 444748
25 November LONDON Hammersmith Apollo 08448 444748
Tickets go on sale 9am Friday 12th June priced £32.50 in advance except London £35.
24 hr CC Hotline: 0871 2200 260 / online: www.gigsandtours.com
Actually it’s Birmingham Live but we’ll let you off 😉