Red Red Wine! British Reggae Band ‘UB 40’ live at Catholic Club-Bluru on Apr 21
Mangaluru: Make mine a vintage Red, Red Wine! Founding members of UB40 namely Ali, Astro and Mickey who recently released an actual bottle of ‘Merlot and Cabernet Franc’ 30 years after release of their hit single, will be in Bengaluru this Friday, 21 April 2017- and Team Mangalorean has got the front row seats to witness the masters of British reggae live. The founding members of Britain‘s biggest reggae band who sold over 70 million records, took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe.
UB 40 formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. Since then, the band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved huge international success. The band was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984, were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. One of the world’s best-selling music artists, UB40 have sold over 70 million records with their hit singles including their debut “Food for Thought” and two U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number ones with “Red Red Wine” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love“. Both of these also topped the UK Singles Chart, as did the band’s version of “I Got You Babe”
On 2nd September 2013, UB40 released their new album ‘Getting Over The Storm’, the reggae stars’ 20th studio album, and their first since 2010’s ‘Labour of Love IV’. Like many of UB 40’s previous albums, the group’s original material is complimented by a smattering of cover versions and interpretations. Interestingly, amongst the five original UB40 songs, the covers recorded for ‘Getting Over The Storm’ were originally written and/or recorded by country music artists. Knowing that country music is loved by Caribbean audiences, UB 40’s sax player Brian Travers had said, “We’ve all spent a lot of time in Jamaica, and country music is very much part of the fabric. It’s an honest music, just like reggae. The two genres really sit together well.”
As with all of UB40’s albums since 2005’s ‘Who You Fighting For’, all of the tracks were cut live in the studio. Formed in 1978, UB40’s have often been associated with politically charged lyrics, but that’s not the case with the lyrical themes found on ‘Getting Over The Storm’, with politics of the heart more to the fore. However, the album’s most political song is ‘How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?’, the 1929 Great Depression song written by Blind Alfred Reed, and later popularised by Ry Cooder on his self-titled 1970 album.
So if you are one of the fans of UB 40, plan your Friday night (6.30 pm) at Bengaluru- Catholic Club, Museum Road for a memorable night. Book your tickets online at Cleartrip.com.
The Band members performing in the Bengaluru concert are: Jimmy Brown – drums; Robin Campbell guitar – vocals; Earl Falconer – bass guitar; Norman Hassan – percussion, trombone, vocals; Brian Travers – saxophone; and Duncan Campbell – vocals