It has become a catty game of "he said, he said" between Jerry Dammers and Terry Hall of The Specials lately. The two musicians have been openly disputing the reunion of the legendary ska band, and in a new statement released by Dammers -- the founding member and songwriter -- he has said he has not given up hope on the idea of rejoining the band for their reunion, despite his offenses with Hall.
Dammers said that he was "frozen out of the band, and excluded from initial rehearsals," according to a reply column he wrote for the Guardian in response to Hall's statements that said Dammers secluded himself from the reunion because he did not want to tour. Dammers denied these allegations saying "It was not that I 'don't like the idea of touring,' as he puts it. I was anxious to preserve the status, political effectiveness and legacy of the band for the long term, including recording, rather than risk the diminishing returns of setting out as a flawed nostalgia act in small venues."
Despite Dammers feeling excluded from the band's reunion, he said he never gives up hope of reconciling with the band, and he could rejoin with them at some point in time. We just hope the cat and dog games between Dammers and the rest of the band can finally come to an end so we can see the full-line up of The Specials play together for some long awaited tour dates.