Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

UB40 Still Going Strong 30 Years On

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

UB40 Still Going Strong 30 Years On

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Byline: Liana Turner


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UB40 will also tour Australia this November, taking in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

BRITISH reggae pop group UB40 will be bringing their iconic music back to Australia for Byron Bay Bluesfest next year.

Since getting back together about 18 months ago, the band has been touring relentlessly, vocalist Ali Campbell said.

When he spoke to the Tweed Daily News, he was on a day off between touring Europe and heading off to Edinburgh.

"The audiences seem to be really excited about us being back together," Campbell said.

"You can feel it; it's palpable."

While he's never really stopped performing music, Campbell said he was glad to be back with the band.

"I never stopped performing. It's just I left UB40, the old band which I started, about seven years ago now.

"I've carried on playing reggae all around the world.

"We're kind of trying to save the legacy of UB40, unlike the guys I left behind who I call the dark side."

Campbell said they were looking forward to taking to the Bluesfest stage.

"We're really happy we've been invited to do Bluesfest," he said.

He said after three decades, they were thrilled UB40's music was still in demand.

"It's amazing that we're still selling out 30 years after we started," he said.

"Nobody could imagine we'd still be going, let alone selling out."

Campbell said he had loved coming to Australia since their first tour here in 1981.

"I like all of the major cities actually and I also like Byron Bay," he said.

"I think Byron Bay is a pretty special place.

"It's got pretty special people there."

Campbell said their goal with the Bluesfest show was to perform the hits they were known for.

"We're not self-indulgent. …

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