As UK’s legendary ska/punk/pop/soul band English Beat readies “Here We Go Love” (its first album of new material in over three decades for release this fall), Dave Wakeling and band will be on tour throughout the US this Summer with a handful of headline dates, a tour with Soul Asylum, and assorted dates with peers B-52s, Culture Club, UB40 and dates with Squeeze this Fall.
Appropriately called “a singer-songwriter as savagely witty as Elvis Costello” by Rolling Stone, Wakeling has been at the forefront of Ska’s Second Wave which propelled peers like The Specials, Madness and The Selector throughout the 80s into the 90s and continues today.
“The Beat are one of the most underrated bands of all time,” wrote respected writing legend Simon Price for The Quietus,” and Dave Wakeling ought to be spoken of in the same breath as Weller and Strummer in the post-punk pantheon of heroes.”
The English Beat’s irresistible blend of Pop, Soul, Ska and Punk made them one of the most undeniable breakout stars throughout the last three decades and have had their music covered by such musical luminaries as Elvis Costello, Pete Townshend, and Eddie Vedder, among many others. Compared to other UK Ska acts who found fame in the 80s, Paste Magazine called them “the most ambitious” and The Wall Street Journal said “the English Beat had the best chops.”
Originally breaking up in the late 80s, Wakeling formed General Public who continued their mainstream takeover with massive international singles like “Tenderness”, “Never You Done That”, “Hot You’re Cool” and a cover of Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There.” Proving Wakeling’s undeniable songwriting as well has his longevity in the industry, national retail chain Target featured “Tenderness” in a TV commercial campaign and Hanna Barbera’s wildly popular cartoon Scooby Doo featured the band’s music in a recent episode.
6/25 – Boston, MA – Royale – with Soul Asylum
6/27 – Buffalo, NY – Iron Works
6/28 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount – with Soul Asylum
6/30 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza – with Soul Asylum
7/1 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse – with Soul Asylum
7/2 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero – with Soul Asylum
7/5 – Kent, OH – Kent Stage – with Soul Asylum
7/7 – Detroit, MI – The Magic Bag
7/8 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue – with Soul Asylum
7/9 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall – with Soul Asylum
7/10 – St. Louis, MO – Duck Room @ Blueberry Hill
7/13 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre – with Soul Asylum
7/21 – Bend, OR – Munch Music Series
7/23 – Portland, OR – Oregon Zoo (B52s support)
7/24 – Seattle, WA – Woodland Park Zoo (B52s support)
7/29 – Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
7/30 – Pasadena, CA – The Rose
7/31 – Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheatre @ OC Fair (sup. UB40)
8/2 – Austin, TX – Statesman Skyline Theatre (supp. Culture Club)
8/6 – Murphy’s, CA – Ironstone Amphitheater (supporting Train)
8/12 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Casino (supporting Culture Club)
8/14 – San Diego, CA – SD AIDS Memorial Benefit @ The Embarcadero (supp. B52s)
10/10 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva (supporting Squeeze)
10/11 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (supporting Squeeze)
10/13 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center (supporting Squeeze)
10/15 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre (supporting Squeeze)
Cover photo by Eugenio Iglesias, provided by publicist.