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LA toasts The Specials

The Specials’ already-fantastic 2019 just keeps on getting better. Following on from their critically-acclaimed No.1 album Encore, the city of Los Angeles officially christened 29 May ‘The Specials Day’.

The celebration began with an official commemorative certificate presentation at LA’s City Hall where founding members Terry Hall and Horace Panter accepted the honour from Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. “The Specials’ legacy is emblematic of the strength derived from our diversity here in Los Angeles,” she said in an official statement. “Their music is an example that embracing our differences and uniqueness makes us more powerful.”

The Specials are currently on a tour of the US and headline new London festival Gunnersville on 7 September.

George heads to the big screen

Following the huge successes of the Queen and Elton John big screen biopics, it’s been announced that Boy George will be the latest British musical icon to get the Hollywood treatment.

The Culture Club star’s life is to become the subject of an MGM musical movie by director Sacha Gervasi – the man behind hit documentary, Anvil! The Story Of Anvil. George will executive produce the film, which is being written by Gervasi, following the singer’s journey from humble beginnings to pop superstardom and near-fatal drug addiction. The movie will leave no stone unturned, promising: “The whole enchilada with a candelabra!”

In other news, George has been helping rising pop prodigy Jamie Hannah and released the duet House Of Truth in early June.

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