Still feelin’ fine after UB40 years
THE UK’S most successful reggae band, UB40, will land in Australia this month at the Night-quarter.
With hits like Red Red Wine, Can’t Help Falling In Love, Kingston Town, Here I Am and countless others, UB40 (named after the UK’S unemployment benefit form) became a household name around the world throughout the 80s and 90s, credited with reviving reggae across the world.
With more than 40 top 40 hits in their native Britain and sales of more than 100 million records, the band is one of the biggest UK music acts of all time, and continues to record charting albums while touring across the world including regular trips to Australia where it has firmly found a place in the hearts of fans.
“Our Australian tour in 2015 was so much fun for us. We were very keen to ensure we got back as soon as possible,” founding member songwriter Robin Campbell said.
After nearly four decades of success including their hit singles, international stadium tours, festival headline slots and the dramatic replacement of long-time lead singer Ali Campbell with his brother Duncan Campbell in 2008, the band continues with its key founding members and songwriting core, staying true to form and building on the legacy and ethos of the band.
UB40 is Robin Campbell (co-lead vocals and guitar), Duncan Campbell (lead vocals) Earl Falconer (bass, vocal), Brian Travers (sax and keyboards), Jimmy Brown (drums), Norman Hassan (percussion, vocals). The band also features Martin Meredith (sax) and Lawrence Parry (trumpet), who have both been in UB40’S touring line-up for more than 20 years, and Tony Mullins (keyboards), creating a genre-defining synergy of horns and rhythm section that are uniquely UB40.
■ Doors open from 4pm — UB40 will play Nightquarter on November 22.
FEEL SO FINE: Legendary British band UB40 is coming to play its multitude of hits at the Nightquarter at Helensvale.