Coventry witnesses the ultimate hometown show
Coventry rockers The Enemy rounded off their UK tour last night (February 9) with a chaotic hometown show that saw them joined on stage by a local legend .
Having played songs from their forthcoming debut album – which singer Tom Clarke revealed would be called ‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’ – the trio performed two songs in the encore by ska-heroes and fellow Coventry natives The Specials.
Assisting them was original Specials member Neville Staples who performed vocals on ‘Too Much, Too Young’ and ‘A Message To You Rudy’ much to the delight of the capacity crowd who turned out at the Coventry Colloseum.
Speaking to NME.COM after the gig, a visibly energized Clarke explained the significance of this show.
“To put it simply, it was one of the proudest moments of my life,” he said. “Neville was singing it like he was 20 years old again which was amazing to see. We expected tonight to be good but we didn’t know how good it would be until he got up on stage. We just want to thank all our fans who turned out for tonight- even the ones that got kicked out for crowd-surfing!”
Staples took time out from his own world tour to perform at the show and was also thrilled to be taking part.
“The Enemy remind me of when The Specials were starting out- they create the same kind of energy and I think they’ll go very far,” he explained. “They’re fresh, young and different. People always tell me they’re a bit like the Arctic Monkeys but I can’t see that – I think they’re better.”
The Enemy played:
’40 Days And 40 Nights’
‘Dancing All Night’
‘Don’t Shed A Tear’
‘Away From Here’
‘Let Me Know’
‘It’s Not OK’
‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’
‘A Message To You Rudy’
‘Too Much Too Young’
The band release their new single ‘It’s Not OK’ on February 12.