The Fixx / English Beat

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 6th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
$35 - $65


About The English Beat: One tempestuous weekend in March 1979 was not only the date of the Three Mile Island nuclear incident, but also, in Birmingham, En

About The English Beat:

One tempestuous weekend in March 1979 was not only the date of the Three Mile Island nuclear incident, but also, in Birmingham, England, the very first show by a nascent band known as The Beat. Introduced as “the hottest thing since the Pennsylvania meltdown”, the band had a sense that the next few years could well be explosive! The Beat hailed from working class, industrial Birmingham, England. When The Beat rushed on to the music scene in 1979, it was a time of social, political and musical upheaval. Into this storm came The Beat, trying to calm the waters with their simple message of love and unity set to a great dance beat.

The Beat were all about inclusion, rather than exclusion, and this showed in their personnel and their music influences. The original band consisted of Dave Wakeling on vocals and guitar, Andy Cox on guitar, David Steele on bass, and Everett Morton on drums – later additions Ranking Roger (toasting) and foundational First Wave Ska legend Saxa (saxophone) completed the outfit. The band crossed over fluidly between soul, reggae, pop and punk, and from these disparate pieces they created an infectious dance rhythm. Along with their contemporaries The SpecialsThe Selecter, and Madness, the band became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of the British Two Tone Ska movement.

By Christmas of 1979, The Beat were riding high in the UK charts with their first single, a smoking remake of the classic Smokey Robinson tune Tears of a Clown. Over the course of the next five years The Beat toured relentlessly and released three studio albums: I Just Can’t Stop ItWh’appen, and Special Beat Service. The band toured the world, touring with such artists as David BowieThe PoliceREMThe ClashThe Talking HeadsThe Pretenders, and The Specials, to name but a few. The Beat kept scoring hits with tunes that have now become so popular that it’s hard to remember a time when they didn’t exist, such as Mirror in the BathroomSave it for LaterI ConfessStand Down Margaret, and their serene cover of the Andy William penned Can’t Get Used To Losing You.

Despite their huge success, The Beat continued singing about and acting on the problems we all face. They donated all the profits from their highly successful single version of Stand Down Margaret to the Committee for Nuclear Disarmament. They donated their music to causes including the anti-nuclear benefit album Life in The European TheatreThe World of Music and Dance album focusing on indigenous people’s art, and lent their voices to The Special AKA’s anthemic freedom cry Free Nelson Mandela, to name but a few.

Dave Wakeling once told me that every great band only has three really good albums. And true to form, The Beat decided to call it quits after their third album, Special Beat Service. Of course, that was not the last we would hear from the Beat boys.

After The Beat, Dave Wakeling formed General Public with his mate Roger. The band took off quickly, scoring numerous hits off the their three studio albums, including TendernessSo Hot You’re CoolNever You Done That, Come Again, Too Much or Nothing, and I’ll Take You There. Dave’s good looks and soulful crooning combined brilliantly with Roger’s gravelly toasting, high intensity showmanship and upful beat, and GP took the critics and fans by storm. While Dave was penning hits Stateside, Andy Cox and David Steele were putting their own band together. Andy and David placed an ad for a singer on MTv, and received an extraordinary gift, in the form of one Roland Gift. With Roland onboard, the Fine Young Cannibals was formed and right from the release of their first single Johnny Come Home, the band was a hit. Their two studio albums scored multiple hit singles, with tunes such as She Drives Me Crazy and Good Thing becoming instant classics. Not being slackers either, Saxa and Everett Morton put together their own band, International Beat, blending modern pop with traditional Jamaican rhythms to form a wonderful hybrid sound. International Beat toured around the world and released two live albums, including cameos from Dave and Roger.

Combined, all these bands scored multi-platinum record sales, sold out shows all over the world, and, most importantly, universal fan approval because they kept The Beat alive!

That ember was nursed back into a roaring flame in February 2003, when a dream came true for many Beat fans as the band reunited for a UK tour, culminating in a sold out command performance at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall! It was a wonderful night for the band and their fans.


Consummate showman that he is, Dave Wakeling has continued to keep The Beat alive and strong. How could he not? Dave continues to tour the world as The English Beat with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing all the hits of The BeatGeneral Public, and his new songs.

You just can’t stop The Beat!

About The FIXX:

2012 started off with the band members hard at work on a new project. Bassist Dan K. Brown had rejoined the group after an extended absence, and the FIXX were once again back in the spotlight with the album “Beautiful Friction”. The album marked the return of George Underwood’s art (he had previously done the covers of Calm AnimalsReach The Beach and Phantoms). The album was a critical and commercial success, spawning the video “Anyone Else” as well as an appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The Fixx spent the next year on the road playing live in support of “Beautiful Friction” followed by the “All Request Tour” and the very first “FIXXmas Tour”.

The following year, Cy Curnin released his most recent solo album “The Horse’s Mouth” while being and active participant (along with Jamie West-Oram) in raising awareness for the Love, Hope Strength Organization.

Most recently, the band has been hitting the road quite regularly and spending in between time working on various in studio projects. Cy Curnin has been active with social media giant Facebook and has made available dozens of new tracks on the platform. Rupert Greenall is often in the recording studio and has released a number of side projects with various musicians. Jamie West-Oram has been spending his time working on creating music for film and television productions. Dan K. Brown occasionally appears live playing very different genres of music. Adam Woods is hard at work at the moment developing production elements for the next tour.

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  • TheEnglishBeat

    RT @camillececilia: Love this song. That rhythm is impossible not to jump up & dance to. 😎🎵👍💃 #ska @TheEnglishBeat - “I Confess” (live fro…

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    RT @randomsmashhits: 1984: smash hits 16 29 august 1984, page 37 Full mag --> https://t.co/aEwaR2JIvO https://t.co/KdrT20rhlE

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    RT @FixxOnline: #Florida!!! Tickets for The @FixxOnline and @TheEnglishBeat this fall at @PV_ConcertHall in #PonteVedra and @BilheimerCa…

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