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|I wasn't living there and yet, Willo still looked back and to took me along... thank you....
“We’re probably one of the only bands that can do three tours of England, in the recession, and sell them out,” says Lynval, who is joined on stage by singers Terry Hall and Neville Staple, bassist Horace Panter, guitarist Roddy Byers and drummer John Bradbury.
“It’s cool that the parents have passed the music to their kids and they’re coming to see us.”
And Lynval sees his role as much wider than simply entertaining the masses.
“When I walk on the stage and see the audience I kind of connect with them and I feel I’ve got a story to tell them, to guide them through their lives.
‘‘Obviously I’ve lived long enough to be able to say ‘if you do too much drugs, if you do too much alcohol, it will damage you’.
“I think that’s what I’m there for, not to be a preacher, but to tell them, because when I was younger, 18 or 19, no one told me about the effects of drugs and alcohol can have on you.
‘‘My father was a heavy drinker so I just thought it was a way of life. I didn’t realise the damage it was doing. I feel I can connect with people by what I’ve gone through in life.”
Now living in Seattle, Lynval is currently writing his memoirs with Paul ‘Willo’ Williams, author of the book You’re Wondering Now – The Specials From Conception To Reunion.
“It’s called Back In Time,” Lynval says of his tome.
“We go back to me being born in Jamaica, coming to England, going to school in Gloucester, and all I had to go through as a kid.
“I never understood what racism was about until coming to England. In Jamaica we didn’t have it.”
Lynval and his sisters were sent to England to stay with his aunt when he was ten.
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