UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro: Global Live Online Concert
The band’s very first online concert will see them performing UB40’s seminal 1980 album ‘Signing Off’ in its entirety. Filmed at Stabal Studios on the outskirts of London, Ali and Astro will be accompanied by their incredible eight-piece touring band.
“These are the first songs we wrote together as a band,” comments Ali Campbell. “It will be a joy to revisit them 40 years on. Sadly, ‘King’ and ‘Food For Thought’ are still relevant today. We give thanks that Gary Tyler has now been released,” adds Ali, referring to the inspiration behind the album’s opening track ‘Tyler’, who was finally released from prison in Louisiana in 2016.
“After 40 plus years, we can’t wait to play the whole of 'Signing Off' to the fans. It’s gonna be a happy trip down memory lane!” comments Astro.
UB40, featuring Ali Campbell and Astro, are performing this global livestream concert exclusively on stabal.com
Virtual Doors open at 7.45 pm, show starts at 8pm BST.
Please note: All live stream events are subject to change. Not all events listed are live performances by the artist - they also include archived concerts, DJ sets, masterclasses, Q&As and more.
UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell & Astro
UB40 are Britain's greatest reggae artists and have survived more than 30 years in the music business and have clocked up more than 40 million record sales worldwide with songs like Kingston Town and Red, Red Wine. The summer of 1978 saw the eight members of the Birmingham band, soon to become UB40, drawn together by their love of Jamaican reggae. Taking their name from a notorious British unemployment form, the band played their first local gig in Birmingham in 1979, and spent the rest of the year performing at pubs and clubs around the UK. British radio legend John Peel was so impressed with the group's first demo tape that he invited them to perform on his Radio One show in 1980. At the same time, the band were also asked to support The Pretenders on their triumphant national tour. They released a Top 5 single in the UK in February 1980 and, in 1981, released a brace of albums, 'Present Arms' and 'Present Arms In Dub'. Their breakthrough came with the hit single, 'Red, Red Wine'. The song topped the British singles charts in 1983 and, after renewed promotion following the 1988 Nelson Mandela Concert at Wembley, the single reached the number 1 spot in the US. Only with Ali Campbell, the legendary voice of UB40, reunited with Astro, can audiences get to experience the closest thing to the sound of the hugely successful original line-up of UB40 as all the hits are played. They can also get to hear these two founding members’ and UK reggae pioneers’ latest take on the genre.
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