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Neville Staple’s Specials

Press Release: Neville Staple’s Specials

The original rude boy and one of the undisputed forerunners of the ska movement will be arriving to play two dates in New Zealand for the first time in April 2006.

Best known as lead singer of THE SPECIALS and one of the founding members of FUN BOY THREE, Neville Staple is credited with changing the face of popular music. His biography and past projects read like a who's who of rock, seeing him work with industry legends Elvis Costello, Talking Head's David Byrne, and UB40's Ali Campbell.

Leading the 2-Tone charge of the ska revival in 1979, The Specials were a band that during the dark 'Thatcher Years' helped to create a youth movement that united kids of all colours, at a time when UK society needed it most. The Specials went on to release six Top Ten hits and two Top Five albums in eighteen months. The recent bestseller, ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’ lists two of the Specials albums as all time classics.

Despite enjoying massive popularity in New Zealand, the Specials never toured down under.

More recently collaborating with Rankin' Roger from THE BEAT to form the ska-collective super group THE SPECIAL BEAT, Neville toured Australia for the first time in August 2005 playing to sold out shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Neville and his five piece band perform a blistering set of Specials hits, the new album and that unique Staple toasting style.

Neville Staple new album "The Rude Boy Returns" was released in December 2005 on Reign Records and features guest appearances from legendary punk era icons Mick Jones (The Clash) and Rat Scabies (The Damned).


Neville Staple's Specials New Zealand Dates 2006:

Wednesday 19 April Thursday 20 April

Indigo Bar Wellington Studio Live K'Road Auckland

Tickets from Ticketek and Real Groovy. Special 2 show price for Neville Staple’s Specials and the Skatalites from Jamaica.

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