The Specials Kick Off 30th Anniversary Reunion Tour, Hint At Glastonbury



The highly anticipated 30th anniversary reunion tour of ska pioneers The Specials kicked off last night at the Newcastle Academy in England, and have been dropping the hint-hint, nudge-nudge that they'll be taking the stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

They opened the show with "Do The Dog", from their 1979 debut Specials, and filled the set with classics like "A Message To You Rudy", "Hey Little Rich Girl" and "Rat Race."

The six original Specials members -- very notably and controversially missing was founder and songwriter Jerry Dammers -- have upcoming gigs in Sheffield, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and their home turf of Coventry before playing five nights at London's Brixton Academy. They're confirmed for T In The Park and the V Festival, but that may not be all. The band has suggested we should be on the lookout for them at Glasto, too.

The Specials set list, courtesy of NME:
"Do The Dog"
"(Dawning Of A) New Era"
"Gangsters"
"It's Up To You"
"Rat Race"
"Monkey Man"
"Blank Expression"
"Too Hot"
"Doesn't Make It Alright"
"Concrete Jungle"
"Friday Night Saturday Morning"
"Stereotype"
"Man At C&A"
"A Message To You Rudy"
"Do Nothing"
"Hey Little Rich Girl"
"Nite Klub"
"You're Wondering Now"
"Ghost Town"
"Too Much Too Young"
"Skinhead Moonstomp"
"Enjoy Yourself"

The Specials Kick Off 30th Anniversary Reunion Tour, Hint At Glastonbury