As part of their 40th anniversary celebrations, Britain’s world-famous reggae band UB40 will release their first new single in six years, ‘Moonlight Lover’, on 12th October.

 

The single is the first to be released from UB40’s new album ‘For The Many’, which is due for release through Absolute/Universal on the eve of the group’s 40th anniversary tour in March 2019.

With UB40 founding member Norman Hassan on lead vocals, Moonlight Lover also features Birmingham rap artist Gilly G, who joined UB40 on stage at their sold-out concert at the Royal Albert Hall in June for the song’s first live performance. 

Having sung lead vocals on numerous UB40 songs throughout their career – including the live favourite ‘Johnny Too Bad’ from the Labour Of Love album – this is the first time Norman has featured as lead vocalist on a UB40 single.

The group’s new album ‘For The Many’ will be the Birmingham reggae veterans’ nineteenth studio album and, alongside Norman, features fellow UB40 founder members Robin Campbell (co-vocals/Guitar), Brian Travers (saxophone/keyboards), Jimmy Brown (drums), Earl Falconer (bass/keyboards/vocals), and long-time members Duncan Campbell (vocals) , Martin Meredith (saxophone), Laurence Parry (trumpet) and Tony Mullings (keyboards). 

The band will also be releasing two companion versions of ‘For The Many’, as Brian Travers explains, “We have really enjoyed making this album, a huge amount of work went into it. It became a massive piece of work so, in addition to the regular version of the album, there will be a dub version and a collaboration version, featuring guest artists from all around the world.” 

Co-vocalist and guitarist Robin Campbell added, “’For The Many’ is a great mix of reggae styles, while the different artists we have collaborated with will appeal to more fans and tastes in reggae - it really is an album for the many. The 2019 UK tour is a continuation of our 40th year celebrations, as well as sharing tracks from our latest album. Forty dates around the UK instead of a few arenas means that our fans from all over the UK can get to see us much more locally and up close - truly a tour for the many.”  

UB40 formed in 1978, naming themselves after the unemployment benefit form, before releasing their debut album ‘Signing Off’ in August 1980 – considered by many to be one of the greatest reggae albums ever released by a British band. 

It was the start of a career that has since seen UB40 have forty UK Top 40 hit singles and - with sales of over 100 million records – seen their albums reside in the UK’s Top 75 album chart for a combined period of eleven years, making UB40 one of the most successful British groups of all-time. 

The group’s extensive 40-date UK tour in 2019 will begin Portsmouth on 29th March 2019, with the final night of the tour taking place in Aylesbury on 21st May 2019. Tickets are available from www.eventbright.co.uk. 

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