Steve Lamacq and team with The Specials at Maida Vale Studios for BBC 6 Music
12th December 2012
I tried to get tickets for this once in a life time opportunity to witness The Specials at the closest quarters imaginable! Unfortunately, I was in the company of 17,000 like minded people so the chances of being there last night were rather remote.
And what a show it was! From the opening instrumental version of 'Sock It To 'Em JB' to the last notes of 'Too Much Too Young' this sounded like the greatest fun you could have with your clothes on as they say!
I believe that Neville was ill last night so there was a bit of vocal juggling by necessity, but this has really put me in the mood for the May tour.
Listen well and.... Enjoy yourselves!!
Terry spots Jerry by the fire escape
01. Introduction By Steve Lamacq
02. Sock It To 'Em JB
03. Do The Dog
04. Concrete Jungle
06. Rat Race
07. It Doesn't Make It Alright
08. Pearl's Cafe
09. International Jet Set
10. Friday Night Saturday Morning
12. Man At C & A
13. Ghost Town
14. Do Nothing
15. A Message To You Rudy
16. Nite Klub
17. Too Much Too Young
As my mate Andy (who was lucky enough to be there) said of the evening by text last night,
'I never thought I would see The Specials like that. There was no stage and I stood in the front row in front of Roddy. Don't think that there were much more than 150 people there but there were apparently 17,000 applications for tickets'
...... we may be back on talking terms by Christmas!
Lynval with harp
Horace lays down the bass
Roddy checks on the brass