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What happens when a band is on top of their game, selling out shows, touring with some of the world's most revered bands and achieving global popularity? If you're The Beat, you gain a pied piper-esque legion of fans and continue marching on spreading the ska gospel throughout the land. The Beat lives on, loud and proud.
To the delight of fans of all ages, The Beat is back and touring. The band has released UK tour dates for the rest of the year, with future dates to publicise their forthcoming studio album For Crying Out Loud. Whether you snap up The Beat tickets for shows planned for Southend-On-Sea, Manchester or Birmingham, congratulations -- you've beat the rush. Wherever this iconic pop-ska band plays, its show tickets are the hottest tickets in town.
The Beat actually goes by three names: The Beat in the UK, The English Beat in the United States and The British Beat in Australia. The U.S. moniker initially was modified because there already was a band called The Beat in the United States when they formed in England in 1978. Decades later, the two original vocalists for The Beat (Ranking Roger and Dave Wakeling) split off to create two separate bands. Roger fronts the UK-based The Beat with Ranking Roger and Wakeling fronts the U.S.-based The English Beat starring Dave Wakeling.
Like a Phoenix rising, The Beat rose from England circa 1978, a time of uncertainty and soul searching for many young Englanders. The Beat gave disaffected youth reason for optimism and even joy. The diversity of the band's makeup was still somewhat groundbreaking in the late 1970s. Not only did The Beat sing of social and political themes, it personified many of the members through its fusion of Jamaican reggae, ska, soul and pop.
After four hit records, the band abruptly disbanded in 1983. Roger and Wakeling teamed up to form General Public and Cox and Steele launched the Fine Young Cannibals, both of which were successful in their own rights. General Public disbanded in 1988. In the years since, the band (minus Cox and Steele) has continued to tour. The band's forthcoming tour is unique because it marks the first time in years that a The Beat tour coincides with a studio album release.
Hit singles such as "Can't Get Used to Losing You" and "Mirror in the Bathroom" from The Beat's first album garnered extensive airplay in the UK and abroad propelled the band to almost instant stardom. Album two, Wha'ppen, generated two singles that landed on the UK top-40 singles list. "Drowning"/"All Out To Get You" hit No. 22 and "Doors of Your Heart" hit No. 33, cementing their status as a group with staying power.
The Beat's debut studio album, I Just Can't Stop It, reached No. 3 on the UK's album chart and generated four hit singles. What is Beat in 1983 generated the bands best-ranking single, "Can't Get Used to Losing You," which reached No. 3 on the UK charts.
If you've got The Beat tickets, prepare to dance the night away to such classics as "Mirror in the Bathroom," and "Best Friend." If you've got the urge to get your groove on, don't "Save it for Later." There's no better place to do it than a Beat concert where you'll experience a fusion of styles including ska, reggae, pop and punk. The show's staging is as eclectic as its music. A The Beat show is the opposite of a "stripped-down" show. Expect showmanship and grandiose stage presence. Expect the unexpected. Ranking Roger is known for getting up close and personal (we're talking fist-bumps and hand slaps) with those fortunate to be in his close proximity. The band remains upbeat and high-energy throughout its shows and fans match them in their enthusiasm. Expect to leave the show hoarse, hot and happy. It's hard to resist singing along with Beat classics like "Can't Get Used to Losing You" and "Too Nice to Talk."
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