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Old 27th November 2009, 02:51 PM
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Talking Dublin - my mum's first UB40 gig

My mum had to put up with me as a teenager listening to UB records (yes by that I mean vinyl ) over and over again. Twenty years has passed since I first fell in love with the band and I finally persuaded my mum to accompany me to a UB40 gig. I'll admit it was more because she had never visited Dublin and fancied a few days away but to give her credit she joined in with the whole "loonie thing" - queuing for hours in the cold and rushing to the front. Not bad for a lady in her late 60s!

I must say that reggae is not really her thing...but I think I may have opened her eyes (or should I say ears!) She loved Eddy Grant. I must agree he was amazing live, such energy on stage! Anyone going to a gig on this tour is in for a real treat. His lovely lady backing singers were a real delight!

The boys did their usual waves when they saw me and my friends at the front. I mouthed "this is my mum" and RBC said "hello mum!" and gave a huge wave. When BT saw her he put his hand on his heart. Much respect back to you sir

I know there were a few grins from the stage as the boys noticed her shielding her ears from the noise. Not, she has stressed, that she didn't like the music, just that she wasn't used to being so close to booming speakers!

Before Impossible Love, when RBC says "this is one to dance to your partner to" he looked at me and said "or your mum!" Big grins from mum and me and of course I just had to buy the live CD of the gig to hear my mum mentioned!

After the gig we were lucky enough to see the boys for a few moments. Mum got hugs from RBC, BT and Norman and said how lovely they were and such gents No photos sadly as my camera had drowned the day before

She told me she can see why I love UB40 - both for their music and because they're such lovely guys. So on behalf of me and my mum a big thank you to UB40 and Paul for a great night

Love, Elise & Sue xxxxxxxxxxxxx

P.S. I think I may put a few tunes on a CD for her...and see if she plays them!
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Old 27th November 2009, 02:58 PM
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Awww thats lovely Elise. Sounds like we have another 'Loonie' in the making.

Our boys are so generous with their love and time. They go out of their way to make us feel special. That is probably why we love and respect them so much.

Glad you and your mum had a brilliant time and hope you manage to get her to a few more gigs x

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Old 27th November 2009, 02:58 PM
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Nice one Elise. grooot schtufff. PS mrs Tang says a big hello to ya Mum ,
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Old 27th November 2009, 02:59 PM
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What a treat.
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Old 27th November 2009, 03:04 PM
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nice you both had the 'UB' experience, shame about your camera tho..

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Old 27th November 2009, 03:08 PM
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Love the pic bOi! Yes she looked something like that but without the pained expression...I kept looking and she was smiling all the way through it!
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Old 27th November 2009, 03:15 PM
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great post, thanx for sharing a lovely story, brings it home...what this forum can mean to some folk.... a place to share a few wee thoughts amongst kindred spirits...
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Old 27th November 2009, 03:24 PM
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Thanks for the review Elise. What a special treat for your mum!

shame about your camera

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Old 27th November 2009, 03:45 PM
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Elise your mum made it through all the queueing and the concert i didnt so hats off to Sue, and i must just say what a lovely lady she is
i will mail you all the pics i took if you want, i know it aint the same but we were sort of next to each other
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Old 27th November 2009, 03:52 PM
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Before Impossible Love, when RBC says "this is one to dance to your partner to" he looked at me and said "or your mum!" Big grins from mum and me and of course I just had to buy the live CD of the gig to hear my mum mentioned! fantatstic!..

wish there was one for the Rome gig.......

a great idea selling these live CD's


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