The Specials To Reunite In 2009

In honor of their 30th anniversary, the world's preeminent ska band will reunite for a 2009 tour.

According to an interview in NME, the legendary ska band have announced they are getting back together to play a series of UK gigs next April. In the exclusive interview, frontman Terry Hall said that the band will be playing in 2009 to celebrate their significant birthday.

"It's the right time to do it [reunite] -- we talked about it at 25 but we weren't together enough. Now we're all getting on and it feels comfortable again."

In the interview, Hall confirmed that original members Neville Staple, Sir Horace Gentleman, Roddy Radiation, Lynval Golding and John Bradbury are all confirmed to play the gigs, while Specials founding member Jerry Dammers is still on the fence, though relations between the two parties are strong. "The door remains open to him," Hall said.

Unfortunately for those of us Stateside -- or anywhere else in the world -- there are no dates outside of the UK to speak of. Still, this one might be worth the airfare as it will mark the first time the Coventry band have officially worked together since 1981. Tickets for the tour officially go on sale December 11.

The Specials reunion tour
04.22.09 - Newcastle Academy
04.23.09 - Sheffield Academy
04.25.09 - Birmingham Academy
04.26.09 - Birmingham Academy
04.28.09 - Glasgow Academy
05.03.09 - Manchester Apollo
05.06.09 - London Brixton Academy
05.07.09 - London Brixton Academy

"Ghost Town"

The Specials

The Specials To Reunite In 2009