The Specials are to reform officially for some gigs at the end of the year, according to former front man Terry Hall, speaking to the BBC. It was almost 30 years ago the Coventry band made SKA music big in the UK with hits like "A Message To You Rudy" and "Ghost Town". Even though the Specials have transformed over the years, it would be the first time they have reformed with Terry Hall. Many reunion stories have circulated over the years, now the reality has been confirmed by Terry Hall, who said:
"Well we're still trying to put dates together, but hopefully
September/ October time. We need to spend the Summer rehearsing... I think
it's taken me 30 years to realise we could do it really well."
Terry Hall and Lynval Golding made surprise appearances at last year's Glastonbury Festival. The pair appeared onstage with Lily Allen to perform "Gangsters", and later on a different stage, with Damon Albarn on piano and a beat boxer, performing "A Message To You, Rudy". Neville Staple had appeared onstage in Coventry a few months prior, with the up and coming Coventarian band, The Enemy.
*EMI have released a CD/DVD featuring most of the Specials tracks today, entitled "Best of the Specials" and is available for just £8.99 from HMV online.
* For a detailed look at the history of the Specials visit: www.thespecials.com
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