The Specials announce 2017 UK tour with Toots and the Maytals

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Band play two London shows this week

The Specials have announced new UK tour dates for 2017.

The ska veterans play two London shows this week, now confirming extra dates in Birmingham, Leeds and Hatfield in Hertfordshire for next May. Toots and the Maytals will be special guests at the shows.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday (November 16).

See the band’s upcoming UK tour dates below:

London, Troxy (November 15-16, 2016)
Birmingham, NEC (May 26, 2017)
Leeds, Millennium Square (May 27)
Hertfordshire, Hatfield Forum (May 28)

Last December, The Specials’ drummer John ‘Brad’ Bradbury died at the age of 62.

Bradbury’s family said in a statement, “It is with deepest regret that we have to announce the very sad news that our much loved husband and father John “Brad” Bradbury passed away on Monday the 28th of December. “

“Brad’s drumming was the powerhouse behind The Specials and it was seen as a key part to the Two Tone sound. He was much respected in the world of drumming and his style of reggae and ska was seen as genuinely ground breaking when The Specials first hit the charts in 1979. “

“He was an integral part of The Specials reforming in 2008 and toured with them extensively up to the present day. His contribution to the world of music can not be understated and he will much missed by family, friends and fans alike. It is the family’s sincerest wish that they are allowed the time to remember him privately.”

After joining the band in 1979, Bradbury had a top 10 hit with The Specials in 1984 – ‘Free Nelson Mandela’. The Coventry band then split, but reunited for a 2009 tour to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Bradbury had remained part of the group since then.