Reunited 2 Tone-era ska giants The Specials have begun announcing dates for the first leg of this year’s North American tour, confirming shows via their Twitter account in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco on either side of the band’s planned performances at the South By Southwest festival in March.
The band, now touring without original co-vocalist Neville Staple, previously has said the tour will also include West Coast stops in Portland, Ore., Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. The band previously suggested it will return for further dates in the U.S. this August.
UPDATE: We’ve confirmed shows in Pomona, Calif., Santa Barbara, Calif., Seattle, Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, B.C.
The Specials tour dates:
March 11: The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL
March 13: South By Southwest, Austin, TX
March 15: South By Southwest, Austin, TX
March 18: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA
March 19: House of Blues, San Diego, CA
March 20: Fox Theater, Pomona, CA
March 22: Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA
March 23: The Warfield, San Francisco, CA
March 26: Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
March 27: Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
March 29: The Commodore, Vancouver, B.C.
March 30: The Vogue, Vancouver, B.C.
May 10: Barrowland, Glasgow, UK
May 13: O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK
May 15: O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK
May 18: Olympia, Liverpool, UK
May 19: De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK
May 21: O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
May 23: Centre, Newport, UK
May 25: Winter Gardens, Margate, UK
May 26: Guildhall, Portsmouth, UK
May 28: O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS:
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- The Specials announce 23-date tour of Europe, U.K. for next fall
- Terry Hall: The Specials to tour in 2011, play debut, ‘More Specials’ live
- The Specials cancel New York SummerStage concert, plan U.S. tour in 2011
- The Specials add Los Angeles, Toronto dates to short April tour of North America