The UK’s most successful reggae band, UB40, will land on the Gold Coast this November, as part of a national tour which takes in Brisbane and Gold Coast as well as Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Cairns and those other cities: Sydney, Perth and Melbourne.
With nearly four decades of success that has spanned over forty hit singles, international stadium tours, festival headline slots and the dramatic departure of long time lead singer Ali Campbell back in 2008. The the remaining founding members, and principle songwriters, joined by new lead vocalist Duncan Campbell, have moved forward flourishing as they go, and keeping the UB40 legacy alive and well.
Five things you may not know about UB40:
- They formed 37 years ago, in 1978
- They released their debut album Signing Off in August 1980 and it is considered by many to be one of the greatest reggae albums ever released by a UK band
- They’ve had more than forty UK Top 40 hit singles with sales of over 100 million records, making them one of the most successful British groups of all-time
- Their latest Top 30 album Getting Over the Storm was awarded BBC Radio 2’s Album of the Week and received 5-star reviews from UK music press when it was released in September 2013.
- They got their name from the UK unemployment benefit form, UB40.
UB40 are 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 feature, Martin Meredith (sax) and Lawrence Parry (trumpet), who have both been in UB40’s touring line-up for over twenty years, and Tony Mullins (keyboards).
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Saturday 14 November, The Tivoli Brisbane, tickets through Ticketmaster.
Sunday 15 November, Cooly Hotel, tickets through Oztix.
Tuesday 17 November, C.ex Coffs Harbour, tickets through C.ex.
Thursday 12 November, Brothers Cairns
Saturday 14 November, The Tivoli Brisbane
Sunday 15 November Cooly Hotel Gold Coast
Tuesday 17 November, C.ex Coffs Harbour
Wednesday 18 November, Civic Theatre Newcastle
Friday 20 November Big Top Sydney
Saturday 21 November, Waves Wollongong
Tuesday 24 November, The Forum, Melbourne
Thursday 26 November, Thebarton Theatre Adelaide
Saturday 28 November, Metropolis Fremantle WA