THE SPECIALS RETURN TO LEEDS FOR A SELL-OUT SHOW AT O2 ACADEMY AS PART OF THEIR ‘ENCORE: 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR CELEBRATIONS’
40 years ago, The Specials burst onto the music scene with their debut album of the same name, and whilst Ska music was always bubbling away under the surface, this brought Ska, Rocksteady or whatever you want to call it right back into the public eye.
Always politically and socially aware, their take on the state of affairs at the time along with classic tracks such as A Message to You Rudy (A cover version) and Too Much Too Young ensured that this album was one of the biggest sellers of the year, and today is still regarded as one of their finest releases to date. 40 years later here they are, albeit with only 3 of the original Specials on tour to celebrate the release of that album and what a night it was.
First up it was The Tuts, a 3 piece all-girl band from London, who would best be described as a sort of Indie/Punk band who delivered a lively set and the stand out track for me was Tut Tut Tut which encapsulates what this band are all about with its crashing guitars, great drum work with brash vocals from Nadia Javed on lead guitar. Looking at their bio it was interesting to note that they were apparently going to represent the UK at this year’s Eurovision, but they turned it down as its being held in Israel. To be honest I’m not sure if that’s entirely true, but would have been great to see a band like this delivering 3 minutes of crashy mayhem on this stage.