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Brian Travers Diagnosed With Brain Tumour

UB40 Star Brian Travers To Miss 40th Anniversary Tour After Being Diagnosed With Brain Tumour 

UB40 star Brian Travers has revealed he has been diagnosed with a brain tumour, forcing him to miss the group’s 40th anniversary UK tour.

The group’s saxophonist was taken to hospital last Tuesday after suffering a seizure at his home, with subsequent brain scans revealing two tumours. 

Travers will now undergo surgery the day before UB40’s tour starts and has been advised by doctors that his recovery will take six months. 

Travers said, “It is with great regret that I shall be unable to join my band mates in UB40 on our 40th anniversary tour, the guys have worked incredibly hard to perfect the songs in preparation for the live premier of our new album ‘For the Many’. They sound great, but I shall be there in spirit, cheering them on from my convalescence and thinking of all the wonderful people out there who have supported us for the last 40 years, who I am now incredibly proud to count as friends. I’ve had a great life with no regrets and have absolutely nothing to add to a bucket list except getting over this and getting back to the thing I love, playing music to anyone who wants to listen and expressing myself through painting & sculpture. It’s been a huge privilege and I thank you all for the opportunity to ‘live the dream’.”

The band has confirmed the tour, which starts on Friday 29th March at Portsmouth’s Guildhall, will still go ahead. 

UB40 said, “We’re deeply saddened that Brian, our lifelong friend and founding member of UB40, is unable to join us for our celebratory UK tour. We know he will be missed by all but his health and wellbeing come first, and we are sure our friends and fans will join us in wishing Brian a full and speedy return to health, and return to us.”

With forty Top 40 UK hits and record sales of over 100 million worldwide, UB40 are recognised as one of the UK’s most successful bands of all-time. 

The group’s latest album ‘For The Many’ was released on March 15th 2019. 

Support Announced For UK Tour

We are happy to announce that KIOKO & Gold Dubs will be supporting us on the UK Tour !!
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We are happy to announce that KIOKO & Gold Dubs will be supporting us on the UK Tour 🇬🇧!! #Reggae #ForTheMany #40thAnniversary #Kioko #GoldDubs

Posted by UB40 on Friday, 8 March 2019

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New Show Festival Ecaussysteme

We’re happy to announce we’ll be playing at the Festival Ecaussysteme on the 28th of July.

Tickets on sale now!

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New 2019 ShowWe're happy to announce we'll be playing at the Festival Ecaussysteme on the 28th of July. �Tickets on sale now! Love�UB40

Posted by UB40 on Wednesday, 6 February 2019

New Music Video

You Haven’t Called is the second single to be released from UB40’s forthcoming new album For The Many and now here is the video for the single.

‘You Haven’t Called’ was written by UB40 founding member, co-vocalist and guitarist Robin Campbell, and features his younger brother Duncan Campbell on lead vocals.

Robin said, “I wrote ‘You Haven’t Called’ over 20 years ago, specifically for a solo album Duncan was recording in Jamaica. It was meant to be a nod to the cool ruler Gregory Isaacs (Official Gregory Isaacs) in the style of ‘Night Nurse’ and ‘The Border’. Duncan loved the track, but his producer at the time had other ideas, so the song never made it beyond the demo stage.

“I’ve always harboured a desire to record the song and when I played the demo to the rest of the band everybody loved it, so we decided to rerecord it for our new album.”