UB40 ft. ALI, ASTRO & MICKEY ANNOUNCE 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey return down under for their 40th Anniversary Tour next January and have announced a massive line-up of special guests will be joining them to celebrate.
Supergroup, the MARLEY NZ ALLSTARS are confirmed as special guests for all shows except Church Rd. This mega cast of NZ musicians includes Tiki Taane, Laughton Kora, Warren Maxwell* as well as members of Katchafire, Kora, L.A.B plus vocalists Annie Crummer*, Ria Hall, Anna Coddington and Boh Runga*. They will perform their highly-acclaimed celebration of Bob Marley, which sold out venues across NZ and Australia in recent months.
TIKI TAANE is possibly one of the country’s most well-known and diverse artists and considered a pioneer in the NZ music scene. The frontman of leading band Salmonella Dub, he embarked on his solo career in 2007 and has been firing up audiences with his powerful live performances and much-loved anthems. Tiki Taane will perform his ‘one man band’ show at the Church Road Winery show in Napier.
OPSHOP burst on to the NZ music scene in 2004 and they quickly became one of the most-loved rock acts of the generation. Their debut album sold Platinum, while the second went 3x Platinum and the third and final album also hit #1. With multiple power tunes such as ‘Big Energy in Little Spaces’, ‘No Ordinary Thing’, ‘Love Will Always Win’, ‘One Day’ and ‘Maybe’, plus multiple awards and accolades, we are excited to confirm the boys have been enticed out of their ‘hiatus’ to join us in Napier, Nelson and Christchurch.
Reggae By The River festival-goers at Waitangi are in some extra special additions to the bill, with British reggae star MAXI PRIEST and the return of local Northland heroes, 1814 adding to the festival flavor.
With 2019 marking 40 years since UB40 first performed live, the reggae icons will be celebrating with a ‘greatest hits’ set that features global smashes including ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Cherry Oh Baby’, ‘Rat In Mi Kitchen’ and ‘Kingston Town’. Ali, Astro & Mickey will be joined on-stage by their incredible eight-piece band.
Tickets for all dates are on sale now and all details and ticket links can be found at www.ub40.nz
THE BREEZE presents:
UB40 FT ALI, ASTRO & MICKEY – THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
FRIDAY 25 JANUARY – CHURCH ROAD, NAPIER
with special guests TIKI TAANE & OPSHOP
SATURDAY 26 JANUARY – REGGAE BY THE RIVER, WAITANGI, BAY OF ISLANDS
with special guests MARLEY NZ ALL-STARS, MAXI PRIEST & 1814
TUESDAY 5 FEBRUARY – TRAFALGAR PARK, NELSON
with special guests MARLEY NZ ALL-STARS & OPSHOP
WEDNESDAY 6 FEBRUARY – HAGLEY PARK, CHRISTCHURCH
with special guests MARLEY NZ ALL-STARS & OPSHOP
(WAITANGI DAY SHOW!)
* Annie Crummer appears in Waitangi only. Boh Runga, Warren Maxwell and Brad Kora appear in the South Island shows only
UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey’s new album ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ reached #2 on the UK Album Chart and #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart, with the album spending several weeks in the Top 10. The new album, the legendary reggae band’s highest chart entry since 1993’s #1 ‘Promises And Lies’, was Radio 2’s Album Of The Week and received 4-star reviews in the Daily Mail and Daily Star who said it “crackles with the energy of their classics.”
The next single to be taken from ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ was ‘How Could I Leave’, released in April. The follow-up to their Radio 2 playlisted single ‘She Loves Me Now’, ‘How Could I Leave’ is a fresh interpretation of a 1977 classic from the Crown Prince of reggae Dennis Brown. “It’s a standard because of the hook,”‘ says Ali. “It’s a real ear-worm, a bit like Johnny Cash’s Ring Of Fire.”
As founding members of Britain’s biggest reggae band UB40, singer Ali Campbell, second vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue topped the UK singles chart on three occasions and sold 70 million records as they took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe. Between 1983 and 1998 UB40 produced three ‘Labour Of Love’ albums, bringing hits such as Eric Donaldson’s ‘Cherry Oh Baby’, Lord Creator’s ‘Kingston Town’ and Johnny Osbourne’s ‘Come Back Darling’ to a new, global audience. They also topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with their reggae cover of Neil Diamond’s ‘Red Red Wine’. Now with ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ they give us a fresh take on the legendary series of albums, putting the focus primarily on reggae tracks from the 1980s.
Recorded and mixed at Dean Street and RAK Studios, ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ was produced by Ali, whose instantly recognisable voice is augmented by the ‘sing-jay’ vocal style of Astro. The latter takes the lead on six of the album’s 16 tracks, placing the two singers at the helm of an 11-piece band. Sadly, ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ also marks the passing of long-serving trombonist John Johnson. A former member of Simply Red who joined forces with Ali seven years ago, John played on the album but passed away shortly after the recording. The album is dedicated to him.
HIT NEW ALBUM ‘A REAL LABOUR OF LOVE’ AVAILABLE NOW
Official website: http://ub40.org