THE SPECIALS legend Dr Neville Staple has announced he will be taking a complete rest from live performing and touring after being diagnosed with a serious heart defect.
The legendary 2-Tone frontman announced the news today (Thursday) on his social media accounts.
Staple was diagnosed as suffering from the defect at the beginning of December and was treated at three different hospitals.
Specialists have prescribed treatments and medications to try to control his symptoms, and his loved ones confirmed things do seem to have stabilised.
However, he has been advised to cancel all of his upcoming gigs and festivals.
Today’s released statement said: “Neville absolutely loves performing and is obviously devastated by this news.
“He had gigs and festivals lined up for 2024 and beyond, all of which will have to be cancelled.
“Neville knows his fans and followers will understand the decision that has had to be made and he wants them to know that he is in the best possible hands with his medical team, wife and family.
“He thanks you all for your love and support over the years and hopes to see you soon.
“Neville hopes to still attend personal appearances for charities, etc but will not be performing live shows.”
Neville, along with the rest of The Specials, helped to pioneer the 2-Tone movement when the genre exploded out of Coventry in the late 1970s and early 1980s.