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The Specials will support the Rolling Stones at Coventry gig

Felix Nobes 5th Apr, 2018 Updated: 5th Apr, 2018

The Specials, Coventry’s greatest band, will be supporting the Rolling Stones in the city this summer.

The Stones will play on June 2 at the Ricoh Arena and it has been confirmed the remaining Specials band members will support them after news surfaced last night.

Cheapest tickets to the highly anticipated event have now sold out but premium options are still available.

The 2-Tone pioneers will feature original lead vocalist Terry Hall supported by bassist Horace Panter and Lynval Golding – guitarist and vocalist.

It was Panter who tweeted last night: “NEWS JUST IN… The Specials are supporting The Rolling Stones at The Ricoh on 2 June! That’s all!”

The much-loved group will perform renditions of their greatest hits – documenting the periods of social grievance and mass unemployment that symbolised 1970s and 80s life.

These include numbers ones Ghost Town and Too Much Too Young.

During the campaign for City of Culture 2021, based on the Specials best loved track, ‘From Ghost Town to Host Town’ became an unofficial slogan of the Coventry bid.

Pete Chambers BEM and founder of the Coventry Music Museum reacted to the news. He tweeted: “The Specials are to support The Rolling Stones at the Ricoh. CITY OF CULTURE OR WHAT..”

The Stones’ No Filter tour, their first in five years, has scheduled performances across the UK in May and June.

The second part of the No Filter tour will see the Stones perform hits such as Paint It Black and Brown Sugar as well as some surprise tracks.

Mick Jagger commented: “It’s great that we’ll be playing even more UK venues where we’ve never played before. Look out Southampton and Coventry, we’ll see you this summer.”

Keith Richards commented: “Bring it on, two more shows for our UK fans. Can’t wait.”

The No Filter tour kicks off in Dublin on May 17 and then heads for the UK – two shows at the London Stadium, Southampton, Coventry, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff, a third London show at Twickenham Stadium, plus Berlin, Marseille, Stuttgart, Prague & Warsaw.

Coventry is already celebrating its UK City of Culture 2021 triumph and landing the BBC’s Biggest Weekend concert at the War Memorial Park in May 27 and 28 which will feature Liam Gallagher, the Stereophonics and Snow Patrol.

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