English Beat Tickets
Founded in 1978 in Birmingham, English Beat are a new wave, 2 Tone ska revival group best known for fusing elements of punk rock, soul, pop reggae and ska, while their lyrical content often addresses themes of unity, sociopolitical topics and love. The band issued its earliest works with the original lineup of Any Cox as guitarist, Dave Wakeling as vocalist and guitarist, ranking Roger as vocalist, David Steele as bassist, Saxa as Saxophonist and Everett Morton as drummer.
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In the early eighties they released three studio offerings called Special Beat Service, Wha’appen? and I Can’t Stop It, along with several singles including Out to Get You, Hands Off She’s Mine, Mirror in the Bathroom, Cant Get Used to Losing You, and Too Nice To Talk To. Though they broke up in the 1983, members Ranking Roger and Dave Wakeling remained active in the music industry and formed new band General Public that produced a few hits in North America, while David Steele and Andy Cox came together to found Fine Young Cannibals. Though the member now exist in two groups they came perform together once in a while and in 2012, came together for a package tour titled Two Beats Hearting in One Tour. The acts still holds its own on rock front, performing one of a kind shows that explain why English Beat tickets have continued to be such a rage among new wave fans.
The original lineup of English Beat included Ranking Roger as their vocalist who brought in Jamaican vocal elements to their sound with his trademark toasting style. Saxophonist Saxa, who was of Jamaican descent, combined it with Jamaican instrumental ska sounds, having already practiced their techniques while performing with Desmond Dekker, Prince Buster and Laurel Aitken in the initial ska wave. He entered the group to record their single titled Tears of a Clown, which was a cover Motown hit played by Smokey Robinson & the Miracle. When the group released their second album, they promoted it with extensive touring that included performances across the US with Talking Heads and The Pretenders.
Though the primary fan base of English Beat was in the UK, the group also gained popularity in Australia, which was in part due to all the exposure on Triple J radio station as well as the television show Countdown. They also had a considerable following in the US and Canada. The band toured all over the world with other prominent artists like David Bowie, The Police, The Specials, The Clash, Talking Heads, R.E.M. and The Pretenders. In recent years their songs have been covered by world famous acts like Pearl Jam, Pete Townshend and The Wonder Stuff who played Better Man, From Midlands With Love, and Save It For Later, respectively.
The current lineup of the California-based English Beat comprises of Dave Wakeling on lead vocals and guitar; Roger Bueno on bass and vocals; Kevin Lum on keyboards and vocals; Antonee First Class on toaster; Matt Morrish on saxophone and Rhythm Epkins on drums. Recently the group recorded a couple of new singles featured primarily in Scooby Doo’s episode called Dance of The Undead. They have re-issued their classic hits Too Nice To Talk To and Mirror in the Bathroom for Record Store Day as limited version 7. In addition they issued a box set called The Complete Beat in the summers of 2012.
At present, the US version of the band is fronted by Dave Wakeling, who toured across the UK in 2012 to play at the famous London International Ska Festival held at Clapham Grand music venue. Soon after, they performed at the long-held Dorset Steam Fair Show. Their 2012 tour with The Beat has brought both band into the limelight as a couple of new wave groups emerging from the seventies and eighties. This tour package included shows at some of the largest music halls, clubs, casinos and auditoriums. Their upcoming shows are not to be missed so get here and grab some cheap English Beat tickets before they are all hogged.
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