The Neville Staple Band will be kicking off their ‘3 Generations of Ska’ tour with Stranger Cole, Sugary Staple, and The AC30s on Thursday, April 5 in Glasgow, with these artists playing with numerous support bands along the way. These nine shows present a great opportunity for music lovers to see several legends of ska music, spanning various age brackets, perform together on the same bill.
Neville Staple is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice. His 40-year career in the music business is well documented from his 2Tone years onwards. We can trace this from the early days with his Jah Baddis Sound System, The Coventry Automatics, The Specials and Fun Boy Three, to The Special Beat and various other collaborations during his solo career from the 90s until the present day.
Following on from 2009 The Specials reunion and his departure from the band in late 2012, Staple continues to be a forerunner of the ska movement, and continues to thrill audiences with new releases, touring and festival appearances worldwide. His highly celebrated album ‘The Return of Judge Roughneck’ was released in 2017 via Cleopatra Records to outstanding reviews.
This is the first time that the legendary Stranger Cole is sharing the tour stage with Neville Staple for a super double billing. Stranger Cole, a legendary artist from Jamaica, has written and produced some of the most iconic ska, rocksteady and reggae songs on the scene and has worked alongside other greats, such as Prince Buster and Ken Boothe. He has inspired generations of musicians, especially ska and 2Tone artists, including the Original Rude Boy Neville Staple.
Cole recently asked Neville’s wife Sugary Staple to do a reworking of his classic hit with Patsy Todd ‘When You Call My Name’. The duet by Sugary and Neville, which will be performed during the tour and will feature on their forthcoming album, is the project that first inspired this 3 Generations of Ska Tour. With The AC30s and Neville’s band providing an excellent jamboree of music through the decades, from the 1960s to present day, along with performances by other supporting bands, this tour is sure to be one of the year’s highlights for fans of ska and 2Tone, with punk, bluebeat and rocksteady infusions.
As one of the most versatile and long-lasting genres of music alive today, ska has derived from many influences and has stood the test of time with new many originators still taking to the stage worldwide, plus new young bands taking up the musical reigns. Get your stomping feet ready for a legendary and exclusive musical feast. Tickets and more detailed venue information can be obtained online HERE.
“Stunning legacy and repertoire… all the spunk found in The Specials classic ‘Gangsters’ with more of a feel-good yet critical dose of The English Beat and The Special Beat… still at the top of his game. May Neville Staples long continue to deliver the original sound of genuine 2 Tone ska”
– Big Takeover Magazine
“Out on his own, still pretty special”
– Record Collector
“Musically, rocksteady and ska remain Staple’s go-to genres… a sound that has managed to transcend being just a trend, time and time again”
– Modernist Society
“Better for an artist of such caliber to release an album every ten years than a run-of-the-mill artist to release something often”
– Ox Fanzine
“It isn’t hard to work out why The Specials lack energy on stage, it’s because Neville Staple took it with him”
– Nottingham Post
“Nothing came close to the sensational Neville Staple Band, who really got the party started and had the masses dancing along”
– Exeter Express & Echo
Featured image by John Coles Photography.