Posted in music | pictures on April 22, 2010

photos by Leia Jospe

"No openers. Show was crazy. Time flew and you don't want them to stop playing. The Specials are legends". - uncleltrain

The Specials

The Specials closed their two-show run at Terminal 5 on Wednesday, April 21st. They started it the night before. The band's short tour also hit L.A. and Coachella, though they canceled a Monday show in Toronto.

They'll be back in August, and that tour will include a free show at the Central Park SummerStage on August 22nd (and a make up show in Torotnto).

More pictures from Wednesday night at Terminal 5, plus videos from both nights and the setlist from night one, below...

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THE SPECIALS @ Terminal 5 (night 1)

THE SPECIALS @ Terminal 5 (night 2)

The Specials - Nite Klub
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The Specials - A Message to You, Rudy
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Specials at Terminal 5 April 20th (night 1) setlist (via)
Do the Dog
(Dawning of a) New Era
Gangsters
It's Up to You
Monkey Man
Rat Race
Hey Little Rich Girl
Blank Expression
Doesn't Make it Alright
Stupid Marriage
Concrete Jungle
Friday Night, Saturday Morning
Stereotypes 1/2
Man at C&A
A Message to You Rudy
Do Nothing
Little Bitch
Nite Klub
Too Much Too Young
You're Wondering Now
Encore:
Ghost Town
Enjoy Yourself

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Comments (40)

The Specials - Terminal 5 NYC 4/20/10...the mini movie!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J07hi7EiPMU

Posted by Hownice | April 22, 2010 12:34 PM

Pissed I missed these dudes! What's the rule of thumb for the free gigs at Central Park? Do they have a limit of people they let in? What time do the gigs usually start?

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 12:34 PM

"Pissed I missed these dudes! What's the rule of thumb for the free gigs at Central Park? Do they have a limit of people they let in? What time do the gigs usually start?"

They'll announce it, but likely 4-7, and for this one you should get there EARLY

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 12:39 PM

I hope it does not rain.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 12:43 PM

the central park show is not free

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 12:48 PM

"a free Aug. 22 show at Summerstage"
via NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/04/arts/music/04specials.html

Posted by Andrew | April 22, 2010 12:56 PM

sunday shows started at 3 last year.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:02 PM

leia jospe is a bitch for taking a picture of a guy falling. why, seriously. im guessing you're assuming he's drunk and want to laugh at him. its still pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:05 PM

Great show, but seriously, next time all the Skinheads can stay home.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:08 PM

looked fun as hell! see yall in the summer

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:18 PM

they played another song after enjoy yourself

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:23 PM

they played another song after enjoy yourself on 4/21

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:24 PM

Show was incredible... The last song was "Long Shot Kick De Bucket"... Can't wait for Central Park

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:34 PM

Skinheads always supported the ska scene in NYC (before the college kids got on the band wagon) and half The Specials used to be skins back in the day... Regardless, great show!

Posted by Anon 1:05 | April 22, 2010 1:34 PM

I made it to the Tuesday night show. It was incredibly fun. The band was giving it their all and the crowd was loving them back.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:36 PM

It was a great show!! I think the picture of the guy falling was somewhat in tune with the tone of the show. Lot's of drinks and lot's of flight jackets!

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:38 PM

1:05 pm is a misogynist and should lighten up. that pic of the guy falling is the perfect ending to this great set of pictures!

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:43 PM

1:08 - congrats on the most wrongheaded comment of the month!

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:52 PM

1:08 - congrats on the most wrongheaded comment of the month!

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 1:52 PM

the specials were never skinheads and they abhor them. skinheads are racists afterall.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 2:01 PM

ha - 2:01 wins. i take back what i said to 1:08 (twice)

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 2:04 PM

By "The Specials", I thought this post was going to be about "The Kids of Widney High".

Posted by Confused | April 22, 2010 2:10 PM

@2:01

Not all skins are racist! If you knew anything about ska, punk, oi or hardcore you would know that!

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 2:25 PM

Anonymous 1:05 PM

Actually, that was my DAD. He was drunk, but he wanted to make it to a Specials show before he died. STFU

Posted by Harry Dalton | April 22, 2010 3:21 PM

I got handed tickets to the show 30 min before they came on. Never heard of them before but it was A LOT of fun.

Also it was nice to see a crowd other than hipsters the whole time. A lot of older dudes enjoying the fuck out of it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 3:21 PM

skinheads? Do you mean old bald dudes??

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 3:43 PM

good performance from The Specials but was overshadowed by the obnoxious douchebag crowd. a bunch of loud, obnoxious, and drunk morons. people were talking and not even into the music where i was standing. it was first time to T5 and it has to be the worst venue ever. will never go back.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 4:13 PM

I don't know who is more misinformed...Anon1:08 or Anon2:01. To both of you, and as Anon2:25 correctly points out, not only are the majority of skinheads non-racist (especially in the U.S.) but non-racist skins as far back as the 60s adored and idolized reggae and ska and the black artists that performed it. Please do some research. Original "rude boy" Jamaican artists such as Desmond Dekker (R.I.P.), Laural Aitkin, etc. praise the skinheads for helping to keep their musical tradition alive.

Posted by blackhat | April 22, 2010 4:50 PM

Leia Jospe is a skinhead?

Posted by Henry | April 22, 2010 4:59 PM

lol @3:43
I like old dudes they buy a lot of drinks for people who endorse their "koolness"

Nah I kid

But seriously I'm glad gramps gets his groove off...
May we all be so lucky when XX wobbles onto the stage

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 5:01 PM

I'm sorry one of the commenters didn't have a good crowd experience. My wife and I were in the middle of the floor, and were really happy with that part of the audience. Everybody was into the music, singing along, and being friendly. Lots of friendly skanking and no sharp elbows. I find the key in location selection is to get well away from the bar. That's where all the blathering goes on. Also, every crowd has a transition zone between different areas of dancing intensity; don't get stuck in the wrong zone for your tastes!

"Doesn't Make It Alright" is a song for the ages. It was great to see it played so well last night. Looking forward to August at Central Park.

Posted by Brian | April 22, 2010 5:12 PM

depends what you mean by skinhead. Person with a shaved head? or person with a shaved head in a nazi uniform. There is a difference between the two.

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 5:15 PM

The skinheads were fine by us, despite a lumbering behemoth skin barreling through to get closer to the stage. No harm no foul. Besides that everyone got along fine. Massive singalong, rude boys, skinheads, hippies and whats left of the punks all getting along nicely. I will definitely be there in August, if not inside then on the rock outside. And I won't be wearing my sharkskin suit for that one!

Posted by John Ozed | April 22, 2010 7:03 PM

all you punks and all you teds
national fronts and natty dreads
mods rockers hippies and skin heads

keep on fighting 'til you're dead


Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2010 10:05 PM

what the hell is that circle in nite club?

Posted by hippie | April 22, 2010 11:38 PM

Despite what the Times said, the Summerstage free shows have been ending towards the beginning of August for years, so it seems pretty unlikely The Specials won't have an admission charge.

Posted by texastab | April 23, 2010 12:09 AM

aside from them playing "Longshot Kick the Bucket" the second night as their final song, does anyone know if there were any other differences in the sets?

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 10:25 AM

^^^Nope...that was the only difference I noticed. Still great hearing and seeing it two nights in a row though!

Posted by blackhat | April 23, 2010 5:41 PM

Long Shot Kick the Bucket was often played with Liquidator and Skinhead Moonstomp and called Skinhead Medley. They used to cover Skinhead Girl and a whole bunch of other "skinhead anthem" types of songs. !:34 is dead right, skinheads for a time pretty much were the ska scene in NYC. 1:08 and 2:01 have no fucking idea what they are talking about. Even in the UK not all skins were racist, most of them early on were not, they were huge in the ska scene. The Specials were against nazi skins and the like but definitely embraced real skinheads. So, that said, shut the fuck up and maybe next time you dont come to the show and get in the skins'--who actually belong there--way.

And by the way, I am not a skinhead, I just know what the Specials are about and respect the scene.

Posted by Nicky Irish | April 24, 2010 2:45 PM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by منتديات | January 22, 2011 8:29 AM

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