5 things we learnt from our chat with UB40

UB40 are one of the biggest bands to come out of Birmingham in England. They’ll be here in Newcastle for a show at the Civic Theatre on the 18th of November. Here’s 5 things we learnt after our chat with their saxophonist Brian Travers.

This is the only band they’ve ever been in

“We all met at school. This is the only band we’ve ever been in, you know. None of us are amazing players, but we love playing music together”.

They split their royalties between the band members evenly

“We’ve seen bands that have made it big where the songwriter is staying in big hotels, eating caviar and getting limos to the gig while the other boys are still catching the bus. We didn’t want to be like that. It’s a good recipe for disaster”.

They’ve seen more of Australia than the average Australian

“We’ve clocked up some fucking miles across your country. To be honest, and I don’t mean to offend, but we’ve probably seen more of it than you”

They love meeting people

“We love meeting all the different people in the towns we play. It’s the people that really make a place. Even if we don’t get a chance to head out, just talking to the local road crew is a good way to get to know a place”.

They think the internet and social media are awesome

“When we started you had to be in London or New York to get noticed. Now you can be a kid from the outback of Australia who has a great idea and you can share it with the world”.


UB40 play the Civic Theatre on the 18th of November.

Written by Newcastle Live

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