My birthday weekend ended with watching The English Beat performing a sold out show at SPACE in Evanston on March 19. Fronted by Dave Wakeling, the original member from the 80’s ska band, the set included a mix from the variations of the group including songs from General Public (“Tenderness”), Special Beat Service (“Save It For Later”), to of course, The Beat (“Mirror in the Bathroom”).

This intimate venue held the group of older fans and the younger, those who may have heard the songs, but aren’t privy to the history of the band itself.  Another original member, Ranking Roger, is no longer part of this band. He now has shows as part of The Beat with drummer Everett Morton, who just like this one, performs a mix of The Beat and General Public songs.

To this crowd, the drama did not seem to matter. As we heard the tunes we listened to time and time again in our younger days, we sang and danced along. Not only did we hear songs we knew and loved, but got a taste of a few new songs to be released in an upcoming album out this summer.

Although Dave and his fans may have aged since the 80’s, the fun and messages in the music remain the same.

Songs from the night included: The Tears of a Clown, Rough Rider, Hands Off She’s Mine, Twist & Crawl, I’ll Take You There, Save It For Later, Whine & ​​Grine/Stand Down Margaret, Too Nice to Talk To, Can’t Get Used to Losing You, Sole Salvation, Tenderness, Ranking Full Stop, and Mirror in the Bathroom.

The English Beat performing “Mirror in the Bathroom”:


The English Beat
Dave Wakeling
Dave Wakeling