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 ザ・スペシャルズがどれほど大きな影響力を及ぼしているか... 疑いの余地はない。70年代の終わりに突然わき起こった、当時の2トーン・ムーヴメントは、間違いなくパンクとレゲエの結晶であり、黒と白が濁ることなく混じり合った彼らの音楽は『反人種差別』を象徴する画期的な動だった。しかも、圧倒的な人気を獲得しながら、全英で大ヒットを記録した名曲中の名曲、「ゴースト・タウン」を発表した直後に、フロントに立っていたテリー・ホールとネヴィル・ステイプルズが脱退し、ファン・ボーイ・スリーを結成。一方で、ジェリー・ダマーズはスペシャルAKAへとザ・スペシャルズを発展させて行くことになる。前者がポップ・バンドへと転身していったのに対し、後者はそのエッジに磨きをかけていったように思えるのは筆者だけだろうか。その時点で、明らかだったのはジェリー・ダマーズの重要性であり、彼ががいなければ、それはザ・スペシャルズではないという思いを強くすることになるのだ。

 だから、この日、ここに登場したのは、筆者にしてみれば、「核」をなくしたザ・スペシャルズ。そこに大きな期待は抱いてはいなかった。とは言っても、ネヴィルを中心として幾度か再結成を繰り返していたザ・スペシャルズにテリー・ホールの顔が加わったことは、大きなニュースなんだろう。昔からのスカ、2トーン・ファンが大挙してピラミッドに集まっていたように思える。

 なんだかんだと言っても、彼が連発したヒット曲のインパクトは実に大きかった。しかも、当時、子供から大人までをも巻き込んで彼らがイギリスを席捲していたのが彼ら。そのあたり、『ダンス・クレイズ』(こちらがサントラ)という映画に記録されているんだが、当時の映画館にはライヴには行けない年齢の子供たちが集まってダンス・パーティをしていたほどだ。この日はそんな彼らの「歴史」をまざまざと見せつけられたという感じかもしれない。

 ステージから飛び出してくるのはお馴染みのビック・ヒットばかり。当時と変わっているのはフロントに立つテリー・ホール。自分の記憶では、オリジナルの時代、彼はスーツなんぞ来ていなかったように思えるんだが、ちょいと小太りになったスーツ姿の彼は、なにやらうらぶれたサラリーマン風。かなり浮いていた。とはいうものの、大観衆に迎えられたことを大喜びしているバックのメンバーが、当時のエネルギーを感じさせてkる得たという感じだろうか。それはそれで楽しかったというのが正直な感想だ。

 無理を承知で望むのはここにリコ・ロドリゲスがいて、ジェリー・ダマーズもいるという光景。それこそが本当のザ・スペシャルズ再結成なんだが、そうしたところで結局はノスタルジアに過ぎないんだろう。思うに、それこそがジェリー・ダマーズの最も嫌った部分ではないんだろうかと想像してしまうのだ。



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buttonMono (21st Dec. @ Shibuya O-East)
buttonSoul Flower Union (12th Dec. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonCicala-Mvta (17th Nov. @ Shibuya O West)
buttonKeihin Rock Festival 2009 feat. Skunk Brothers, Good Luck Heiwa, Shin Otowa + Shinobu Arima with Yosuke "Youma" Fujita, Takashi Onzo, Kantaro Uchida, Kicell, Masato Tomobe & The Suzuki (12th Oct. @ Higashi Ohgishima East Park)
buttonAsagiri Jam - It's A Beautiful Day! feat. Kenji & Gota Super Session with Motoharu & Fujinomiyabayashi Taiko (10th Oct. @ Asagiri Arena)
buttonDonnie Fritts & The Decoys (28th Sept. @ Shibuya O East)
buttonPeace Music Festa! (from) Ginowan 2009 with overall photo document feat Masao Teruya, Kachimba 1551, Yambaru Reggae Brothers, Oki Dub Ainu Band, Yukhiito Ara with Sunday & Donal Lunny, Tokiko Kato, Ozomatli, UA & Soul Flower Union(21st Sept. @ Ginowan Kaihin Koen Yagai Gejijo, Okinawa)
buttonLove Camp feat Kim Young Jin Band, Bulgasari Project, Kawaguchi Masami's New Rock Syndicate, Yukie Sato & Kopchanjeongol, The Plastic Day(with Eshe Bellydance), National Pigeon Unity, (29th Aug. @ Hong Chon, Kangwon-do, Korea)
buttonGlastonbury Festival 2009 (26th to 28th Jun. @ Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset) feat. Lily Allen, The Specials, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Black Eyed Peas, Khaled, Roger McGuinn
buttonVic Ruggiero (13th Jun. @ Shibuya Home)
buttonCrying Nut (30th May @ Olympic Stadium, Seoul)
buttonThe Plastic Day (29th May @ Club FF, Seoul)
buttonEnnio Morricone (27th May @ Olympic Park Gymnasium, Seoul)
buttonLiam Ó Maonlaí with Hiroshi Yamaguchi (9th May @ Shibuya Duo Music Exchange)
buttonCD review : Shake Away : LIla Downs(17th May)
buttonBob Log III (25th Apr. @ Night Paris Club, Taipei)
buttonLila Downs (9th Apr. @ Royce Hall, L.A.)
buttonLila Downs (8th Apr. @ Gibson Showroom, L.A.)
buttonA Diva Descend to Earth : Lila Downs(8th & 9th Apr. in L.A.)
buttonRedemption 97 (30th Mar. @ Shibuya O West)
buttonSoul Flower Union (29th Mar. @ Shibuya O West)
buttonRuthie Foster (09/03/27 @ Tokyo Eat and Meets Cay)
buttonRuthie Foster (09/03/26 @ Yokohama Thumbs Up)
buttonSouth by Southwest Music Festival + Conference (JPN | ENG) feat.Doug Sahm tribute feat. Shawn Sahm and Augie Meyers and Alejandro Escovedo, Easy Star All-Stars, Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves, Legendary Tiger Man, The, Roky Erickson with The Black Angels, Tony Joe White, Asa, Ruthie Foster, Monareta, Peter Murphy, Andy White, Ben Harper & Relentless7 Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Gary Clark Jr., Plouen Catximbes, Theart, Emeralds, The, Jimmy Webb and the Webb Brothers, Wayne Kramer (09/03/18 to 22nd in Austin, Texas)
buttonThe Plastic Day (09/02/28 @ Club FF, Seoul)
buttonGumx (09/02/28 @ Sang Sang Madang Live Hall, Seoul)
buttonKozy Ouchi : Kozy, you drink too much, buddy! (09/02/14 @ Sakuragi-Cho Borderline)
buttonClare & the Reasons (13th Feb. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonClare & the Reasons (5th Feb. @ Yokohama Thumb's Up)
buttonKotobuki (31st Jan. @ Shin Okubo R's Art Court)
buttonGlenn Tilbrook (10th Jan. @ Kichijoji Star Pine's Cafe)

button2008

buttonBloodest Saxophone (6th Dec. @ Shinjuku Red Cloth)
buttonShibusa Shirazu Orchestra with David Murray (26th Nov. @ Shibuya O-East)
buttonKaiser Chiefs (25th Nov. @ Akasaka Blitz)
buttonHoney Hall feat. Kaori Kawamura, Kayo Sakata, Mr.Pan & Lawdy & Toshimi Watanabe & Copa Salvo(22nd Nov. @ Shibuya Club Asia)
buttonRodrigo Y Gabriela (12th Nov. @ Shibuya O-East)
buttonRodrigo Y Gabriela (12th Nov. @ Shibuya AX)
buttonEthipoia National Cultural Troupe (2nd Nov. @ Takanawa Kumin Center)
buttonThee 50's High Teens (1st Nov. @ Shinjuku Jam)
buttonJustin Nozuka (27th Oct. @ Harajuku Astro Hall)
buttonFanfare Ciocărlia (16th Oct. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonAsagiri Jam - It's a beautiful day! feat. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (5th Oct. @ Asagiri Arena)
buttonClub Ska 20th Anniversary with intro & overall photo document feat.The Skatalites, The Trojans, Oi-Skallmates, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (28th Sept. @ Shinkiba Studio Coast)
buttonSka Cubano (24th Sept. @ Akasaka Blitz)
buttonDoberman (23rd Sept. @ Hattori Ryokuchi Koen)
buttonSoul Flower Union (23rd Sept. @ Osaka Big Cat)
buttonChris Murray Combo (15th Sept. @ Shibuya Lush)
buttonnbsa+×÷2008 feat. Copa Salvo, Goma & Jungle Rhythm Section, Razoku, Keyco & Kokyou, Cro-Magnon, Soil & "Pimp" Sessions (14th to 15th Sept. @ Shinkiba Studio Coast)
buttonShibusa Shirazu Orchestra (13th Sept. @ Kisarazu Nakanoshima Koen)
buttonAsa (10th Sept. @ Shibuya O-East Exchange)
buttonSunset Live2008 feat. Black Bottom Brass Band, Doberman, Sun Paulo, Mongol 800, Oki Dub Ainu Band, Leyona, Keison, Seiko Ito & Pomeranians, Double Famous, Soil & "Pimp" Sessions (5th to 7th Sept. @ Keya Beach, Itoshima)
buttonCool Wise Men with Eddie TanTan Thornton (15th Aug. @ Shibuya Duo Music Exchange)
buttonYou Waki (8th Aug. @ Shinjuku Club Doctor)
buttonGlastonbury Festival 2008 (27th to 29th Jun. @ Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset) feat. Jimmy Cliff, Manu Chao, Ethiopiques, Buddy Guy, Solomon Burke, Manu Chao, Neil Diamond, Eddy Grant, Gilbert O'Sullivan
buttonPeace Music Festa! (from) Henoko 2008 (22nd Jun. @ Ueno Suijo Ongaku-Do) feat. Kachimba4, KZ, Masao Teruya, Shaolong To The Sky, Kotobuki, Duty Free Shop. with Kakumaku Shaka, Donal Lunny with Kazutoki Umezu & Hiromi Kondo, Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra, Soul Flower Union
buttonThe Slackers (17th Jun. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonVic Ruggiero (16th Jun. @ Shimokitazawa 440)
buttonKillswitch Engage & Thy Will Be Done (12th Jun. @ Shibuya O East)
buttonFumio Nunoya (7th Jun. @ Ogikubo Rooster)
buttonLove Camp 2008 feat. Oriental Lucy,The Plastic Day, Sagitta, Yukie Sato and more(31st May in Hong Chon, Kangwon-do)
buttonBanda Bassoti & Boikot (10th May @ Villaggio Globale, Rome)
buttonBerri Txarrak (3rd May @ Viňa Rock Festival, Villarrobledo)
buttonBanda Bassoti (2nd May @ Sala Heaven, Santander)
buttonBanda Bassoti (1st May @ Kottbusser Tor, Berlin)
buttonOki Dub Ainu Band (23rd Apr. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonMozaik (4th Apr. @ Kyoto Taku Taku)
buttonEdgar"Jones"Jones & The Joneses (3rd Apr. @ Nagoya Tokuzo)
buttonThe John Butler Trio (2nd Apr. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonRodrigo Y Gabriela (30th Mar. @ Shibuya Duo Music Exchange)
buttonSouth by Southwest Music Festival feat. Alabama 3 (12th Mar. @ Latitude 30, Austin), Bonnie Bramlett (12th Mar. @ Pangaea, Austin), Daryl Hall (12th Mar. @ Lone Star Lounge, Austin), Daniel Lanois (12th Mar. @ Pangaea, Austin), Asylum Street Spankers(13th Mar. @ Esther's Follies, Austin), Billy Bragg (13th Mar. @ SESAC Day Stage Cafe, Austin), Body of War feat. Kimya Dawson, Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Brett Dennen, Brendan James, RX Bandits, Ben Harper, Billy Bragg(13th Mar. @ Stubb's, Austin), Old Man River (13th Mar. @ 18th Floor at Hilton Garden Inn, Austin), YB (13th Mar. @ Burbon Rocks Patio, Austin), The BoDeans (14th Mar. @ Auditorium Shores Stage, Austin), The English Beat (14th Mar. @ Momo's, Austin), Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (14th Mar. @ Ninety Proof Lounge, Austin), Cherine Anderson(15th Mar. @ Flamingo Cantina, Austin), Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel with David Grissom, Stephen Bruton and Brannen Temple (15th Mar. @ Cedar Door, Austin), Was (Not Was) (15th Mar. @ La Zona Rosa, Austin)


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