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Ali Campbell was a founding member and lead singer of UB40 – one of the UK’s most beloved music institutions. The band achieved three UK Number Ones – Red, Red Wine, I Got You Babe (ft. Chrissie Hynde) and I Can’t Help Falling In Love with You – not to mention 17 Top 10 singles.

Ali left the original band in 2008 but was reunited with long-time UB40 collaborator Astro five years later. Ali and Astro then took the world by storm, captivating audiences everywhere they went, releasing three new albums together reaching Number 2 in the UK charts.

Heartbreakingly, Astro died following a very short illness in November 2021 after he and Ali had finished their incredible fourth album – Unprecedented – which was released this summer.

With Ali and a 10-piece touring band, UB40 are now ready to add tracks from Unprecedented to a formidable live set that contains material spanning more than four decades.

As well as favourites such as Red Red Wine, they have reintroduced some older tracks that have taken on a renewed significance. Among these are 1979’s King, inspired by the legacy of American Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, and 1997’s Guns In the Ghetto.

“Some of the older songs are still so appropriate,” says Ali. “We wrote King 42 years ago, but it still says something about America today. It’s the same with One In Ten for the UK. With the impact of coronavirus, we could soon be looking at unemployment figures on a par with the early 1980s.

“We are heading back out on tour, even though we’re still reeling from the loss of Astro,” he added. “It’s going to be daunting, because there’s no way we can replace Astro on stage, but he would have wanted these shows to go on. The current band are all fantastic musicians, and we’ve climbed back up to the biggest venues.”

In remaining true to the authentic reggae spirit Ali is now celebrating the legacy of his departed bandmate by keeping faith with their original shared ideals. “For me, it’s all about advancing reggae,” he said. “I love all kinds of music, but we’ve always promoted reggae. I’ve never deviated from that. I’m strictly reggae.”

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Ali Campbell was a founding member and lead singer of UB40 – one of the UK’s most beloved music institutions. The band achieved three UK Number Ones – Red, Red Wine, I Got You Babe (ft. Chrissie Hynde) and I Can’t Help Falling In Love with You – not to mention 17 Top 10 singles.

Ali left the original band in 2008 but was reunited with long-time UB40 collaborator Astro five years later. Ali and Astro then took the world by storm, captivating audiences everywhere they went, releasing three new albums together reaching Number 2 in the UK charts.

Heartbreakingly, Astro died following a very short illness in November 2021 after he and Ali had finished their incredible fourth album – Unprecedented – which was released this summer.

With Ali and a 10-piece touring band, UB40 are now ready to add tracks from Unprecedented to a formidable live set that contains material spanning more than four decades.

As well as favourites such as Red Red Wine, they have reintroduced some older tracks that have taken on a renewed significance. Among these are 1979’s King, inspired by the legacy of American Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, and 1997’s Guns In the Ghetto.

“Some of the older songs are still so appropriate,” says Ali. “We wrote King 42 years ago, but it still says something about America today. It’s the same with One In Ten for the UK. With the impact of coronavirus, we could soon be looking at unemployment figures on a par with the early 1980s.

“We are heading back out on tour, even though we’re still reeling from the loss of Astro,” he added. “It’s going to be daunting, because there’s no way we can replace Astro on stage, but he would have wanted these shows to go on. The current band are all fantastic musicians, and we’ve climbed back up to the biggest venues.”

In remaining true to the authentic reggae spirit Ali is now celebrating the legacy of his departed bandmate by keeping faith with their original shared ideals. “For me, it’s all about advancing reggae,” he said. “I love all kinds of music, but we’ve always promoted reggae. I’ve never deviated from that. I’m strictly reggae.”

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