UB40 & STEEL PULSE
Sunday, 20th December – London, O2 Academy Brixton Monday, 21st December – O2 Academy Birmingham
REGGAE LEGENDS UB40 AND STEEL PULSE ANNOUNCE UK DATES
Birmingham’s reggae legends UB40 and Steel Pulse have confirmed they will play two very special shows together for the first time in December 2015.
The first show will take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on Sunday, 20th December, followed by a hometown show at the O2 Academy Birmingham on Monday, 21st December.
UB40 formed in 1978, naming themselves after the unemployment benefit form, before releasing their debut album ‘Signing Off’ in August 1980 – considered by many to be one of the greatest reggae albums ever released by a British band. It was the start of a career that has since seen the band have over forty UK Top 40 hit singles and achieve sales of over 100 million records, making UB40 one of the most successful British groups of all time.
UB40’s Robin Campbell said, “I’m looking forward to seeing Pulse again, they’re one of the best live reggae bands, a class act.”
Formed in 1975 at Birmingham’s Handsworth Wood Boys School, Grammy Award-winning Steel Pulse have been true to their roots for the past forty years. One of Bob Marley’s favourites, the band has maintained a sense of fierce integrity as it strives to get the message of love and justice across to all people. They won a Grammy for their 1986 album ‘Babylon The Bandit’, and received further Grammy nominations for the albums ‘Victims’, ‘Rastafari Centennial’, ‘Rage & Fury’, ‘African Holocaust’ and ‘Vex’.
UB40 are Robin Campbell (co-lead vocals and guitar), Duncan Campbell (lead vocals) Earl Falconer (bass, vocal), Brian Travers (saxophone and keyboards), Jimmy Brown (drums), Norman Hassan (percussion, vocals). The band also feature, Martin Meredith (sax) and Laurence Parry (trumpet) and Tony Mullings (keyboards).
Steele Pulse are David “Dread” Hinds (lead vocals, rhythm guitarist, composer and harmonica player), Selwyn “Bumbo” Brown (keyboards, vocals), Sidney “Predator” Mills (keyboards, backing vocals), Amlak “AmBASSador” Tafari (bass), Wayne “Ceesharp” Elvis Clarke (drums), Moonie (lead guitar), Keysha McTaggart (backing vocals), and Jerry “Saxman” Johnson (saxophone).
Tickets are £35 (STBF), available on O2 PRIORITY o2.co.uk/priority from Wednesday 27th May at 9.00am
General sale Friday 29th May at ticketweb.co.uk or 0844 477 2000
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