It turns out that The Specials will be playing a show in New York City after all! But instead of buying tickets, you will need to set your DVR to record. The band are booked to perform live on Late Show With David Letterman on Monday August 23rd. Though I'm sure the TV appearance was originally booked to help promote U.S. tour dates which have since been cancelled due to visa issues, its still a small consolation for fans who had been excited about a free show scheduled for Central Park the day before. The band are still scheduled to perform two shows in Toronto at the Sound Academy on Friday August 27 and Saturday August 28th. These shows are make-up shows for ones that were cancelled back in April.
It will be interesting to see what line-up the band brings to perform on Letterman. Back in April Neville Staple missed performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and was replaced by Trevor Evans (who is a childhood friend of Staple's and was one of the band's early roadies). Evans now tours with the band as a DJ with Terry Hall's son Felix and they spin reggae sets before the band performs. There has been speculation that Staple has had trouble with obtaining a visa to enter the U.S.