THE BEAT GOES ON !
SATURDAY MARCH 17th
Listen up Rude Boys & Girls ! Ska legends The Beat are back at The Forum Lounge on Saturday, 17th March, to celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2012 with the ska-heads of the South East. Ranking Roger still sings all those classics (Tears Of A Clown, Mirror In The Bathroom, Can’t Get Used To Losing You, Too Nice To Talk To, Hand’s Off She’s Mine, Stand Down Margaret) with energy and positivity. Tickets (€17.50) are available at Next Door (Forum Waterford), 051 871111 & www.forumwaterford.com
Formed in the working class suburbs of industrial Birmingham in England in 1978, The Beat arose at a time of high unemployment and social upheaval (we all know what that’s like!).
From the outset the band offered messages of hope and peace and were heralded, alongside The Specials, as forerunners of the whole 2-Tone Ska movement. The Beat's first single was the infectious cover of Smokey Robinson's 'Tears of A Clown' which on release went straight into the National Top 10. Further hit singles from the first album, “I Just Can’t Stop It”, included 'Mirror InThe Bathroom' and 'Can't Get Used to Losing You', and it was easy to see from the off why The Beat would become one of the most popular recording and live acts in the UK.
With 3 Gold and Platinum top selling albums worldwide, The Beat's explosive live shows allowed them to reach hundreds of thousands of fans across the world, communicating positivity and freedom through their music, their actions and their genuine commitment to causes. After numerous offers to return to the stage, The Beat reformed in 2003 for a sell out show at The Royal Festival Hall.
Since then Ranking Roger, Everett Morton and Mickey Billingham have continued to keep The Beat sound alive with a full touring band. The Beat are back!
Saturday March 17th,