UB40

UB40
21
/ Oct
Wednesday
2015

UB40

Venue
Tobin Center
Location
115 Auditorium Circle
Time
07:30 pm
Price
$29.50+
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H-E-B PERFORMANCE HALL
OCT 21, 7:30 PM

ALI CAMPBELL, THE LEGENDARY VOICE OF UB40, REUNITED WITH ASTRO AND MICKEY VIRTUE

VIP Packages available… See below

As original members of UB40, Ali, Mickey and Astro helped to define reggae music for a generation. The multi-racial band, formed in 1979 in the Birmingham suburb of Moseley, pooled a diverse set of influences to put a fresh, indigenous slant on Jamaican reggae. After encouragement from Chrissie Hynde, who offered them support slots with her chart-topping band The Pretenders, they recorded their independently released debut album, Signing Off, on an eight-track tape machine in the home of producer Bob Lamb. An unexpected number two album, it gave them the conviction to chart their own course.

“Chrissie Hynde discovered us,” recalls Ali. “We’d only done a dozen gigs when she saw us at the Rock Garden in London. She was top of the charts at that time, but she took us on tour. We were on the road with The Pretenders when our first single, Food For Thought and King, reached number four in the charts.”

“We owed a lot to the late 1970s ska movement, too,” adds Mickey. “We shirt-tailed the ska movement but we also stood apart from the 2-tone acts: their thing was a mix of punk and ska and ours was a new homegrown strand of reggae.”

UB40 went on to dominate charts around the world, not least with the hugely successful Labour Of Love series. The first Labour Of Love album, in 1983, yielded a cover of Neil Diamond’s Red Red Wine that topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The band secured two further chart-topping singles at home in (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You (also another US number one) and I Got You Babe, a duet between Ali and the band’s old friend Chrissie Hynde, and Ali and Robin Campbell also scored a No.1 with Baby Come Back.

UB40 – VIP MEET & GREET PACKAGE ($175) INCLUDES:
One reserved ticket located in the first 10 rows
VIP early entry into the venue
Exclusive meet & greet with UB40
Personal photograph with UB40
Autographed 8×10 photo
Autographed CD copy of UB40’s new album: UB40 Greatest Hits – Live
Specially designed tour shirt (exclusive to VIP package only)
Official meet & greet laminate
Limited availability

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