Tag: Neville Staple

New releases: R.E.M., Devo, The Mission, Paul Heaton, Neville Staple, The Cramps

New releases: R.E.M., Devo, The Mission, Paul Heaton, Neville Staple, The Cramps

This week’s releases include a pair of titles from R.E.M. (the band’s 1991 and 2001 “Unplugged” sessions, plus a digital rarities set), a collection of Devo demos, a new best-of from The MIssion, a new album from Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot of The Beautiful South, a Cramps vinyl reissue and more.

The Specials returning to North America this summer for second leg of tour

The Specials returning to North America this summer for second leg of tour

As promised, reunited 2 Tone-era ska giants The Specials are returning to North America this summer for the second leg of their 2013 tour, following up their March dates at South By Southwest and in the western part of the country with at least eight concerts in Canada and on the East Coast of the United States.

The Specials begin rolling out dates for first leg of North American tour this March

The Specials begin rolling out dates for first leg of North American tour this March

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 Specials announce U.S. tour, South By Southwest dates as Neville Staple leaves band

The Specials announce U.S. tour, South By Southwest dates as Neville Staple leaves band

The Specials finally are making good on a promise to tour the U.S., today announcing they’ll play two dates at the South By Southwest festival in March as part of the first leg of a larger North American visit — but the shows will not feature co-vocalist Neville Staple, who is leaving the band due to “ill health.”

Video: The Specials play ‘A Message to You, Rudy’ on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’

Returning to American TV for the first time in 30 years, The Specials last night performed their 1979 single ‘A Message to You, Rudy’ on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ — and a second tune, ‘Little Bitch’, exclusively for the show’s website.

Fun Boy Three’s debut album to be reissued with six bonus B-sides, 12-inch remixes

Fun Boy Three’s debut album to be reissued with six bonus B-sides, 12-inch remixes

The 1982 self-titled debut from Fun Boy Three — which spun off from ska revivalists The Specials — will be reissued in expanded form next […]

The Specials plot ‘final’ dates of 30th anniversary reunion tour of U.K.

The Specials plot ‘final’ dates of 30th anniversary reunion tour of U.K.

Reunited 2 Tone ska legends The Specials have announced a second U.K. tour this fall as part of the band’s 30th anniversary celebration — a […]

Video: The Specials reunion makes live debut on ‘Later with Jools Holland’

Video: The Specials reunion makes live debut on ‘Later with Jools Holland’

After a series of half-baked attempts over the years — Special Beat, anyone? — the near-complete reunion of 2 Tone ska legends The Specials finally […]