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The Neville Staple Band - photo by John Coles

Show goes on for Neville Staple despite grandson’s murder

2Tone legend Neville Staple, best known as a member of the Specials and Fun Boy Three, has announced his intention to continue with his current UK tour despite the recent murder of his grandson Fidel.

21-year-old Fidel Glasgow was stabbed outside a club in Coventry last Saturday and later died in hospital. In a statement, Staple thanked the hospital staff who battled to save his grandson’s life. “Both my beautiful daughter Melanie and wife Christine Sugary, all the family and myself are still shocked by this tragedy, but would like to thank you all for the kindness and messages we have received.” He later added: “My wife Christine Sugary Staple and I have decided that our shows this week, in Coventry and Brighton, will go on and will be dedicated to our grandson Fidel and daughter Melanie (who asked that we still perform). We have the best fans in the World (through the Neville Staple Band, the Specials, Fun Boy Three & Sugary Staple), so we ask that you help us turn our pain into a message. Let’s show the young people that this knife trend has to stop! It has to STOP!!”

The investigation into the incident is still ongoing. Anyone who witnessed what happened is asked to contact Coventry police or Crimestoppers with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

At Sunday’s show in Coventry, the Neville Staple Band dedicated A Message To You Rudy to Fidel and again spoke out against knife crime. The tour continues in Brighton this evening (7 September) and at London’s Alexandra Palace tomorrow, with further dates running through until Christmas.

Despite the tragedy, Neville and Sugary Staple’s new album Rude Rebels is still due for release on 28 September and can be ordered now through Bandcamp. Featuring contributions from Neville’s former Specials bandmate Roddy Radiation on three tracks, the album will be available on various formats including CD, white vinyl LP and black-and-white “splatter” clear vinyl.

Off The Chart: 17 February 1980

Off The Chart: 17 February 1980

We’re going so far back on this week’s Off The Chart we’re practically in the ’70s! Join Steve and Julian for two hours of hits, half-hits, headlines and hysteria from way back in February 1980. There’s three tracks from the … read more

Off The Chart: 13 January 1981

Off The Chart: 13 January 1981

We’re heading back to January 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian bring you another selection of forgotten and half-remembered hits, a look at the day’s events, three tracks from a featured album, an international hit, … read more

Off The Chart: 23 September 1984

Off The Chart: 23 September 1984

Back to this week in 1984 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian unearth some forgotten hits, play three tracks from a featured album, pick a song from an international chart, discuss the day’s events and run through the … read more

Off The Chart: 28 January 1981

Off The Chart: 28 January 1981

All the way back to January 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the week’s less remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album of the week and the top five singles in … read more

Off The Chart: 15 October 1980

Off The Chart: 15 October 1980

All the way back to the dim and distant days of 1980 this week as Steve and Julian play some forgotten hits, three tracks from the week’s featured album and the top five in full, including probably the strangest number … read more

“All I’ve learned has overturned” – Top of the Pops, 23 July 1981

Tight Fit

“They always say it’s ‘Welcome to Top of the Pops‘ and tonight it’s just the same as ever!” Newsbeat’s Richard Skinner there, opening the UK’s top music show with a confusingly constructed sentence that rather downplays the sense of breathless … read more

“You think you only know me when you turn on the light” – Top of the Pops, 16 July 1981

Dexys Midnight Runners

“Hi folks, welcome to this week’s edition of Top of the Pops, it is jam packed with good music!” Peter Powell there, rudely jabbing his finger into your face to emphasise just how jam packed the show is. As well … read more

“In this great future you can’t forget your past” – Top of the Pops, 9 July 1981

The Specials

Time for a celebration, as Michael Hurll has got his abacus out and decided that we’ve reached the 900th edition of Top of the Pops. Blow up the balloons! Break out the streamers! Bring on the dancing girls! And then … read more

Off The Chart: 2 July 1981

Off The Chart: 2 July 1981

Revisiting the chart of 2 July 1981. Steve and Julian play the records you don’t normally hear on a chart show, as well as three tracks from a featured album of the week and the entire top five singles, whether … read more

“Too much fighting on the dance floor” – Top of the Pops, 2 July 1981

Bad Manners

Finally! After months and months of recycling the same tired joke, the powers that be at TOTP have finally taken my advice and commissioned a proper theme tune and title sequence. Don’t tell anyone though, because it’s still under wraps … read more

“I feel my spirit’s getting old” – Top of the Pops, 18 June 1981

Odyssey

“Hi folks! Welcome to Top of the Pops once again!” Well, hello sailor. It’s solid, reliable Peter Powell in charge this week, in a strangely nautical white shirt with navy blue stripes and – yes! – red trousers. A full … read more