The British ska-veterans announced last month (Feb16) that they would be embarking on a tour of the U.K.
On Wednesday (02Mar16), Libertines percussionist Gary confirmed he had accepted an offer to take the place of John, who died in December 2015 aged 62, behind the drum kit.
"It is with deepest gratitude that I state what an honour it is to be asked to perform for The Specials in their up and coming US and UK tour dates," Gary said in a statement on The Specials' website. "John (Brad) Bradbury was a unique performer and his style and ability was definitely one of the defining factors that helped to create The Specials sound, and it is with great humility that I will be doing these tours and carrying on his legacy.
"The Specials are one of the UK’s most important bands so I am also very excited at the prospect of performing such a great catalogue of music with some of the most important characters in English music folklore. Again I cannot thank The Specials enough for believing in me to take on such a heady task and I look forward to the challenge!”
The musician has been busy since The Libertines reunited back in 2014. He is scheduled to continue performing with the band until their current tour ends in July (16) before joining up with The Specials when their tour begins in Nottingham, England, in October (16).
At the time of WENN going to press, Gary had yet to comment on whether his commitment to The Specials means he will be leaving The Libertines.