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The Specials announce 2019 North American tour

Stream the 2 Tone legends' first album of original music in 20 years

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    Today, British 2 Tone legends The Specials return with their first album of original music in 20 years, Encore. Along with the release, the band has revealed a new summer tour that will take them across the US and Canada.

    The tour celebrates the new record as well as the 40th anniversary of the group, their iconic 2 Tone label, and their very first single, “Gangsters”. Beginning on May 22nd in Vancouver, the itinerary includes dates in Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Boston, and Montreal before wrapping up with a pair of gigs at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall.

    Check out The Specials’ full North American tour schedule below, and grab a ticket here.

    The Specials 2019 Tour Dates: 
    03/29 – Cologne, DE @ Cologne E-Work
    03/30 – Brussels, BE @ Brussels Ancienne Belgique
    03/31 – Luxembourg City, LX @ Luxembourg den Atelier
    04/02 – Hambrug, DE @ Hamburg Grosse Freiheit 36
    04/03 – Berlin, DE @ Berlin Columbiahall
    04/05 – Amsterdam, NL @ Amsterdam Paradiso Grote Zaal
    04/06 – Amsterdam, NL @ Amsterdam Paradiso Grote Zaal
    04/08 – Paris, FR @ Paris La Cigale
    04/11 – Dublin, IE @ The Olympia Theatre
    04/12 – Dublin, IE @ The Olympia Theatre
    04/13 – Dublin, IE @ The Olympia Theatre
    04/15 – Bournemouth, UK @ Bournemouth O2 Academy
    04/16 – Portsmouth, UK @ Portsmouth Guildhall
    04/17 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Dome
    04/19 – Plymouth, UK @ Plymouth Pavilions
    04/20 – Exeter, UK @ Great Hal
    04/21 – Cardiff, UK @ Uni Great Hall
    04/23 – Blackburn, UK @ King George’s Hall
    04/24 – Leicester, UK @ De Montfort Hall
    04/26 – Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham O2 Academy
    04/26 – Liverpool, UK @ Olympia
    04/28 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy
    04/30 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds O2 Academy
    05/01 – Carlisle, UK @ Sands Centre
    05/02 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland
    05/04 – Newcastle, UK @ Newcastle O2 Academy
    05/05 – Middlesbrough, UK @ Town Hall
    05/06 – Scarborough, UK @ Spa Grand Hall
    05/08 – Scunthorpe, UK @ The Baths Hall
    05/09 – York, UK @ Barbican
    05/10 – Sheffield, UK @ Sheffield O2 Academy
    05/12 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
    05/13 – Southend, UK @ Cliff Pavilion
    05/14 – Margate, UK @ Winter Gardens
    05/16 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
    05/17 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
    05/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
    05/23 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
    05/24 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
    05/25 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
    05/27 – Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival
    05/28 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
    05/30 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
    05/31 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
    06/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
    06/03 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
    06/05 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
    06/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
    06/08 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
    06/10 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
    06/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
    06/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
    06/15 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
    06/17 – Montreal, QB @ Corona Theatre
    06/18 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
    06/19 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
    06/22 – Groningen, NL @ Stadspark Life Festival
    07/12 – Wert, NL @ Bospop Festival
    07/20 – Nottingham, UK @ Splendour Festival
    08/23-24 – Portsmouth, UK @ Victorious Festival

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    Encore reunites founding members Terry Hall, Lynval Golding, and Horace Panter for the first time since their 1981 single “Ghost Town”. Continuing in The Specials tradition, the ten-track album tackles the current political climate (especially on single “Vote for Me”), including racism, mental health, and other issues. The deluxe version of the album also features a second side comprising greatest hits of their live recordings.

    Apple Music and Spotify listeners can listen to the full LP below.

    In less happy news, the band’s Terry Hall recently revealed that he’d been kidnapped into a pedophile ring when he was 12 years old. “It’s like you can let that eat away at you but then well you know it’s pedophilia and it’s like part of life really,” he said. “It’s unfortunate it happened to me but you can’t just let it destroy your life, it’s not good.”

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    Encore Tracklist:
    01. Black Skinned Blue-Eyed Boys
    02. B.L.M.
    03. Vote for Me
    04. The Lunatics
    05. Breaking Point
    06. Blam Blam Fever
    07. 10 Commandments
    08. Embarrassed By You
    09. The Life and Times (of a Man Called Depression)
    10. We Sell Hope

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