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Ska band The Specials plan British reunion tour

LONDON (Reuters) - The Specials, whose ska music heyday 30 years ago coincided with a grimly familiar backdrop of economic hardship and unemployment in Britain, are to embark on a 13-date reunion tour of the country.

The band says on its website the tour will start in November, after a string of successful shows to mark the anniversary of their debut album earlier this year.

The Daily Telegraph has praised the late 1970s 2-Tone Specials as "one of the greatest live bands this country has ever produced."

The group, from Coventry, is best remembered for classics such as "Rat Race," "A Message To You Rudy," "Gangsters" and the 1981 UK chart-topping single "Ghost Town" released at the height of Thatcherism.

Their first London show in early May began with "Do The Dog" and encored with 1980's number one single "Too Much Too Young," "Skinhead Moonstomp" and perennial closer "Enjoy Yourself," according to the NME.COM.

Now minus founding member and song writer Jerry Dammers, The Specials will appear at the Glastonbury Festival this month, kick off the winter tour at Cardiff Arena on November 1 and finish at London's Hammersmith Apollo where they will play two shows on November 24 and 25.

Tickets go on sale on Friday June 12.

(Reporting by Stefano Ambrogi; Editing by Steve Addison and Paul Casciato)

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