NZ’s Got Talent star judge Ali Campbell returns to NZ with Ali Campbell's UB40. The legendary voice of Red Red Wine, Kingston Town, If It Happens Again and I Cant Help Falling In Love sold over 70 million records worldwide as the frontman for UB40. They notched up four number No. 1 world-wide singles, over 40 Top 40 UK singles, released 24 studio albums and received an Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement.
They are joined by very special guests, Toots & The Maytals. Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert was awarded the Distinguished Order of Jamaica in October 2012 and rightly so for the man popularly credited with giving reggae music its name with his 1968 song Do the Reggay.
That was only one of a string of hugely influential hits, all of which drew heavily on American R&B styles and combined them with the rocksteady and reggae sound. Toots & The Maytals influenced many future artists. Pressure Drop was covered by the Clash on their debut album, and Monkey Man became one of the signature songs of the 80s UK ska revival thanks to The Specials cover. This song was also covered by Amy Winehouse and most recently No Doubt on the 2005 Grammy award winning album, True Love. The album featured re-recorded versions of their classics alongside popular and legendary musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards, as well as popular artists today such as Ben Harper, The Roots, and Shaggy. Toots & The Maytals remain a relevant influence on today’s global music scene, with another Grammy nomination for his 2008 release Light Your Light. In recent years Toots has toured with The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow and Los Lonely Boys.
Tickets are on sale 9am Tuesday 4 December at Ticketmaster.