In early August Ranking Roger was taken to hospital with a suspected mini stroke. We are pleased to report that Roger is recuperating at home but we are cancelling all our forthcoming live shows in the UK & USA. The Beat will return to touring just as soon as Roger has recovered but please stay tuned – the band had just finished recording a brand new album and Roger has been writing his autobiography about the early days of The Beat, more news on both of those very soon!
The Beat fronted by Ranking Roger released their spectacular fourth album Bounce (the first in over 30 years) in September 2016. The album shows off every gleaming aspect of one of the most musically diverse bands to come out of the multiracial, multicultural explosion that remade British pop from 1979 onwards. Joining Roger in the revitalised band is his son Ranking Junior AKA Matthew Murphy a powerhouse MC who brings to the band an update on the toasting that made Ranking Roger such a pivotal part of the original Beat. The same energy that drove the hit singles of the 80s; Mirror In The Bathroom, Stand Down Margaret and Too Nice To Talk To – is here again on the new album.
We are not currently taking bookings for The Beat feat Ranking Roger