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Selecter celebrates 35th anniversary
The Selecter is celebrating a special anniversary in style.
The ska/two-tone veterans are bringing their 35th anniversary tour down under this October, it was recently announced. The trek will come just days after their first tour of New Zealand, which will stop at Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. The Australian trip will then include stops in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, with two dates locked in for the capital.
The Selecter say they will perform their classic debut LP "Too Much Pressure" in full at each show, along with a handful of other favorites.
"We thought our 35th anniversary would be the perfect time to revisit our very first album and perform it in full," said Pauline Black a press release. "We can't wait to get on the road to bring our message of multiculturalism from across 4 decades to venues up and down the land. See you there!"
The Selecter will join up with an outfit called The Levellers for portions of the UK tour, with dates that run from October 29th through November 22nd.
Currently, The Selecter are tearing up the festival circuit. They are booked July 27th for the Swarte Cross Festival in the Netherlands, and in August will play the Ska & Mod Festival, the Rebellion Festival, the Bingley Music Festival and the Feelgood Festival in the U.K.
The Selecter offers its "String Theory" (Created May 8, 2013)
How many bands can say they got their big start not on a hit single, but instead on a purely instrumental track? The Selecter can and did, helping out England's Specials for their own debut and spinning off the name into a band.
Formed in 1979, The Selecter features a diverse line-up backed by the songs of Neol Davies, the voice of Pauline Black and Desmond Brown tickling the keys of the Hammond organ. They also had Crompton Amanor and Charles Bainbridge on drums, and Charlie Anderson on bass helping to round out a lineup bolstered by a name which is the Jamaican word for disc jockey.
The band's 1980 album debut featured renowned ska trombonist Rico Rodriguez and was the catalyst to a string of successful singles, including "On My Radio," "Three Minute Hero" and "Missing Words." Despite those songs climbing the charts, Black left in 1981 and recorded her own material before concentrating mostly of acting. She served as a hostess on a game show and was nominated for a Time Out Award for Best Actress in 1990 thanks to her portrayal of Billie Holiday, but ultimately rejoined The Selecter.
It was 1991 by the time a ska revival in London gained traction, and a re-formation of the band culminated in the release of their first new material in more than a decade. Still, Black also continued to perform and release under The Selecter name until 2006, and fans were confused over the competing lineups as late as 2011. That's when Black applied for the trademark and secured the name.
In 2013, The Selecter released a new studio album entitled "String Theory."
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The Selecter Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 02/28/2015 Brighton Sxe Concorde 2 02/21/2015 Southampton Sth The Brook 02/19/2015 Gloucester Gls Gloucester Guildhall
The Selecter Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 11/21/2014 Glasgow Rfw O2 ABC Glasgow 11/19/2014 Newcastle Upon Tyne T & W O2 Academy Newcastle 11/16/2014 Portsmouth Hampshire Portsmouth Guildhall 11/15/2014 Norwich Nfk Norwich UEA 11/13/2014 London Lnd O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 11/12/2014 Bristol Bst O2 Academy Bristol 11/11/2014 Nottingham Ntt Rock City 10/29/2014 Folkestone Ken Leas Cliff Hall 10/19/2014 Oakleigh Vic Caravan Music Club 10/18/2014 Melbourne Vic Hi-Fi 10/17/2014 Marrickville Nsw Factory Theatre 10/16/2014 Brisbane Qld The Zoo 10/15/2014 Hindmarsh SA The Gov 10/14/2014 Perth WA Rosemount Hotel 10/11/2014 Auckland The Studio 08/10/2014 Belfast Falls Park Belfast 07/18/2014 Perth Perthshire And Kinro Scone Palace 06/25/2014 Pilton Som Worthy Farm 06/12/2014 Newport Iow Seaclose Park 04/13/2014 Newcastle Upon Tyne T & W O2 Academy Newcastle 04/11/2014 Manchester Gtm Band on the Wall 04/05/2014 Brighton Sxe Concorde 2 04/04/2014 Norwich Nfk Norwich Open 04/03/2014 Harlow Essex The Square 03/30/2014 Glasgow Rfw O2 ABC Glasgow 03/29/2014 Kirkcaldy Fif Windsor Hotel 03/28/2014 Carlisle Cma The Brickyard 03/27/2014 Hebden Bridge W York Trades Club 03/23/2014 Reading Brk Sub89 03/22/2014 Leeds Yorkshire Brudenell Social Club 03/21/2014 Nottingham Ntt Rock City 03/20/2014 Leamington Spa War The Assembly 03/16/2014 Bournemouth Bmh Old Fire Station Bournemouth 03/15/2014 Cardiff Cardiff The Globe 03/14/2014 London Wsm 229 03/13/2014 Birmingham W Mids O2 Academy Birmingham 03/09/2014 Oxford Oxf O2 Academy Oxford 03/08/2014 Portsmouth Ham Wedgewood Rooms 03/06/2014 Bath Som Bath Komedia 03/02/2014 Sheffield South Yorkshire O2 Academy Sheffield 03/01/2014 Liverpool Lan O2 Academy Liverpool 02/27/2014 Gloucester Gls Gloucester Guildhall
The Selecter Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/31/2013 London London New Cross Inn 11/16/2013 Arnhem Gelderland Luxor Live 10/21/2013 London Lnd O2 Shepherds Bush Empire 10/20/2013 Birmingham W Mids O2 Academy Birmingham 10/18/2013 Glasgow Rfw O2 ABC Glasgow 10/18/2013 Glasgow Glg O2 Academy Glasgow 10/17/2013 Leeds Yorkshire O2 Academy Leeds 10/16/2013 Liverpool Lan O2 Academy Liverpool 10/13/2013 Bournemouth Dor O2 Academy Bournemouth 10/12/2013 Bristol Bst O2 Academy Bristol 09/22/2013 Falls Church VA The State Theatre 09/19/2013 Philadelphia PA Trocadero Theatre 09/18/2013 Waterloo ON Starlight Social Club 09/18/2013 Waterloo ON Starlight Social Club 09/17/2013 Toronto ON Lee's Palace 09/16/2013 London ON Call The Office 09/13/2013 Minneapolis MN Cedar Cultural Center 09/13/2013 Minneapolis MN Cedar Cultural Center 09/13/2013 Chicago IL Humboldt Park 08/16/2013 Ottery St Mary Devon Escot Park 04/21/2013 Tucson AZ Rialto Theatre 04/19/2013 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/17/2013 Sacramento CA Ace of Spades 04/16/2013 San Francisco CA The Regency Ballroom 04/15/2013 Pomona CA The Glass House 04/12/2013 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 03/31/2013 Coventry Wmd Ricoh Arena 03/30/2013 Nottingham Ntt Rock City 03/29/2013 Leeds Yorkshire Brudenell Social Club 03/24/2013 Brighton Sxe Concorde 2 03/23/2013 London Lnd Islington Assembly Hall 03/22/2013 Whitstable East Quay 03/21/2013 Norwich Nfk Norwich Waterfront 03/15/2013 Hertford Hrt The Corn Exchange 03/14/2013 Portsmouth Ham Wedgewood Rooms 03/10/2013 Sheffield South Yorkshire O2 Academy Sheffield 03/08/2013 Glasgow Dby Oran Mor 03/07/2013 Newcastle Upon Tyne T & W O2 Academy Newcastle 03/03/2013 Liverpool Lan O2 Academy Liverpool 03/02/2013 Exeter Dev Exeter Phoenix 03/01/2013 Bristol Bst Fleece
The Selecter Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/01/2012 Sydney Nsw Oxford Art Factory 11/30/2012 Melbourne Vic The Corner Hotel 11/29/2012 Hindmarsh SA The Gov 11/28/2012 Brisbane Qld The Zoo 10/21/2012 Bath Som Bath Komedia 10/19/2012 Tavistock Dev Tavistock Wharf 10/18/2012 Bournemouth Bmh Old Fire Station Bournemouth 10/14/2012 Derby Dby The Venue 10/13/2012 Manchester Gtm Band on the Wall 10/12/2012 Holmfirth Wyk The Picturedrome 10/07/2012 Oxford Oxf O2 Academy Oxford 10/05/2012 Luton Lut The Centre For Carnival Arts 10/04/2012 Leicester Lei O2 Academy Leicester 09/28/2012 Guildford Sry The Boileroom