Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The Specials Are "Rehearsing Together"

The Specials

Neville Staple has revealed that the Specials have been back in the studio together rehearsing and may do a UK tour later this year. This backs up the story last week (as reported HERE), where Terry Hall said the Specials could do a "dignified" return, if they "were good enough".

NME and Music Week reported the story and Neville Staples is quoted as saying:

"A couple of months ago we (all) started talking, We had to talk first to see if we could get on, but we got past the talking stage. Then we said, 'Okay, let’s see what we're like in a room together rehearsing with instruments'."

Following early talks Staple said singer Terry Hall met up with the band and they held two rehearsals.

"We're just seeing how it goes," Staple told Music Week. "If it gels, it gels. If it doesn’t, you don't wanna go out there as some old geriatrics – not me. What we've got to do is make sure the music at least is right.

"So if it works, we'll do it. If not, well. I'm sorry lads and girls. But we're trying."

Neville Staple was back on stage this weekend performing a string of Specials classics in front of an 8,000 crowd at The Enemy gig in their hometown of Coventry. The band may be older but the sound is just as good now as it was back in the hey day of SKA music.

The Specials were last in the charts in 2001 when an expanded, remastered version of their self-titled 1979 debut album reached #22, The Specials album debuted at number 28 this week on sales of 6,271 copies of their CD/DVD combo package "The Best Of The Specials". The Enemy are also inside the Top 30 with their debut album, "We'll Live And Die In These Towns", which has already sold over 300,000 copies since it's release last July. This is possibly one of the only times Coventry have had two bands inside the Top 30 album chart on the same week!

Watch Neville Staples and the band performing at The Enemy gig: HERE

visit: - all the latest news on The Enemy.

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