UB40’s 40th Anniversary Tour Comes to the Spotlight 29 Showroom
Spotlight 29 Casino is proud to present UB40’s 40th Anniversary Tour on Saturday, August 31st at 8 p.m. in the Spotlight Showroom. Tickets for the platinum-selling British reggae band are $35, $40 and $50, on sale Friday, February 1st at 10 a.m. at the Casino Box Office and Spotlight29.com. Booths including six tickets are also available for $360. Spotlight 29’s Spotlight Showroom offers the premier entertainment experience in the Coachella Valley.
UB40 was formed in Birmingham, England, in late 1978 by singer-guitarist Ali Campbell and the rhythm section of drummer Jimmy Brown and bassist Earl Falconer. Inspired by blues, ska, rock, reggae and soul music, their debut album, Signing Off, spent 71 weeks on the U.K. charts and eventually went platinum.
The group’s popularity in the U.S. was firmly established with the release of 1983’s Labour of Love, which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The first of several all-covers releases from the band, it produced three Top-20 hits in “Please Don’t Make Me Cry” (Winston Groovy), “Many Rivers to Cross” (Jimmy Cliff) and “Cherry Oh Baby” (Eric Donaldson), plus the world-wide No. 1 smash, “Red Red Wine” (Neil Diamond).
In 1985, the band scored a Top-10 hit with a cover of Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You, Babe” featuring Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. The release of 1989’s Labour of Love II produced the singles “The Way You Do the Things You Do” (the Temptations) and “Here I Am, Come and Take Me” (Al Green). The group returned to the top of the charts in 1993 with a cover of Elvis Presley’s “(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You” from the album Promises and Lies.
In 2008, Duncan Campbell replaced his brother Ali as lead singer. The band’s current lineup also includes six founding members in Robin Campbell (guitar, vocals), Brian Travers (saxophone), Brown (drums), Falconer (bass) and Norman Hassan (percussion, trombone, vocals), plus longtime touring musicians Martin Meredith (saxophone, keyboards), Laurence Parry (trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn) and Tony Mullings (keyboards).
Groove to the hits of UB40 on Saturday, August 31st at 8 p.m. in the Spotlight Showroom. Tickets are available at Spotlight29.com, Star Tickets (800) 585-3737, and at the Casino Box Office. All attendees must be 21 or over.
For more information, visit Spotlight29.com.