I am going on 40 years of being in love with The Specials. I have seen 1000 concerts and The Specials never made it in the mix. Sure they are from another country but they were almost other-worldly. The songs, the characters, the messages, the pure energy. How can they still be so relevant?
The songs of division that was so strong by a band doing so much to bring us together fits so well into 2016, it’s almost as the last 40 years never happened. As the media accentuates the differences and hatred between white and black people. Here are songs, led by example, of a band of many colors but showing us that we are all 2 tone. Proving again that music is what will bring the country and the world together as one. But we need to get everyone to listen.
This Tuesday, The Specials will be in Seattle. I couldn’t be more excited. They have the drummer from another band I love, The Libertines. They have added Steve Cradock on guitar, whom I saw earlier this year with Mr. Paul Weller. At the Paul Weller show Paul announced that Lynval Golding (The Specials and Fun Boy Three) was in attendance. After further research I found that Lynval lives close to me here in the Seattle area. (I am going to apologize in advance to him because if I ever run into him at Trader Joe’s he will not be able to make the rest of his appointments that day.)
As a blog poster/music writer, sometimes you just have to tip your hat to another writer who captures a passion for music. So is the case with this review of a recent The Specials concert on the 2016 tour up in Canada by the blog Step On Magazine. Read in delight, as I did, waiting for the very special show.