The English Beat 

May 19, Reef


Dave Wakeling, whose debut album hit No. 3 on the UK charts more than 30 years ago, is no comeback kid. There's nothing to come back from—Wakeling never stopped.

From '80s British 2-tone ska band The Beat, known in the United States as The English Beat ("Mirror in the Bathroom," "Tears of a Clown"), to General Public ("Tenderness," "I'll Take You There"), to his solo career or with new iterations of The English Beat, Wakeling's decades-spanning career is due in part to his ability to write timeless music and to his freakish work ethic: The nearly 60-year-old musician tours relentlessly, playing between 150-200 shows every year—and not just near his Los Angeles home. Wakeling's 2015 Here We Go Love Tour will see him play nearly 60 dates, criss-crossing the U.S. from the Northwest/West (including a Tuesday, May 19 show at Reef) to the Midwest, to the East Coast, to California, back to the East Coast, to several dates across the pond in England, before wrapping it up in California.

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