26th Oct, 2021

MUSIC MATTERS by Pete Chambers BEM: Neville Staple plays for Cyrille

2-Tone City

The mantle of 2-Tone spreads all over the world of course, but in Coventry it always transcended just music and politics.

Sport too was always part of the 2-Tone vision, with boxing legend the late great Errol Christie always included as part of the movement.

Football has always gone hand in hand with 2-Tone fans. So it’s more than fitting that former Specials front-man Neville Staple will sing at the service for Cyrille Regis at the Cathedral on Sunday.

While Nev and the boys were trying to convince some fans that Nazi salutes had no place at a Specials gig, Cyrille was on the pitch fighting mindless racism in his own unique goal-scoring way.

Both rose to the very top of their chosen professions and both became black role models.

Big Cyrille has gone but his massive legacy remains, and it’s because of him and people like him that nowadays selection for a team is all about your footballing skill, not the colour of your skin.

Leamington Rocks

On the 10th March, do yourself a favour and get over to Leamington’s Zephyr Lounge for three Rocking bands, for rock covers and originals and a bar open all evening.

Just Nuisance are a superb and very capable rockin’ covers band (named after the only dog ever to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy apparently).

Ellipsis never disappoint. Their songs, their style and stage presence give more than just a clue to why they are considered one of the city’s best prospects.

Charlie and the Milvertones complete the line-up. Here are another good time top rocking band. Can’t beat a line-up like this, tickets are £6.75 in advance, it’s 14+ with an adult. 6.30pm to 11pm. For more information go to eventbrite.com, and search for “Leamington Rocks”.

Fun Boy Two

They always say you never know who you are going to see at the 2-Tone Village.

Well on Saturday visitors at the Music Museum were amazed and very happy to see Neville Staple and Lynval Golding visit the Ball Hill attraction.

Neville along with his wife Christine, showed Lynval around the his new s Original Rude box exhibition. This tells the story of Neville: the musician and the man. Neville and Lynval are former band mates in The Specials and The Fun Boy Three, and of course it is these two bands that feature heavily in the exhibition.

Both had a great time looking at the exhibits, reminiscing about old times, and the lucky visitors got to get selfies with their heroes.

Museum Director Suky Singh said of the visit: “I am always saying, ‘You never know who you are going to see at the 2-Tone Village,’ and this proves my point.

“Last week Kim Appleby, Neville and Pauline Black were here. Where else in Coventry do you get random visits from so many famous musicians? It really is a special place in our great city.”


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