UB40 Featuring Ali & Astro announce new online Signing Off concert
By Classic Pop | April 28, 2021
UB40 Featuring Ali & Astro have announced a special online concert available to view from June 16, 2021. The band’s very first online concert will see them performing UB40’s seminal 1980 album Signing Off in its entirety. Filmed at Stabal Studios on the outskirts of London, Ali & Astro will be accompanied by their eight-piece touring band.
“These are the first songs we wrote together as a band,” comments Ali Campbell. “It will be a joy to revisit them 40 years on. Sadly, King and Food For Thought are still relevant today. We give thanks that Gary Tyler has now been released,” adds Ali, referring to the inspiration behind the album’s opening track Tyler, who was finally released from prison in Louisiana in 2016.
“After 40-plus years, we can’t wait to play our debut album Signing Off in its entirety to the fans, it’s gonna be a happy trip down memory lane!” comments Astro.
Tickets available now from Stabal.com. The first 100 tickets will cost £4.99, which is the original album price, and the deluxe 30-day ticket will have three extra songs and an interview with Ali and Astro. With any 30-day tickets purchased before May 7th the customer will get their name on the show’s closing credits.
An instant critical success, Signing Off debuted at No.2 on the UK album charts and was later certified Platinum by the BPI, with singles Food For Thought and I Think it’s Going To Rain Today reaching the Top 10 of the UK singles charts. The album was recently reissued on limited edition double vinyl by UMC. The 2LP (180g) red vinyl reissue features all 10 original tracks, as well as three bonus tracks (Madam Medusa, Strange Fruit and Reefer Madness).
UB40 Featuring Ali and Astro’s most recent studio album, 2018’s A Real Labour Of Love, debuted at No.2 in the charts and spent a month in the Top 10.