Jerry " Theydid a fantastic Job, but I think one of the reasons I was excluded and didn't want to take part was because I had expressed the opinion that the real Specials would never do a gig where real Specials fans could not get in - Bestival was already sold out. I went, and it was very wierd for me. Without my influence it felt like they were playing themselves a bit , it was too much of a fun thing, a bit of a "Stars of the 80's" nostalgia vibe, not what a real reunion would have been at all. There was something missing, but unfortunately I'm the only person who knows what that is. The subtleties in the music were a bit lost on them. Doesn't make it alright should have had the hairs on the back of your neck standing up but compare it to the record and the heart and soul were a bit lacking. the best excuse for a reunion is if you can do some really good new music. The guy playing keyboards pulled his cap over his face so you could see it wasn't me, which says it all."
Sounds like Jerry's willing to come back then. I think everyone agrees that The Bestival was totally the wrong place to do the first gig in 27 years and this was reflected in that there was no major reports or write ups in any of the national newspapers. Here's too the next gig with Dammers on keys and all the true fans present !!