The Specials confirm that Gary Powell of The Libertines will be drumming on latest tour following the tragic loss of founder member John (Brad) Bradbury who died at the end of 2015. Powell said:
“It is with deepest gratitude that I state what an honour it is to be asked to perform for The Specials in their up and coming US and UK tour dates. John (Brad) Bradbury was a unique performer and his style and ability was definitely one of the defining factors that helped to create The Specials sound, and it is with great humility that I will be doing these tours and carrying on his legacy.
The Specials are one of the UK’s most important bands so I am also very excited at the prospect of performing such a great catalogue of music with some of the most important characters in English music folklore.
Again I cannot thank The Specials enough for believing in me to take on such a heady task and I look forward to the challenge!”
He takes a break from the phenomenal success of The Libertines reformation which has taken them all over the world in the last few years.