The Specials Star Jerry Dammers Has Paid Tribute To His Late Bandmate Rico Rodriguez, Hailing The Ska And Reggae Musician As A "Great Inspiration".
The music veteran, who joined the band in 1979, died in London last Friday (04Sep15) at the age of 80, and his death has now been mourned by founding member Dammers.
In a statement, Dammers thanks Rodriguez for his contribution to The Specials and credits him with improving their music.
He says, "It's hard to express how sad I feel about the death of Rico Rodriguez. He taught me so much about what a proper musician is supposed to try and do. For me, getting to play with him was one of the greatest things about The Specials. His album Man from Wareika had been one of my all-time favourites and a great inspiration.
Continue reading: Jerry Dammers Honours Rico Rodriguez
MCVie was handed a lifetime achievement award at the 59th annual event, while Free Nelson Mandela hitmaker Dammers, dubbed "the Tsar of ska" by presenter Mick Jones, picked up the Inspiration Award.
Musician and producer Nile Rodgers enjoyed his second honour in as many days - he claimed the Ivors' International Award a day after old pal Simon Le Bon surprised the Chic star with the Legends Award at the International Music Summit (Ims) in Ibiza on Wednesday (21May14).
Continue reading: Christine Mcvie & Jerry Dammers Pick Up Top Honours At Ivor Novellos
The song, originally performed by The Specials Aka, became a rallying call for the global movement demanding Mandela's release from prison, which was granted in 1990 amid civil unrest in his native South Africa.
Dammers gathered his current ensemble, the Spatial Aka Orchestra, to perform a special rendition of the track on Britain's Channel 4 news on Friday night (06Dec13), a day after the political hero passed away at the age of 95.
Continue reading: Jerry Dammers Pays Tribute To Nelson Mandela With Special Performance
The two British musicians hired the vessel during a trip to Montreux, Switzerland, but disaster struck when Dammers attempted a James Bond-style jump on a ramp.
The craft's propeller jammed in the wooden slope and the two stars were stuck onboard the boat for three hours until rescue crews saved them.
Continue reading: Suggs' Boat Terror With The Specials Star Jerry Dammers
New Order, Primal Scream and Spiritualized will headline Festival No. 6 in the Welsh town of Portmeirion.
The bands are to play in the Welsh village of Portmeirion - famously used as the setting of cult TV series 'The Prisoner' - which takes place from September 14 to 16.
Continue reading: New Order, Primal Scream And Spiritualized To Headline Festival No. 6
Madness' House of Fun Weekender will be a ''24/7 mad piece of s**t,'' according to singer Suggs.
Madness' House of Fun Weekender will be a "24/7 mad piece of s**t".
The 'One Step Beyond' band are staging a two day event in Minehead in Southern England and singer Suggs promises the band have put a lot of effort into making the event as action packed as possible.
He told BANG Showbiz: "We're throwing ourselves into the whole thing you know, not just to have a couple of gigs, and some DJs, but to make it a 24/7 mad piece of s**t.
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The Specials have hinted they may record a new album next year, their first with the group's original line up since 1980.
The Specials have hinted they may record a new album next year.
The UK ska band - who originally broke up in 1980 after two albums, before reforming in 2008 for a huge reunion tour - have been overwhelmed by the reaction to their reformation, and are keen to continue where they left off.
Singer Terry Hall said: "The kids seem to have picked it up from their mums and dads and older brothers and so forth and it's fantastic, a brilliant thing to know.
Continue reading: The Specials To Record Again?
Ska icon Jerry Dammers fears the new SPECIALS reunion won't last long - because key members won't be able to resolve their differences during a summer (09) tour of "inappropriate venues".
The former band leader has stepped back from the comeback because he was never officially invited to be part of the reunion, and he fears his former bandmates are not ready to hit the road 25 years after they split.
He tells Britain's Mojo magazine, "It seems to me what they're doing is reliving the break-up of the original Specials all over again, they're playing inappropriate small venues, they're in danger of running the whole thing into the ground again.
"The real test will come if they try to make another album."
Continue reading: Dammers: 'Specials Reunion Will Be Shortlived'
The pair has been bickering since the reunion was announced last year (08).
Dammers accused Hall of excluding him from plans, prompting the singer to hit back, claiming Dammers chose to opt out of the tour.
Now the keyboard player has written an open letter to British newspaper the Guardian claiming he wasn't invited to meetings to discuss the reunion and rehearsals.
Continue reading: Specials Reunion Battle Continues
The reformed British ska band has lined up a string of gigs across the U.K. in the spring (09) after their successful appearance at Britain's Bestival show in September (08) - the first time they played together since their 1981 split.
Founding member Dammers won't be joining the group on the forthcoming tour - alleging in a statement in December (08) that his bandmates had "driven him out" of plans for a reformation.
But Hall insists it was Dammers' decision to opt out of the reunion tour - and claims the keyboard player and songwriter will regret missing out on the experience.
Continue reading: Hall Denies Dammers' 'Driven Out' Claim