The Specials announce North American tour

UK-based ska trailblazers to make their way across the pond in June

    Photo by Debi Del Grande

    English ska legends The Specials will soon make their way across the Atlantic for a North American spring tour. Set to commence in early June, the jaunt will see the UK outfit play to crowds in such cities as Toronto, Brooklyn, Portland, Los Angeles, and Baltimore.

    The tour will feature a new iteration of The Specials, following the deaths of both drummer John Bradbury and trombonist Rico Rodriguez in 2015. As Exclaim point out, the updated lineup includes original members in Terry Hall, Horace Panter, and Lynval Golding, rounded out by Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Craddock on guitar and Gary Powell of The Libertines on drums.

    If the group’s upcoming dates are anything like its impressive appearance at Riot Fest Chicago last September, fans old and new should be in for a treat. See the full itinerary below.


    The Specials 2017 Tour Dates:
    03/21 – Osaka, JP @ Zepp Namba
    03/22 – Nagoya, JP @ Zepp Nagoya
    03/23 – Tokyo, JP @ Tokyo Zepp
    03/24 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast
    05/26 – Birmingham, UK @ The Nec
    05/27 – Leeds, UK @ Millennium Square
    05/28 – Hertfordshire, UK @ The Forum
    06/06 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
    06/07 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
    06/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
    06/10 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
    06/12 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
    06/13 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
    06/16 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
    06/17 – Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery
    06/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
    06/22 – Baltimore, MD @ Sound Stage
    06/23 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom
    06/24 – Montebello, QC @ Montelbello Rockfest

    Revisit the band’s classic “Ghost Town” single: