British reggae band UB40 are set to return for a New Zealand tour this year

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British band UB40 will be heading to New Zealand at the end of this year. Photo / Provided

British reggae band UB40 are set to hit the Tauranga stage next year as they announce their New Zealand tour today.

The acclaimed band will return to celebrate their 40th anniversary (2020) and perform all of their hits at shows in Napier, New Plymouth, Matakana, Tauranga, Nelson and Queenstown.

The rock bands Jefferson Starship and Dragon join them on the six dates.

In a statement released today, the group said it was still looking forward to the trips below.

“It’s one of our favorite places in the world to perform, but with so much uncertainty in the world over the past two years, we felt it was far more important to focus on everyone’s safety.

“Now that the borders have reopened, we are finally ready to return to New Zealand and put on the show the fans have been waiting for.”

The New Zealand tour will give audiences a taste of classic hits like Food for Thought, 1 of 10, Red Red Wine, Kingston Town and Can’t Help Falling In Love With You, as well as tracks from the latest For the Many and Bigga Baggariddim, which will be performed live in New Zealand for the first time.

The group have achieved over 40 top 40 hits in their native Britain and, with international sales of over 100 million records, are one of the greatest British music groups of all time.

After four decades of success, including their hit singles, international stadium tours and festival headliners, the band suffered the loss of founding member, lyricist and lead saxophonist Brian Travers, who lost his battle against cancer in 2021.

Although “there is a giant hole in the shape of Brian that can never be filled,” they said they have continued with the surviving key founding members and songwriting core, remaining true and steadfast. based on the group’s heritage and philosophy.

UB40 are founding members Robin Campbell (vocals and guitar), Earl Falconer (bass, vocals), Jimmy Brown (drums) and Norman Hassan (percussion, vocals) with new lead vocalist Matt Doyle.

The band also includes Martin Meredith (sax) and Laurence Parry (trumpet), both of whom have been touring and recording with UB40 for over 20 years, Tony Mullings (keyboards) and Ian Thompson (sax) creating a genre-defining synergy. brass and rhythm section which are UB40 only.

Jefferson Starship was born from the ashes of another legendary band from San Francisco, Jefferson Airplane, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Between 1974 and 1984 the group released eight gold and platinum albums and 20 hit singles, including We Built This City, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, Sara, Volunteers, White Rabbit, Wooden Ships, Somebody to Love, Today , Miracles, Count on Me, Fast Buck Freddie, Jane and Find Your Way Back.

They also sold out gigs around the world and had legendary rock and roll escapades. Today’s Jefferson Starship remains dedicated to breathing new life into the living catalog of Jeffersonian heritage, going to the limit, pushing sonic boundaries, and staying true to the original spirit of the music.

Representing local talent, Kiwi rockers Dragon deliver hits such as April Sun in Cuba, Are You Old Enough, Rain and Still In Love With You.

They were inducted into the New Zealand Hall of Fame in 2011 and with Todd Hunter and Mark Williams at the helm, they have continued to delight Kiwi crowds wherever they play.

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at noon on Thursday, April 21 and general public tickets go on sale at noon on Tuesday, April 26. Tickets are purchased from Trademark Group.

Tour dates

Thursday 29th December – Church Road Winery – Napier with Jefferson Starship, Dragon

Friday December 30 – Bowl of Brooklands – New Plymouth with Jefferson Starship, Dragon

Monday January 2 – Matakana Country Park – Matakana with Jefferson Starship, Dragon

Wednesday January 4 – Wharepai Estate – Tauranga with Jefferson Starship, Dragon

Friday January 6 – Trafalgar Park – Nelson with Jefferson Starship, Dragon

Saturday 7 January – Venue TBC – Queenstown with Jefferson Starship, Dragon

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