UB40 feat. Ali and Astro plus special guests Jimmy Cliff and Aswad - Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace
Friday 17th June 2022 (Rescheduled)
100-million-selling UB40 feat. Ali and Astro have been announced as the final headliner of Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace on Friday 17th June. They will be joined in Blenheim Palace’s stunning Great Court by the legendary Jamaican singer Jimmy Cliff and one of the all-time great British reggae bands Aswad.
UB40 feat. Ali & Astro will perform some of their best-known hits from their string of chart-topping albums including ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘I Got You Babe’, ‘(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You’, ‘Kingston Town’ and many many more.
Joining as very special guest will be Grammy Award-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Cliff with his extensive catalogue of anthems including ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, ‘Many Rivers To Cross’, ‘Wonderful World, Beautiful People’, ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’ and ‘The Harder They Come’.
Aswad, who scored a huge UK number one in 1988 with ‘Don’t Turn Around’, will kick off this incredible reggae triple bill on what promises to be another wonderful night at Blenheim Palace, one of the most unique and beautiful venues in the country.
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“I got one more shot at the goal/Straight from my soul/I’m in control,” sings reggae legend Jimmy Cliff on “One More,” the lead track from REBIRTH, the new Universal Music Enterprises album from the Grammy-winning musician, actor, singer, songwriter, producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, produced by punk icon Tim Armstrong, of Rancid and Operation Ivy fame.
The release, his first studio album in seven years, is the next step in their collaboration on last year’s Sacred Fire EP, an effort Rolling Stone called Cliff’s “best music in decades… [his] tenor still soars.” With the groundbreaking 1972 film The Harder They Come celebrating its 40th anniversary, Cliff—who starred in the movie and contributed the title cut, “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” “Many Rivers to Cross” and “Sitting in Limbo” to the soundtrack—is still going strong in a career that has spanned almost 50 years and includes his native Jamaica’s highest honor, the Order of Merit. In REBIRTH’s autobiographical “Reggae Music,” Cliff recounts going to see famed Jamaican producer Leslie Kong in 1962 to convince him to work with him, releasing Cliff’s first hit, “Hurricane Hattie,” when he was just 14.
“Jimmy is one of my musical heroes and I’ve been responding to his music my entire life,” said Armstrong, who had never met Cliff before, but was once recommended to him by mutual friend Joe Strummer of The Clash. Gathering Armstrong’s studio band, the Engine Room (bassist/percussionist J Bonner, drum/percussionist Scott Abels, organ/percussionist Dan Boer and piano/lead guitarist Kevin Bivona), the first song they tackled was a cover of Rancid’s “Ruby Soho,” a ska-tinged number from the band’s 1995 album …And Out Came the Wolves about a musician having to tell his lover he’s headed for the road.
“I had no idea it was one of Tim’s songs, but I liked it and could identify with the sentiments,” said Cliff. “I never really had the opportunity to hear his music, but it was a great thing how we hit if off in the studio.”
They also worked on a cover of The Clash’s “The Guns of Brixton,” a song about the growing tension in Brixton at the time. Ironically, Strummer’s last session ever was with Cliff on “Over the Border, a song from Jimmy’s 2004 album, Black Magic. It was at that time Joe talked up Armstrong as someone who might make a good collaborator for him.
“It was inspiring working with Tim because even the sound of the album feels like we went back to the ’60s and ’70s,” said Cliff. “I had forgotten about a lot of the sounds and the instruments we used then, and we brought that all back.”
“Now the tides have turned/And the rewards we have earned/Bringing us good feeling/Set our hearts a-reeling.” “Our Ship Is Sailing”
While REBIRTH is named after what Cliff perceives as his own artistic revival, the reggae pioneer has never really been away, working with a who’s-who of other rock legends over the years, including the Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello and Annie Lennox, his songs covered by the likes of Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Cher, New Order and Fiona Apple. His patented sweet tenor is the most recognizable vocal in reggae along with his only fellow Jamaican Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Bob Marley. Last year, he made a triumphant appearance at the Bonnaroo festival that put him back on the pop music map.
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