The songs of UB40 are set to be immortalised on stage when a musical based on the group's hit tunes opens next year (06).

The RED RED WINE band have given permission for 12 of their singles to feature in PROMISES AND LIES, which opens in their hometown of Birmingham, England in March 2006.

The group says, "We wanted to do more than simply string together our hits into a throwaway plot.

"It had to have a story that reflected our view of the world."

UB40 are the latest in a long line of artists, whose songs have inspired musicals, including Abba, Queen, Rod Stewart, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Madness.

05/07/2005 09:09