July 28 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Excitement is building ahead of UB40’s concert in Hatfield Park.
The chart-topping reggae favourites will be appearing in the grounds of Hatfield House this evening (Saturday) for an outdoor show as part of their current tour.
Fans from all over the country will be heading to the stately home for the gig, and to relive the band’s heyday when hits such as Kingston Town, Cherry Oh Baby, I Got You Babe, (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You, If It Happens Again, Rat In Mi Kitchen, Food for Thought, Sing Our Own Song and number one hit Red Red Wine made them one of the world’s most popular reggae acts.
Founded in Birmingham in the late 1970s, and drawn together by their shared love of Jamaican reggae, the group took their name from a notorious British unemployment form.
Although there is another version of the band using the UB40 name today, the reunited incarnation playing at Hatfield House today features original vocalist Ali Campbell, fellow founder member and singer Astro Wilson, and keyboard player Mickey Virtue.
* Red Red Wine
* Kingston Town
* Cherry Oh Baby
* I Got You Babe
* (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You
* If It Happens Again
* Rat In Mi Kitchen
* Food for Thought
* Sing Our Own Song
Gates to Hatfield House for today’s gig will open at 5pm.
The concert in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field is due to start around 7.30pm.
Tickets for the gig are priced £38 in advance and the group’s show at Burghley House earlier this month sold out.
It was a “fabulous night”, according to show organisers Live Promotions.
A report on Live Promotions’ website said: “What a fabulous night we had with Ali Campbell, Astro, Mickey Virtue and the boys in UB40, in the spectacular setting of Burghley House.
“It really couldn’t have been better!
“The early threat of thunderstorms gave way to one of the warmest and most glorious evenings of the year.
“The lucky people who attended were thrilled to hear the stars go through all of their greatest hits.
“After the concert had concluded, the audience just would not let Ali and the rest of UB40 go home, demanding more.
“They returned to the stage to a tremendous roar from the crowd, finishing their encore with Kingston Town and Red Red Wine.”
A posting on the band’s website – http://ub40.org/ – earlier this year read: “Ali Campbell and Astro Wilson are the voices of UB40 – they created the sound on record and on stage.”
The group’s statement continued: “There is only one vocal sound for UB40 and only two genuine vocalists and it is us.”
The Labour of Love band’s statement added: “We sing reggae, songs we recorded as UB40, plus new material.
“UB40 is who we are and the fans can judge for themselves.”
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