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The Beat starring Dave Wakeling
The Beat entered the music scene in Birmingham around 1979, a time of social, political and musical upheaval. Entering this storm, The Beat tried to calm the waters with their simple message of love and unity set to a great dance beat.
The original band consisted of Dave Wakeling on vocals and guitar, Andy Cox on guitar, David Steele on bass, and Everett Morton on drums – later additions Ranking Roger (toasting) and foundational First Wave Ska legend Saxa (saxophone) completed the outfit. The band crossed over fluidly between soul, reggae, pop and punk, and from these disparate pieces they created an infectious dance rhythm.
Their first single in 1979, was a smoking remake of the classic Smokey Robinson tune Tears of a Clown and over the course of five years The Beat released three studio albums: I Just Can’t Stop It, Wh’appen, and Special Beat Service.
After The Beat, Dave Wakeling formed ‘General Public’ with his mate Roger. The band took off quickly, scoring numerous hits off the their three studio albums, including Tenderness, So Hot You’re Cool, Never You Done That, Come Again, Too Much or Nothing, and I’ll Take You There.
Combined, all these bands scored multi-platinum record sales and sold out shows all over the world. In 2003, The Beat reunited reunited for a UK tour, culminating in a sold out command performance at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall! Dave Wakeling himself has continues to keep The Beat alive and strong and tours as The Beat starring Dave Wakeling with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing all the hits of The Beat, General Public, and his new songs.
His next stop is The Venue at 16 Hanover Street, Cork City on September 5th and its not to be missed!