Tag: The Specials

Linkage: Mick Jones plays The Clash, plus Simple Minds, The Sisters of Mercy, JAMC, The Specials

Linkage: Mick Jones plays The Clash, plus Simple Minds, The Sisters of Mercy, JAMC, The Specials

This week’s round-up of click-worthy links includes news about Mick Jones playing Clash songs on a U.K. benefit tour, an interview with Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr via the Stuck in the ’80s podcast, interviews with The Sisters of Mercy and The Jesus and Mary Chain, and news that The Specials’ reunion will continue.

New Peel Sessions compilation features Joy Division, PiL, Simple Minds, XTC from ’77-’79

New Peel Sessions compilation features Joy Division, PiL, Simple Minds, XTC from ’77-’79

EMI this week released the first in a new series of Peel Sessions compilations, a 2CD set called ‘Movement: BBC Radio 1 Peel Sessions 1977–1979’ that compiles recordings by 41 different punk, post-punk, reggae and 2 Tone acts including Joy Division, XTC, The Jam, Simple Minds, The Specials, Public Image Ltd. and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Milestones: The Specials’ ‘Ghost Town’ single released exactly 30 years ago today

Milestones: The Specials’ ‘Ghost Town’ single released exactly 30 years ago today

Thirty years ago today, 2 Tone ska kings The Specials released their landmark single ‘Ghost Town,’ a haunting soundtrack to England’s early-’80s economic despair and civil unrest. Check out several video version of the unforgettable U.K. No. 1 hit.

The Specials announce 23-date tour of Europe, U.K. for next September and October

The Specials announce 23-date tour of Europe, U.K. for next September and October

Reformed 2 Tone-era ska act The Specials this morning announced a lengthy tour of Europe and the band’s native U.K. next fall, a trek that puts the band’s reunion well into a third year.

Terry Hall: The Specials to tour in 2011, play self-titled debut, ‘More Specials’ live

Terry Hall: The Specials to tour in 2011, play self-titled debut, ‘More Specials’ live

The Specials will continue their reunion in 2011 with a ‘lengthy tour’ that will feature the band performing its self-titled 1979 debut and its 1980 follow-up ‘More Specials’ back-to-back, frontman Terry Hall told a Manchester, England, audience last Friday.

Video: The Specials perform ‘Night Klub’ on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’

Reunited 2 Tone ska legends The Specials made their third American late-night TV appearance this year tonight, performing ‘Night Klub’ on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman.’

New releases: Specials live DVD, Gary Numan vinyl box set, Dean & Britta’s Warhol CD

New releases: Specials live DVD, Gary Numan vinyl box set, Dean & Britta’s Warhol CD

This week’s new releases include the U.S. version of The Specials’ ’30th Anniversary Tour’ live DVD; Gary Numan and Tubeway Army’s 4LP ’78/79 Box Set’; and Dean & Britta’s ’13 Most Beautiful… Songs For Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests,’ featuring ex-Galaxie 500 frontman Dean Wareham.

The Specials cancel New York SummerStage concert, plan U.S. tour in early 2011

The Specials cancel New York SummerStage concert, plan U.S. tour in early 2011

Blaming the ever-popular ‘visa issues,’ reunited 2 Tone ska kings The Specials today pulled the plug on their free concert next month in New York City’s Central Park — but announced plans to ‘return to the U.S. in early 2011 for additional dates.’

Video: The Specials play ‘Jimmy Kimmel,’ set North American concerts later this summer

Reunited 2 Tone ska legends The Specials performed ‘Gangsters’ and ‘Nite Klub’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ last night, and have begun setting dates for a late-summer return to North America, with concerts announced so far in New York, New Jersey and Toronto.

Video: The Specials on ABC’s ‘Amplified’

The ABC News web music series Amplified today posted a nearly eight-minute segment on The Specials, presumably filmed last week while the reunited ska legends were in New York City for a pair of shows to cap off their very brief U.S. tour.

The Specials postpone Toronto show, planning more North American dates in August

The Specials postpone Toronto show, planning more North American dates in August

Citing ‘an emergency medical ailment,’ The Specials have postponed tonight’s Toronto concert — but not this week’s New York City gigs — until August, when the band will return to North America for more dates.

Coachella video: Echo & The Bunnymen, The Specials, Public Image Ltd., Faith No More

With the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival now two-thirds of the way through, we thought we’d prowl YouTube for some initial video highlights from the likes of Echo & The Bunnymen, The Specials, Public Image Ltd. and Faith No More.

Coachella webcast: Watch PiL, The Specials, Echo & The Bunnymen, Devo and more

Coachella webcast: Watch PiL, The Specials, Echo & The Bunnymen, Devo and more

Fans who can’t be in Indio, Calif., this weekend — or bands trapped in the U.K. by an angry volcano — can watch much of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival via free streaming webcasts on Facebook, MySpace and Verizon V Cast Video on Demand (for those with Verizon phones) beginning tonight.

Bad Lieutenant cancels U.S. debut, Coachella set threatened by Icelandic volcano

Bad Lieutenant cancels U.S. debut, Coachella set threatened by Icelandic volcano

After already scuttling its first-ever American tour once, Bad Lieutenant — featuring Bernard Sumner of New Order — is now ‘stuck in Manchester,’ blocked from getting to the U.S. for its stateside debut because smoke billowing out of an Icelandic volcano has closed the airspace over the U.K.