You’ve no doubt heard the rumors buzzing around the past few months regarding a full reunion of the Two Tone legends, The Specials. I had always heard that any Specials reunion will never be complete due to longstanding personal feuds that go back nearly 30 years. I’ve seen Golding fronted reunions dissolve into screaming matches with the crowd; I’ve heard unimpressive live stuff from the Special Beat, in recent years; and who could forget the train wreck that was Today’s Specials- but a full member reunion might recapture that magic of ’79- maybe.
These vids were recorded a little over a year ago, at The Elbow Room, but they are new to me. Maybe they’re new to you too. This set is automatically better than your average Ruggiero live video set, in that you can actually hear the music and see the artist. This is Vic in full One-Man-Band mode, playing mostly stuff from his solo songbook, and a little bit from The Slackers’ cannon. Please enjoy: Link to The Entire Set
Here’s a sample from the set in question, California:
Bonus! Not from the Elbow Room set- but what a great performance: