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Roddy Radiation, former lead guitarist of the legendary British ska band The Specials, is embarking on his first solo tour through the Eastern United States, April 23 through May 16. Backing him will be the Baltimore/DC ska/rocksteady crew The Scotch Bonnets.

"I'm really looking forward to playing the East Coast and Texas! I haven't played a lot of those places we are doing since the mid-90s with The Specials," said Roddy from his home in England. "I have friends from Chicago to Florida so I'm hoping to see some familiar faces again."
The Specials pioneered the ska revivial craze of the late 1970s by combining the danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude. Roddy wrote numerous Specials classics such as "Concrete Jungle", "Hey Little Rich Girl", and "Rat Race", which helped create the 2 Tone sound. Roddy has also played in rockabilly bands since his youth, such as The Tearjerkers and The Bonediggers. Currently, he leads The Skabilly Rebels, a band that forges a new sound by mixing ska rhythms with rockabilly guitars.

Roddy hooked up with the Bonnets when singer/guitarist Lady Hatchet was attending a Specials' show in April 2010 and flicked a guitar pick at him from the front row that hit his guitar! The two became friends through MySpace and then Facebook, meeting in person at South by Southwest in 2013. Somewhere in their lively conversation the idea of doing a tour together was hatched.  "The Specials' sound, their live energy, diversity and political philosophy are all things that have inspired my own music, as well as the way I think," admits Hatchet. "I'm excited to get to play with, learn from, and be around someone with whom I have such tremendous respect."  The Scotch Bonnets, who will also be playing an opening set of their own brand of good-love ska, rocksteady, and reggae, will be promoting Quest, their new EP done in collaboration with HR, singer of Bad Brains, available now.  The Scotch Bonnets will also be featured on Hellcat Records' new compilation, Hooligans United, a tribute to Rancid, due out April 14.    A full list of tour dates can be found on Roddy's website,, or The Scotch Bonnets' site,
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For more information or to schedule an interview with Roddy, please call Kristin Forbes at 617-448-4733 or email


Bright Box
Winchester, VA
Thursday April 23rd

Tommy Fox's
Bergenfield, NJ
FridayApril 24th

Saturday April 25th

The Parlour
Providence, RI
Sunday April 26th

Mohawk Place
Buffalo, NY
Tuesday April 28th

Detroit, MI
Wednesday April 29th

Now That's Class
Cleveland, OH
Thursday April 30th

The Melody Inn
Indianapolis, IN
Friday May 1st

Cobra Lounge
Chicago, IL
Saturday May 2nd

The Basement
Des Moines, IA
Sunday May 3rd

Davey's Uptown
Ramblers Club
Kansas City, MO
Wednesday May 6th

Three Links
Dallas, TX
Friday May 8th

San Antonio, TX
Sunday May 10th

High Dive
Gainesville, FL
Tuesday May 12th

Will's Pub
Orlando, FL
Wednesday May 13th

Metro Gallery
Baltimore, MD
Saturday May 16th