Still feelin’ fine af­ter UB40 years

Tweed Daily News - - PULSE ENTERTAINER - Bob An­thony

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.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

FEEL SO FINE: Leg­endary Bri­tish band UB40 is com­ing to play its mul­ti­tude of hits at the Nightquar­ter at He­lensvale.

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