Breaking news from The UB40 Experience
UB40 sax Legend performed with The UB40 Experience 16th May 2014 at The Diamond. Since then, Brian has been a performing guest with the band on a number of occasions.
Breaking news .....
Following the announcement by three former members of UB40 of their intention to ‘reform’ to record a new album and to perform live under the name UB40, the five founding members of UB40 wish to make the following statement:
“We are outraged at this latest desperate attempt by our former band mates to hijack UB40′s brand name, business and legacy. As UB40 we have worked continuously for the last 35 years touring the world with our live show and promoting our recorded albums.
“As our fans know, Ali Campbell left UB40 six years ago citing issues with the band’s management, and has since pursued a solo career. In that time, Ali has repeatedly attempted to discredit his brothers and former band mates, through the media and otherwise, but this latest attempt to confuse and manipulate UB40′s fans is, frankly, pathetic. We are disappointed that he feels it necessary to behave in this way and equally disappointed that Astro has joined with him.
“UB40’s five remaining founding members Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan will be touring extensively throughout 2014 and the UK in March and April. With this in mind, UB40 are delighted to announce that extra dates have been added, including a second night in Birmingham on April 19th, with tickets going on sale from Monday, 27th January.
For all genuine UB40 dates please go to our official website, Facebook and Twitter pages at www.UB40.co.uk , facebook.com/ub40official and @UB40official.
“As for Ali, Mickey and Astro, the matter is now in the hands of our lawyers”.
The three original members of the Birmingham reggae band, UB40, have announced they are reforming.
Vocalists Ali Campbell and Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue, who together started the act in 1978, said on their website they were recording new songs.
The band, who have signed to Cooking Vinyl Records, will also headline the Bearded Theory Festival, at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, in
Reggae musicians look set for a showdown over the use of the name UB40 after former members of the band announced they were adopting it, despite a rival camp already touring and recording with the title.
Ex-singer Ali Campbell has teamed up with past founders of the once chart-topping group Astro and Mickey Virtue to form another band and have now announced they too will be called UB40.
It appears to have been established in opposition to the other members of the band - led by Ali's brother Robin Campbell - who have continued to use the name.
The group originally formed 36 years ago clocking up hits with songs such as Food For Thought, One In Ten, Red Red Wine and a cover of the Sonny and Cher classic I Got You Babe.
But Ali Campbell and Virtue quit the line-up in 2008 over "management difficulties" leaving the others to continue under the name UB40, and Astro followed in November of last year. The departing trio were then reunited onstage at a gig at London's IndigO2 venue last month.
After setting up a new website they posted a message to inform their fans this week: "The three founding members have reformed and reunited to bring you the true sound of UB40. Ali, Astro and Mickey are currently in the studio working on a new album...more info soon."
And a spokesman confirmed this had brought "the three founding members back together, performing and recording as UB40 once more".
The existence of two groups sharing the same name echoes other disputes over the years including a legal battle for the right to the name Bucks Fizz. In the court fight which three past members of the Eurovision-winning group brought against the sole original member who had retained the rights to the name, they were judged to have given up their rights by leaving the line-up.
The UB40 musicians may not have the stomach for a legal fight as several - sax player Brian Travers, drummer Jimmy Brown, percussionist Norman Hassan and Astro - were made bankrupt in 2011. Their financial difficulties had been ongoing for a number of years.