The Specials have shared "Vote for Me," the lead single for Encore, the band's first album to feature Terry Hall in nearly 40 years. (The current Specials lineup also features original guitarist Lynval Golding, and bassist Horace Panter, with long-time collaborator Torp Larsen.) The song pretty much picks up where the final Specials' single, 1981's "Ghost Town," left off, with the opening chords to "Vote for Me," seeming like a direct nod. There's a bit of the cocktail jazz found on More Specials, too, as well as their classic ska sound. Not bad. Listen to that below.

Encore is out February 1. 2019 marks The Specials' 40th anniversary and they'll be celebrating on tour. So far, their only North American date is part of Las Vegas' Punk Rock Bowling fest in May but they've got lots of shows in Europe and the UK. All dates are listed below.


The Specials - 2019 Tour Dates
MAR 30 Ancienne Belgique Saturday, 8:00PM Brussels, Belgium
MAR 31 Den Atelier Sunday, 8:00PM Luxemburg, Luxembourg
APR 02 Grosse Freiheit 36 Tuesday, 7:00PM Hamburg, Germany
APR 05 Paradiso Grote Zaal Friday, 8:30PM Nieuw-amsterdam, Netherlands
APR 06 Paradiso Grote Zaal Saturday, 8:30PM Nieuw-amsterdam, Netherlands
APR 08 LA CIGALE Monday, 8:00PM Paris, France
APR 11 Olympia Theatre Thursday, 7:00PM Dublin, Ireland
APR 12 Olympia Theatre Friday, 7:00PM Dublin, Ireland
APR 13 Olympia Theatre Saturday, 7:00PM Dublin, Ireland
APR 15 O2 Academy Bournemouth Monday, 7:00PM Bournemouth, United Kingdom
APR 16 Portsmouth Guildhall Tuesday, 7:00PM Portsmouth, United Kingdom
APR 17 Brighton Dome Wednesday, 7:00PM Brighton, United Kingdom
APR 19 Plymouth Pavilions Friday, 6:30PM Plymouth, United Kingdom
APR 20 The Great Hall, Exeter Saturday, 7:00PM Exeter, United Kingdom
APR 21 Cardiff University Students' Union Sunday, 7:00PM Cardiff, United Kingdom
APR 23 King George's Hall Tuesday, 7:00PM Blackburn, United Kingdom
APR 24 De Montfort Hall Wednesday, 12:00AM Leicester, United Kingdom
APR 26 O2 Academy Birmingham Friday, 7:00PM Birmingham, United Kingdom
APR 27 Eventim Olympia Saturday, 12:00AM Liverpool, United Kingdom
APR 28 Manchester Academy Sunday, 7:00PM Manchester, United Kingdom
APR 30 O2 Academy Leeds Tuesday, 7:00PM Leeds, United Kingdom
MAY 01 Carlisle Sands Centre Wednesday, 7:00PM Carlisle, United Kingdom
MAY 02 Barrowland (1 & 2) Thursday, 12:00AM Glasgow, United Kingdom
MAY 04 O2 Academy Newcastle Saturday, 6:30PM Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
MAY 05 Middlesbrough Town Hall Sunday, 12:00AM Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
MAY 06 Scarborough Spa Grand Hall Monday, 7:00PM Scarborough, United Kingdom
MAY 08 Baths Hall Wednesday, 6:30PM Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
MAY 09 York Barbican Thursday, 12:00AM York, United Kingdom
MAY 10 O2 Academy 2 Sheffield Friday, 6:30PM Sheffield, United Kingdom
MAY 12 Cambridge Corn Exchange Sunday, 7:00PM Cambridge, United Kingdom
MAY 13 Cliffs Pavilion Monday, 12:00AM Southend-on-sea, United Kingdom
MAY 14 Winter Gardens Tuesday, 12:00AM Margate, United Kingdom
MAY 16 O2 Academy Brixton Thursday, 7:00PM London, United Kingdom
MAY 17 O2 Academy Brixton Friday, 7:00PM London, United Kingdom
MAY 25 Downtown Las Vegas Events Center Saturday, 12:00AM Las Vegas, NV

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