Legendary drummer, John “Brad” Bradbury of the much-beloved British 2 Tone and ska revivalist-crew, The Specials recently passed-away at the age of 62 in his native England. While cause-of-death is still yet to be revealed, the remaining band-members did tweet their condolences when the news breached:
“It is with deep regret that we say goodbye to our great friend, the world’s greatest drummer, our beloved Brad. RIP.”
Having initially joined the band formerly referred to as: The Special AKA in 1979, Bradbury is greatly revered for his progressive-contribution toward shaping the 2 Tone signature persona that comprises The Specials at their peak. World-renowned for donning 1960s mod-style, rude-boy attire in the form of: mohair-suits, loafers, tonic, and pork-pie hats, these Brit-SKA-lackers bursted on the scene in 1980 with their hit: “Too Much Too Young” from The Special AKA Live! EP.
Although the band has seen their fair-share of ups-and-downs: various members departing the band, original-founder and key-songwriter: Jerry Dammers, who dissolved the band in 1981, not-withstanding, the band ultimately regrouped and reversioned to churn-out seven top-10 singles in the UK. Among those sanctified-cuts to blaze the charts, include: “Ghost Town,”and the ever-anthemic reprieve: “Free Nelson Mandela.”
Ever-bit an integral part of the band’s most-current reformation in 2008, Bradbury toured extensively with the band until the very end. News of his death arrives only a mere three-months after the death of The Specials‘ premiere trombonist, Rico Rodriguez.
Hailing from Bradbury’s hometown of Coventry, famed music-producer, Pete Waterman details his recollection of the talented-drummer:
“I always had a good laugh with Brad. He was always proud of being in the band and what we’d and he’d achieved.”
“He never left Coventry because he always wanted to be part of the scene… he was tremendous.”
Bradbury’s family revealed a statement concerning news of Bradbury’s death:
“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.”