Posted in music | tour dates on July 7, 2010

by Klaus Kinski

The Beat

As a former Boston skinhead with a former penchant for Ska and hardcore, it's safe to say that The English Beat's music radiated from my car speakers more than a few times as I delivered pizza back in the day. Though they weren't my favorite band of the genre, when they're good, they are freaking amazing. Now as an older skinhead-via-heredity, it's with mixed levels of enthusiasm that I announce that Dave Wakeling and the English Beat are embarking on a pretty serious Summer/Fall North American Tour, eventually skanking their way to Webster Hall on August 21, 2010. Bad Manners is supporting, which is AWESOME. Tickets go on sale July 9, 2010 (Amex presale begins today, July 7th, at noon).

Why the mixed levels of enthusiasm? Well, I am no purist, but I can't really get jazzed about seeing a band, any band, with only one original member. And though it is a scientific fact that David Wakeling (English Beat founding member and currently the only original member) is an EXTREMELY awesome guy, I'm not sure he necessarily deserves his title of "Legendary King of Ska". I can think of about 10 'ska legends' before he would even enter the picture, and ain't one of them a white dude from the UK. Legendary? Maybe. King? Hell no.

That said, between the Bosstones coming to Irving Plaza, The Pietasters playing on a boat (tickets), The Slackers also playing on a boat (tickets), and more Ska shows inevitably popping up, it's gonna be a good season for skankin' in NYC.

All English Beat dates (including a show in the Hamptons this Friday) below...

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The English Beat - 2010 Tour Dates
Fri 07/09/10 Amagansett, NY The Stephen Talkhouse
Sat 07/10/10 Niagara Falls, NY Hard Rock Cafe
Fri 07/16/10 Riverside, CA Romano's Canyon Crest
Sat 07/17/10 Irvine, CA Great Park
Wed 07/21/10 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
Thu 07/22/10 Apple Valley, MN Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater
Sat 07/24/10 Temecula, CA Wiens Family Cellars
Sun 07/25/10 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
Tue 07/27/10 Las Vegas, NV Crown Theater
Wed 07/28/10 Universal City, CA Gibson Amph. At Univ. CityWalk
Fri 07/30/10 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
Sat 07/31/10 Napa, CA Uptown Theatre Napa
Sun 08/01/10 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Tue 08/10/10 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
Thu 08/12/10 Omaha, NE Slowdown
Fri 08/13/10 Chicago, IL Double Door
Mon 08/16/10 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
Wed 08/18/10 Foxboro, MA Showcase Live
Thu 08/19/10 New Haven, CT Toad's Place
Fri 08/20/10 Providence, RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
Sat 08/21/10 New York, NY Webster Hall
Sun 08/22/10 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Tue 08/24/10 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
Wed 08/25/10 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Thu 08/26/10 Orlando, FL Firestone Live
Fri 09/03/10 Del Mar, CA Del Mar Racetrack
Mon 09/06/10 Seattle, WA Seattle Center (Bumbershoot)
Sat 11/06/10 Irvine, CA Great Park

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Comments (16)

Have seen English Beat 3 times over the past year (w/Bad Manners, Reel Big Fish, Fishbone). Have always had a good time, Wakeling puts on a good show. If nothing else go to see Bad Manners who get the place rocking.

Posted by steely | July 7, 2010 12:10 PM

i have the strange feeling that klaus kinski was the fat kid in the bar mitzvah suit and grandpa's hat sitting outside wetlands back in the day...

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 12:11 PM

BAD MANNERS??? holy shit.. they better play Heavy Petting and Down Berry Wood

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 12:28 PM

I'd pretty much go just for Bad Manners. Fuck they put on a good show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 1:09 PM

Oh where is Mephiskapheles? :(

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 1:18 PM

Fact: The trumpet player from Mephiskapheles is the brother of Alex Tween, vocalist and guitarist from the Forms.

Yep.

And the Nubian Nightmare is the best moniker of all time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 1:20 PM

yeah, seeing how the Beat basically moved on from ska after the first album, and then the straight-up pop of General Public, calling Wakeling "legendary king of ska" is kinda bunk.

Plus, the Beat really were a sum of the parts... without Andy Cox and David Steele and Ranking Roger (or drummer Everette Morton or Saxa's unique style), it's just not the Beat.

But Dave seems like a nice guy, and if it means he still earns a living... who's to stop people from dancing?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 1:54 PM

While it's true that the original Beat were a great band because of the contributions of all of the members, Wakeling did write most of the songs, and his current combo plays them right and puts on a great show. And you've got to love the irony of the L.A.-based Wakeling touring as the "English Beat" with an all-American band, while Ranking Roger and Everett Morton still perform in the U.K. under the original monicker of "The Beat." I believe that Saxa was still playing with their band until recently.

Posted by scott | July 7, 2010 2:45 PM

seriously, this is what I am talking about. I am so fucking tired of listening to ska (and its predecessors) alone in my room (or thursday night at ottos shrunken head).

Posted by cristy road | July 7, 2010 2:50 PM

I like that one English beat song that's on Ferris B Day Off. What's the name of it? "march of the swivel heads" or something?
Do you think they will play that?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 3:03 PM

when will this band stop touring?

Posted by Anonymous | July 7, 2010 3:30 PM

Boy.....the English Beat put on some great shows back at the (new) Pep Lounge back in the day!!!! As for Bad Manners LIP UP FATTY !!
PS: THE SPECIALS will be at the HOB in A/C in Sept.

Posted by I just want sum skank | July 7, 2010 3:37 PM

Don't sleep on The PiETASTERS @ the Kearny Irish on Sept 17th!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 3:08 AM

Thinking about going to the Atlanta show. So how were they?

Posted by old skank | August 23, 2010 1:24 PM

just saw bad manners last week. AMAZING!

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2010 7:39 PM

Hey Jackwagon,

The Beat (English Beat) have been around since the mid eighties. Don't be a douche, rent Bourne Identity 3 or watch the Town instead of commenting on two-tone ska!

Posted by Boston sucks | October 28, 2011 1:06 AM

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