Neville Staple (pictured above) from The Specials, who is also known as the “Original Rude Boy” is set to appear at the Apex, next month.
This year he is celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Ghost Town”, one of the most iconic hit songs of the 1980’s, and more recently an apt description of British towns in lockdown.
His 2-Tone party tour is a fun, stomping, nostalgic trip through ska hits like “A Message To You Rudy”, “Rat Race”, “Gangsters” and more.
Jamaican-born Neville is one of the undisputed forerunners of the ska movement having sung with The Specials, Fun Boy Three and Special Beat.
He said: ,“I remember the massive reactions to the hit songs like ‘Ghost Town’, ‘Too Much Too Young’ and ‘Gangsters’, and fans still write to me about my rugged, energetic and fun stage presence.
“The way we bring ska to the mainstream is by mixing Jamaican music with the English punky style. I love performing live and always include my Specials hits, along with other classics and career favourites. Every show is like a massive party, where the brilliant fans love to dance, stomp or sing-along.”
2-Tone music fused traditional Jamaican ska and reggae music and style, with punk rock attitude, energy and musical edge.
Joining the well-loved “rude boy” and his highly celebrated band will be East London rock ‘n’ roll ska outfit Buster Shuffle and other surprise star guests along the way.
Neville Staple is at the Apex on Saturday, October 8, at 7.30pm, see www.theapex.co.uk or ring 01284 758000 for more information or to book tickets.