UB40 have officially confirmed a set of brand new Irish tour dates for 2014! Music Scene is delighted to reveal that reggae / pop legends UB40 will be performing live on stage at The Academy in Dublin for two headline shows on Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th of March 2014. Tickets for UB40 live at The Academy in Dublin are priced from €40 including booking fee and are on sale now through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for UB40 live at The Academy in Dublin this coming March 2014.
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*Please note that UB40 will also be performing live at the following venues in Ireland this coming March 2014:
UB40 have sold over 70 million records which include their debut ‘Food For Thought‘, and two US Billboard Hot 100 number one’s with ‘Red Red Wine‘ and ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love‘. Both of these also topped the UK singles charts, as did the band’s version of ‘I Got You Babe‘.
Reggae stars UB40 released their first album in three years in September 2013, ‘Getting Over The Storm‘, which is the band’s 20th studio album and their first since ‘Labour of Love IV‘ released in 2010.
Like many of UB40’s previous albums, the group’s original material is complimented by a smattering of cover versions and interpretations. Knowing that country music is loved by Caribbean audiences, UB40’s sax player Brian Travers 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.”
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 their new album ‘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. “We reworked the lyrics to update them a bit,” explains Robin “But that’s the only political lyric on the album. The rest are ‘somebody-done-somebody-wrong’ songs. We all know someone who’s had their heart broken.”
UB40’s lead singer Duncan Campbell, singing on his second full album with UB40 since replacing his brother Ali Campbell in 2008, comes into his own on ‘Getting Over The Storm’. Brian is quick to pay tribute to his bandmate, “Duncan’s been a singer all his life, but it’s been a really steep learning curve for him coming into the band and becoming a recording artist. His voice and his style of singing is really suited to the songs on ‘Getting Over The Storm’. He’s done a great job.”
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