The original rude boy Neville Staple will be bringing his band to The Box in Crewe later this month.
On Friday, August 28, the Jamaican born singer, who became famous with The Specials and now with his own band The Neville Staple Band since 2004, comes to the Pedley Street venue.
Neville’s 35-year career in the music business is well documented, from the early days with The Coventry Automatics, The Specials and FunBoy in the late 70s and 80s, to The Special Beat and various other collaborations during his solo career from the 1990s up to the present day.
His autobiography, The Original Rude Boy, was published by Aurum Press in the UK in May 2009.
Following on from the 2009 Specials reunion and his departure from the band in late 2012, he continues to be a forerunner of the ska movement, thrilling audiences with his own excellent band at venues and festival appearances worldwide.
Last year saw him and his band playing a huge number of festivals as well as a three month extensive tour of the UK with old friend and ex-Specials guitarist Roddy Radiation joining Neville on stage for many of the dates during the tour.
In 2013 Neville produced a new album called Ska Crazy with his band which was released in May last year, ahead of his extensive tour, which includes old ska classic covers and brand new material.
His wife Christine Staple and long time friend Daddy Woody, a Jamaican DJ/artist, also provide vocals on the album.
Neville has also worked on various collaborations with The Mutants (Rhythm and Punk Review) including co-writing four tracks on the album – one of them co-written with wife Christine, The Talks and Flipron as well as tracks with The Dub Pistols (released 2014) and Duplex.
On August 28, expect to hear some of Neville’s own material, some arrangements of his favourite old-school ska numbers, as well as some classic hits in the mix.
Tickets cost £15 with doors open at 8pm. For tickets or more information, contact the box office on 01270 257398 or the website www.theboxcrewe.com/events/neville-staple-band.