LAS VEGAS (January 31, 2017) – UB40 icons Ali Campbell with Astro & Mickey Virtue, the founding members of the legendary reggae/pop ensemble that blazed a multicultural musical path with such global hits as “Red Red Wine” and “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You,” announces a U.S. Summer tour which wraps up Saturday, July 29 at Mandalay Bay Beach in Las Vegas. The iconic group is the first announcement of the resort’s 2017 Concerts on the Beach series.
Released in late November on UMC, Unplugged + Greatest Hits is a 2CD package containing a brand new Unplugged album plus UB40’s Greatest Hits which already went Silver in the U.K. Unplugged offers an inventive new spin on UB40’s early gems plus the huge hits with which they later wooed the world. Among the highlights on the album is a new version of “I Got You Babe,” featuring Ali’s 22-year-old daughter Kaya Campbell, who sings the lines originally performed by Chrissie Hynde when the track topped the UK charts in 1985.
That pop standard is one of four No. 1 singles on Unplugged, which also contains new takes of “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You” and “Red Red Wine” – complete with a fresh Astro talk-over ‘in an acoustic stylee’ – and a new version of “Baby Come Back” featuring Pato Banton, the Birmingham reggae star who took the song to the top of the charts with UB40 in 1994.
Since reuniting three years ago, lead vocalist Ali Campbell along with percussionist/trumpeter/vocalist Astro and Mickey Virtue on keyboards have developed into a formidable touring outfit with an 11-piece touring ensemble, complete with a three-piece horn section. Their world tours have included visits to North and South America, Nigeria, South Africa, Dubai and Papua New Guinea. 2016 has seen them return to the States, play Australia and visit the vineyards of New Zealand for a Red Red Winery tour. They are also made an emotional return to UK in April 2016, when they performed songs from the first two ‘Labour Of Love’ albums on an arena tour that included shows at London’s O2 Arena, the Brighton Centre and the Barclaycard Arena in their native Birmingham.
Tickets start at $45 (plus applicable service fees) and go on sale Friday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. at MandalayBay.com or Ticketmaster.com.
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