UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell & Astro have today released new track “Sufferer,” which Ali has dedicated to his beloved friend and bandmate of over four decades, Astro, who tragically passed away last November. The track is the first taste of the new album Unprecedented, which will be released on June 17 via UMC. You can check “Sufferer” out below.
“Sufferer” is a song that Astro and I have always loved, from the brilliant Kingstonians,” comments Ali. “Astro was so proud of our version of this song, as am I. It’s the first track off our new studio album Unprecedented which will be out in the summer. This song is more poignant and special than I ever realized, after Astro heartbreakingly passed away after recording this album. We want to keep his memory alive through his music and this song and album.”
UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell’s UK tour, now happening in memory of Astro, begins next Friday February 25 at London’s O2 Arena. “I can’t wait to get back on stage and see all our wonderful fans, although it’s going to be incredibly difficult without Astro by my side. Remembering Astro, let the music play on. Big love, Ali.” Reggae Roast, London’s premiere reggae/dancehall soundsystem, will also join the line-up as special guests for the tour.
UB40 topped the UK singles chart on three occasions and sold 70 million records as they took their smooth yet roots-y musical blend to all corners of the globe. Between 1983 and 1998 the group produced three Labour Of Love albums, bringing hits such as Eric Donaldson’s “Cherry Oh Baby,” Lord Creator’s “Kingston Town,” and Johnny Osbourne’s “Come Back Darling” to a new, global audience. They also topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with their reggae covers of “Red Red Wine” and “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You,” and had a further UK No.1 with their cover of “I Got You Babe” with Chrissie Hynde.
UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey’s most recent album, 2018’s A Real Labour Of Love, debuted at No.2 in the UK album chart, only dropping one place a week later to No.3, and the album spent a month in the Top 10. The follow-up, Unprecedented will be released on June 17.
UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell play the following UK & European tour dates:
Friday 25: London The O2
Saturday 26: Brighton Centre
Monday 28: Dublin 3 Arena
Friday 4: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Saturday 5: Birmingham Utilita Arena
Sunday 6: Sheffield City Hall
Tuesday 8: Amsterdam Ziggodome.