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The Libertines Drummer Joins The Specials For Tour

The British ska-veterans announced last month (Feb16) that they would be embarking on a tour of the U.K. On Wednesday (02Mar16), Libertines percussionist Gary confirmed he had accepted an offer...

The Specials Star John Bradbury Dies

The musician passed away on Monday (28Dec15), but no more details about his death were available as WENN went to press. The news was confirmed in a statement from the band, which...

Jerry Dammers Honours Rico Rodriguez

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...

The Specials Star Rico Rodriguez Dies

The Specials confirmed the news of their bandmate's death in a post on Twitter.com on Friday, writing, "Our dear friend Rico passed away today. We offer our deepest condolences to his family. His...

Your Guide To The Isle Of Wight Festival 2014

The annual Isle of Wight Festival kicks off tomorrow (June 12th), beginning a British summertime so filled with awesome music events you might even forget about that whole football thing that’s also happening. This year...

Christine Mcvie & Jerry Dammers Pick Up Top Honours At Ivor Novellos

Fleetwood Mac star Christine Mcvie and The Specials founder Jerry Dammers have been honoured with distinctions at the 2014 Ivor Novello songwriting awards in London.MCVie was handed a lifetime achievement award at the 59th annual...

Terry Hall Ripped Out Stitches During Show

The Specials frontman Terry Hall had to rip surgical stitches out of his tongue in the middle of a concert when his mouth locked shut and he couldn't sing.The British pop star underwent a procedure...

Jerry Dammers Pays Tribute To Nelson Mandela With Special Performance

The Specials founding member Jerry Dammers has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela with a unique instrumental performance of his 1984 track, FREE Nelson Mandela.The song, originally performed by The Specials Aka, became a rallying call...

Suggs' Boat Terror With The Specials Star Jerry Dammers

Madness frontman Graham 'suggs' Mcpherson and The Specials star Jerry Dammers spent three hours marooned on Lake Geneva after a speedboat stunt went wrong.The two British musicians hired the vessel during a trip to Montreux,...

Terry Hall's Cancer Scare

The Specials singer Terry Hall has quit smoking after surgeons removed a cancerous growth from his mouth.The Ghost Town hitmaker, 53, was given the bad news during a visit to a dentist who noticed a...

Dave Brubeck Dead Aged 91; Jazz World Mourns True Pioneer

Dave Brubeck, the jazz musician heralded for defying convention and experimenting with complex rhythms, has died in Norwalk, Connecticut - he was 91. Brubeck, who would have turned 92 on Thursday (December 6, 2012), gained...

Blur Rock Olympics Closing Concert

Blur headlined the Olympics closing ceremony concert in London's Hyde Park with a mammoth set last night (13.08.12).The Britpop legends performed some of their biggest hits for the sell-out crowd, including 'Girls & Boys', 'Country...

Blur At Maida Vale; 'Caramel' Performed For First Time Ever

Blur performed live at BBC's legendary Maida Vale studios yesterday (July 31, 2012) and the band even performed their track 'Caramel' for the first time. The song was on their album '13' which was released...

Shooting Coverage Tops Friday's Ratings

CBS, NBC, and ABC on Friday dumped scheduled programming to present news specials dealing with the theater massacre in Colorado. Final ratings figures on Monday revealed that none of the specials individually drew a sizable...

Pop Sensation Mcfly Confirmed To Play Free Concert At Bt London Live's 'Super Saturday'

British pop sensation Mcfly are confirmed to be playing a free set at BT London Live's 'Super Saturday' (August 4th) in Hyde Park. Mcfly, who rose to fame in 2004 with band heartthrobs Danny Jones,...

Sir Tom Jones To Headline London Olympics Show

Sir Tom Jones is to headline a huge free concert for the London Olympics.The 'It's Not Unusual' singer will perform in the city's Hyde Park on July 28, the first day of the games.The concert...

Organisers Slammed For 'Duran Duran' Olympics Booking

Duran Duran will headline the London Olympics opening concert, but their booking has promoted bemusement from some music fans and celebrities. The 80's chart-topping group will headline the July 27, 2012 show, which will also...

Duran Duran To Perform At Olympics Concert

Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, Paolo Nutini and Stereophonics are to headline a special Olympics opening ceremony concert.The four acts have been chosen to perform at the BT London Live Opening Ceremony Celebration Concert in Hyde...

Adele, Coldplay To Mime At Olympic Concerts?

It's been confirmed that musicians performing at the special Olympic concerts in the summer will in fact be miming to backing tracks. A spokesperson for the London 2012 Organising Committee (Locog) told music website the...

Blur To Bring Curtain Down On London Olympics 2012

Blur have been announced as the closing act at the Hyde Park concert scheduled for the end of the Olympics in August 2012. The band, who unveiled a new song in London last night, will...

Blur To Close 2012 London Olympics With Hyde Park Concert

Blur will close the 2012 London Olympics with a huge concert in the city's Hyde Park, headlining above other groups New Order and The Specials - reports Reuters - with many expecting more names to...

Blur To Headline Olympics Closing Ceremony Concert

Blur will headline an Olympics Closing Celebration concert in August. The Britpop band have joined a line up including The Specials and New Order for the BT London Live concert in Hyde Park, which will...

Pj Harvey To Receive Top Nme Honour

PJ Harvey will be presented with the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music prize at the NME Awards.The British singer-songwriter - who won the Mercury Prize in 2001 - will receive the evening's top...

The Specials To Record Again?

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...

The Specials Writing About Afghan War

Ska legends THE SPECIALS are writing about the ongoing war in Afghanistan for their new album.The band, which reformed in 2008, is working on its first record since 2001's Conquering Ruler and guitarist Lynval Golding...

The Cribs Cancel Coachella

The Cribs have cancelled their appearance at the Coachella festival in the US this weekend. The British band had to concede defeat in their bid to appear at the Californian festival - which takes place...

The Specials To Record Lp?

The Specials may record a new album. Lead singer Terry Hall has revealed the reformed ska group are positive to the idea of recording a third album with their original line-up, after they finish their...

The Specials' Modern Band Moan

The Specials can't understand why bands aren't rebellious anymore. Terry Hall, frontman of the British ska band, - who announced last year that they would embark on a 30th anniversary tour - thinks most groups...

The Specials Get Nme Honour

The Specials are to receive the Outstanding Contribution prize at this year's NME Awards.The British ska band - whose career has spanned over 30 years and who are known for their political lyrics - will...

The Specials To Tour U.s. For First Time In 30 Years

Ska legends THE SPECIALS are set to tour the U.S. later this year (10) for the first time in 30 years.The Too Much Too Young hitmakers reformed in 2008, marking the first time the original...

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