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VIDEO: The Specials star Neville Staple performing at Benn Hall in Rugby

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Ska legend Neville Staple is bringing his band to the Benn Hall on Friday night (January 31).

The ‘Original Rudeboy’ returns to his Rugby roots for a gig in his hometown after many years away.

Born in Jamaica, Staple’s family moved to Rugby when he was five years old. He later moved to Coventry, where he became one of the leading lights of the 2-Tone movement with the Specials.

The Specials burned brightly but briefly, releasing two acclaimed albums and the seminal number one single Ghost Town before splitting up.

Staple, together with fellow former Specials Lynval Golding and Terry Hall, immediately formed Fun Boy Three, and enjoyed further chart success with singles such as Our Lips Are Sealed, The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum) and Tunnel Of Love.

Following Fun Boy Three, Staple joined forces with Ranking Roger from fellow 2-Tone stalwarts The Beat, performing ska classics under the Special Beat moniker.

After a spell collaborating with ska bands in America, Staple returned to Britain and formed the Neville Staple Band. He published his autobiography, The Original Rudeboy, in 2009 and reunited with The Specials for a triumphant comeback tour.

Stepping away from The Specials again in 2012, Staple reformed the Neville Staple Band – delighting audiences with a mix of his own material, reworked versions of classic ska numbers, and a selection of Specials songs.

The Neville Staple Band play the Benn Hall on Friday 31 January, with support from Rugby’s very own White Men Can’t Funk.

Ahead of the gig, Neville visited Rugby - including the Advertiser office - to promote the gig.

The star said he was looking forward to performing in his hometown again.

Tickets, priced £16, can be booked now by calling the Benn Hall box office on (01788) 533719.

 

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