The Beat, one of the key bands of the 2-Tone ska movement, are hitting the road to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their debut album.

Formed in 1978 in Birmingham, they were an integral part of the ska revival spearheaded by the likes of The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, and Bad Manners.

Their debut single Tears Of A Clown went to No. 6 in the UK national charts, and now they are back to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their iconic first album, I Just Can’t Stop.

The tour marks the first time founding vocalist Dave Wakeling has performed as The Beat in more than 25 years.

Previously, the singer, who lives in the United States, fronted The English Beat, with co-vocalist Ranking Roger helming a separate UK version of the band, until his untimely death last year.

Dave Wakeling is touring as The Beat for the first time in more than 25 years.

Back in the day, The Beat were major players in the 2-Tone explosion which changed British pop music forever.

They released three albums and toured worldwide with acts such as The Clash, The Police, REM, Talking Heads and David Bowie.

I Just Can’t Stop went to No. 3 in the UK national charts, and provided hit singles including Mirror In the Bathroom, Hands Off…She’s Mine and Can’t Get Used To Losing You.

Second album Wha’ppen?, which began to explore other styles of music, also reached No. 3, while their swansong Special Beat Service just missed the Top 20.

The Beat disbanded in 1983 but left a fine musical legacy, which was celebrated in later years by both The Beat and The English Beat, who both toured and released new music.

Now ska-lovers can get with The Beat again as Wakeling takes his band on the …Still Can’t Stop It UK tour this summer.

See The Beat on the following UK dates:

Gary Welford owner