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Re-formed Specials return to BBC

By Damian Jones
6 Music News reporter

The Specials around 1979-81
Members of The Specials re-formed to play a set at Bestival 2008

The Specials have made their live return at the BBC with an appearance on Later... with Jools Holland.

On Tuesday the ska band, minus Jerry Dammers, returned to the scene of their split at Television Centre.

They last performed in the west London studios for a Top Of The Pops appearance more than 25 years ago.

"The last time we were in this building, we did Ghost Town so it feels like going back in time," said founding member Lynval Golding.

He told BBC 6 Music: "I keep thinking, did it really happen? Has 20 something years really gone by? We all need reading glasses now."

There is a possibility of us doing it, look out for that one
Lynval Golding on The Specials playing Glastonbury

The line-up of Terry Hall, Golding, Neville Staple, Roddy Byers, Horace Panter and John Bradbury are set to embark on their 30th anniversary reunion tour later this month.

They made a surprise guest appearance at Bestival last September. Hall and Golding also joined Lily Allen onstage at Glastonbury in 2007.

Golding hinted that the reformed Coventry collective may return to Worthy Farm again this summer.

"There is a possibility of us doing it," he said. "Look out for that one."

The Specials kick off their reunion tour on 22 April in Newcastle before they wrap up with a special homecoming show in Coventry's Ricoh Arena on 15 May.

Despite their time away, Golding said he was amazed at how many of their tracks were still relevant today.

He said: "Too Much Too Young is about how the number of kids having kids keeps going up and Concrete Jungle is about knife violence. It feels like nothing has changed."

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