The English Beat, headed up by Dave Wakeling, have added another batch of U.S. and Canadian tour dates. The band recently finished a cross-country stint on ‘The Spring Skaward Tour’ with Fishbone as support. A series of local acts will support the upcoming gigs.
Hailing from Birmingham England, The English Beat is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the release of their 1980 debut album I Just Can’t Stop It, which spawned the seminal hits “Tears of a Clown”, “Mirror In the Bathroom”, “Best Friend”, “Twist & Crawl”, and “Too Nice to Talk To”. The English Beat were a major part of the 2 Tone ska music revolution of the late 70s and early 80s, alongside their stablemates The Specials, Madness, and The Selector.
A musical juggernaut with international ska-infused pop hits like “Save It For Later”, “I Confess”, and “Can’t Get Used to Losing You” (in additional to the forementioned songs from their first album), Dave Wakeling hasn’t lost any momentum in songwriting. His brand of “Punky Reggae Party”, the English Beat’s hybrid was a delightful blend of Toots and the Maytals, the Velvet Underground, Buzzcocks, The Four Tops and Van Morrison. They have toured internationally with The Clash, Talking Heads, The Police, and REM among many others and has had prime soundtrack placement in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Grosse Pointe Blank. New songs such as “The Love You Give Lasts Forever”, “How Can You Stand There” and “Said We Would Never Die” are quickly becoming fan favorites and will soon be released in 2010. “I have plans to record this year,” Dave explains. “Some great new demos done, and now I’m just figuring out how to put the recording and touring schedule together. Expect releases to begin by Summer!
4/16 Santa Ana, CA / Galaxy Theatre
4/17 Agoura Hills, CA / Canyon Club
4/23 Mill Valley, CA / 142 Throckmorton Theatre
4/24 Felton, CA / Don Quixote’s Int’l Music Hall
5/1 Ladera Ranch, CA / Founders Park
5/3 Alexandria, VA / Birchmere
5/5 Hoboken, NJ / Maxwells
5/6 Sellersville, PA / Sellersville Theatre 1894
5/7 Amagansett, NY / Stephen Talkhouse
5/8 Norfolk, CT / Infinity Hall
5/9 Fairfield, CT / Stage One
5/10 Fairfield, CT / Stage One
5/12 St John’s, NL / Club One
5/13 Halifax, NS / The Paragon Theatre
5/15 Ottawa, ON / Shenkman Arts Centre
5/16 Waterloo, ON / Starlight Room
5/17 Waterloo, ON / Starlight Room
5/18 Toronto, ON / Lee’s Palace
5/20 Ferndale, MI / Magic Bag
5/21 Indianapolis, IN / Radio Radio
5/22 St. Louis, MO / Blueberry Hill
5/24 Albuquerue, NM / Launchpad
5/25 Tucson, AZ / Club Congress
5/28 Los Angeles, CA / Hollywood Park Race Track
5/29 San Luis Obispo, CA / Downtown Brewing Co.
6/4 Solana Beach, CA / Belly Up Tavern
6/5 Solana Beach, CA/ Belly Up Tavern
6/19 Manitowoc, WI / Washington Park
6/23 Seattle, WA / The Out to Lunch Concert Series
7/1 San Jose, CA / Plaza de Cesar Chavez
7/3 Lake Tahoe, CA / Truckee Regional Park Amp.
7/24 Temecula, CA / Wiens Family Winery