John ‘Brad’ Bradbury of The Specials passes away

By Ben Tipple

John ‘Brad’ Bradbury, drummer for The Specials, passed away on Monday 28th December at the age of 62.

“It is with deep regret that we say goodbye to our great friend, the world’s greatest drummer, our beloved Brad. RIP,” the band shared on Twitter.

Bradbury played with The Specials from 1979, including on their 2009 reunion tour, as well as fronting JB Allstars.

“It is with deepest regret that we have to announce the very sad news that our much loved husband and father John ‘Brad’ Bradbury passed away on Monday the 28 of December,” a statement from the family reads.

“Brad’s drumming was the powerhouse behind The Specials and it was seen as a key part to the Two Tone sound. He was much respected in the world of drumming and his style of reggae and ska was seen as genuinely ground-breaking when The Specials first hit the charts in 1979.”

“He was an integral part of The Specials reforming in 2008 and toured with them extensively up to the present day. His contribution to the world of music can not be understated and he will much missed by family, friends and fans alike.”

“It is the family’s sincerest wish that they are allowed the time to remember him privately.”

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans.

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