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"We're still here": UB40 founding member on their new album and NZ tour

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 18 Apr 2024, 9:25am
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"We're still here": UB40 founding member on their new album and NZ tour

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 18 Apr 2024, 9:25am

Fans of the reggae and pop scenes will be very familiar with the works of UB40. 

The English band was formed in the late 1970’s, going through a few iterations as their music finds international success. 

Robin Campbell is a founding member of the band, having stuck with it for 45 years, throughout the drama, court cases, and a revolt. 

They’re popping over to New Zealand with the release of their 21st album ‘UB45’ stopping by Auckland and Christchurch in October on their ‘Red Red Wine Tour’. 

Campell told Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking that they have a few extra members in the band and a couple of new guys. 

“We’re firing on all cylinders, having a ball.” 

45 years is quite a significant amount of time for a band to be running, and Campbell said it’s always kind of a ‘pinch me’ moment. 

“You know, how the, how the heck are we still doing this after 45 years? Why are we so popular? How did we get so lucky?” 

The secret for them is doing what they love and hoping their fans and friends come along with them. 

“It’s just the way it’s always been for us, it’s always worked.” 

“It’s a wonderful position to be in.” 

UB45 releases Friday, 19th of April.

The Red Red Wine Tour will be coming to Christchurch on October 8th and Auckland on October 10th.

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