ORIGINAL rude boy and one of the undisputed forerunners of the ska movement, Neville Staple, has a long history of being in the limelight.
Born in Jamaica in 1955 he is best known for being a singer in two two-tone ska band, The Specials.
His biography and past projects read like a who's who of rock. He has worked with such legends as Elvis Costello, David Byrne and Ali Campbell to name only a few. His talents are found on the unique tribute album, Searching For Jimi Hendrix - a project that Neville is personally quite proud of.
When The Specials split up 30 years ago, Neville left with Terry Hall and Lynval Golding to form Fun Boy Three, and he then went on to form Special Beat with Ranking Roger from The Beat – a revival group playing hits from both former bands.
In the 1990s he moved to California to work with new American ska acts and in 2003 he returned to the UK and formed The Neville Staple Band.
Since 1998 he has been on a mission to entertain, successfully touring Japan, South America and extensively touring North America with his band, who play a mix of old favourites plus loads of his brand new original solo material.
He said: "I enjoy playing with The Neville Staple Band because I am free to stop and start songs whenever I like.
"The music is in the same vein as The Specials and I do some of The Specials songs. A whole cross section of people enjoy the music I play and the show I put on. It's all about enjoyment."
As well as The Neville Staple Band he has also been touring with The Specials after their decision to reunite last year.
"When I was doing shows in American the fans always used to ask me when The Specials were going to get back together," explains Neville.
The band's first come-back gig was on the main stage at the Bestival in September last year and then in December they announced 2009 tour dates to celebrate their 30thanniversary
On June 26 they will be playing at Glastonbury and they will be touring with more festivals in Japan and Australia in August.
"When The Specials got back together I wasn't just going to dump The Neville Staple Band because I don't work like that
"I am a glutton for punishment. I love music and I am enjoying it more now. It's different to before because I have learned to appreciate the music. I love being on stage because I love performing and I am really looking forward to playing in Ruislip."
The Neville Staple Band is playing at Winston Churchill Hall, in Pinn Way, Ruislip, on June 19.
The support bands are The Frantix and Edison.
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