The city of Los Angeles has officially declared May 29 to be “The Specials Day”, honouring the UK 2-Tone ska-pop legends.
On that day there will be an official commemorative certificate presentation at City Hall, with The Specials’ founding members Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter in attendance.
“We’re delighted to have May 29 named ‘The Specials Day’ in Los Angeles,” Hall said in a statement. “We love the city and have found Angelenos to be some of the warmest and most enthusiastic audiences in the world. It’s extremely rewarding to see our music resonate so deeply with the people of Los Angeles, and we thank the LA City Council for this honor. We share it with the fans.”
Ska fans can thank Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, who introduced the resolution and shared her reasoning for this official selection.
“The Specials’ legacy is emblematic of the strength derived from our diversity here in Los Angeles,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “Their music is an example that embracing our differences and uniqueness makes us more powerful.”
The official presentation will be open to the public and broadcast at 10am local time on local channel LA CityView Channel 35. For those outside of LA, the event will also be live streamed via LACity.org and on Facebook.
The Specials are scheduled to kick off their 40th anniversary tour in North America, starting on 22 May in Vancouver. They’re on tour in support of the new album, Encore, the band’s first release with original vocalist Terry Hall since 1981.
While they’re in town for the commemoration, they’ll also be performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in the show’s parking lot in Hollywood on 28 May. Visit the official site for details on attending the show and see the full tour itinerary below.
The Specials 40th Anniversary Tour
5/23 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
5/24 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
5/25 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
5/27 – Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival
5/28 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
5/30 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
5/31 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
6/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
6/03 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
6/05 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
6/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
6/08 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
6/10 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
6/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
6/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
6/15- Boston, MA @ House of Blues
6/17 – Montreal, QB @ Corona Theatre
6/18 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
6/19 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall