Horace Panter and The Specials Announce New Album, Tour

The Specials

The remaining members of The Specials have announced they’re working on a new album called Encore. It will be their first new release in 20 years and the first to features vocalist Terry Hall since 1981. It also reunites the band with Lynval Golding and bassist Horace Panter, who helped spread the news on Twitter.

“Can finally talk about our new album after a few months in the studio,” he tweeted. “It was probably the best recording experience in my musical career… tight, focussed, fun!”

Panter joins members Terry Hall and Lynval Golding on the album, which will feature eight new songs plus two covers. The package also includes a second disc with “The Best of The Specials Live.”

Speaking of live music, the Specials also announced European tour dates for the spring that will celebrate their 40th anniversary. They’ll start off in Germany before making their way back to the UK for a long string of dates.

The Specials, Encore Tracklist:

  1. Black Skinned Blue-Eyed Boys
  2. B.L.M.
  3. Vote For Me
  4. The Lunatics
  5. Breaking Point
  6. Blam Blam Fever
  7. 10 Commandments
  8. Embarrassed By You
  9. The Life And Times (Of A Man Called Depression)
  10. We Sell Hope

The Specials 40th Anniversary Tour Dates:

Mar 29Cologne, DEE Werk
Mar 30Brussels, BEAncienne Belgique
Apr 2Hamburg, DEGrosse Freiheit
Apr 3Berlin, DEColumbiahalle
Apr 5Amsterdam, NLParadiso
Apr 8Paris, FRLa Cigale
Apr 11Dublin, IEOlympia Theatre
Apr 15Bournemouth, UKO2 Academy
Apr 16Portsmouth, UKGuildhall
Apr 17Brighton, UKDome
Apr 19Plymouth, UKPavilions
Apr 20Exeter, UKGreat Hall
Apr 21Cardiff, UKUni Great Hall
Apr 23Blackburn, UKKing George’S HALL
Apr 24Leicester, UKDe Montfort HALL
Apr 26Birmingham, UKO2 Academy
Apr 27Liverpool, UKOlympia
Apr 28Manchester, UKAcademy
Apr 30Leeds, UKO2 Academy
May 1Carlisle, UKSands Centre
May 2Glasgow, UKBarrowland
May 4Newcastle, UKO2 Academy
May 5Middlesbrough, UKTown Hall
May 6Scarborough, UKSpa Grand Hall
May 8Scunthorpe, UKthe Baths Hall
May 9York, UKBarbican
May 10Sheffield, UKO2 Academy
May 12Cambridge, UKCorn Exchange
May 13Southend, UKCliff Pavilion
May 14Margate, UKWinter Gardens
May 16London, UKO2 Academy Brixton

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