Just back from The Weegiestan after a most enjoyable night’s skanking. The car windows were rather steamy on the return after Mike, Paul and I had thrown ourselves vigorously around the dancefloor of the Glasgow Academy for a couple of hours.
I was the world’s biggest Specials fan in the early 80’s but never saw them live.
This reunion tour was great then.
Extraordinarily tight, a big band, ten on stage and great commitment from all; even, surprisingly, Terry Hall. Much has been made of Gerry Dammers absence but I wasn’t that bothered. What did bother me was the padding. The Specials have ten, maybe 15 songs to die for, but they did pad it out a bit and the gig lost focus after 45 minutes. They came storming back in the encores, but that quite long (20-30 minutes) middle section left me a bit cold.
Overall though a sure fire four stars.