Los Angeles City Council have announced that “The Specials Day” will be commemorated in the city next month.
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The Coventry ska band will be recognised by the Californian city on May 29, when they will attend a commemorative certificate presentation at LA City Hall.
Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez introduced the idea, saying the group’s legacy was “emblematic of the strength derived from our diversity here in Los Angeles.” She added: “Their music is an example that embracing our differences and uniqueness only makes us more powerful.”
Terry Hall, Lynval Golding, and Horace Panter will all be in attendance at the presentation, which is open to the public and will be broadcast on LA’s CityView TV channel and live streamed online via the LA City Council’s website and Facebook.
In a press release, The Specials said: “We’re delighted to have May 29th named “The Specials Day” in Los Angeles. We love the city and have found Los Angelenos to be some of the warmest and most enthusiastic audiences in the world. We love spending time there and have made a great many friends over the years. It’s extremely rewarding to see our music resonate so deeply with the people of Los Angeles and we thank the LA City Council for this honour. We share it with the fans.”
The same release notes the band’s relationship with LA, citing their first show in the city in 1979 and current ska revival nights “where rude boys and girls come together to skank to the band’s recordings.”
“The Specials Day” will occur in the midst of the band’s upcoming US tour, which will see them headline LA’s The Novo on June 1.
Meanwhile, the band recently released their first album of new material in 37 years, ‘Encore’, reaching the top of the charts with the record. Reacting to the news, the band said: “Recording the album has been one of the most amazing trips of our lives. What can we say? It couldn’t have been better timing. A real thanks to the fans who have stayed with us for all this time. We all share in this, thank you.”