UB40 announced the musical retirement of its vocalist Duncan Campell after the artist suffered a seizure at his home last week. The decision comes prior to the next summer shows that are already confirmed, as well as the extensive tour of the United Kingdom that the band will carry out in November and December, and that it will develop with a new leader in the lead voice.
According to an official statement issued by the British band, Duncan (63 years) spent the last year recovering from a stroke he suffered last August. The singer had been preparing for the reggae legend's UK tour later this year..
"Unfortunately, due to continued ill health, I have reluctantly decided to withdraw from the band to focus on my recovery. I am very grateful, and I would like to express my sincere thanks to the fans for all their support during this time and during my time with UB40. The band has my full support and, of course, best wishes for the future with your new singer “, Duncan Campbell expressed.
Duncan's brother and bandmate, Robin Campbell, said on behalf of UB40: "We have been rehearsing with every intention of Duncan performing again, but unfortunately, after suffering a major illness, you have made the decision to retire from music in order to fully focus on your life. Recovery. While we are deeply saddened, we fully understand and support your decision. When it comes to tours, we are ready to hit the road for our upcoming summer shows and will announce our new leader imminently “.
UB40 broke through in the early 80, led by Ali Campbell, with his unique version of white British reggae. Have had more than 40 singles on top 40, including popular covers of songs like Red Red Wine and I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You. UB40's new album, Bigga Baggariddim, was launched last week, with reggae artists from all over the world.
It should be noted that the band went through a complex time a few years ago that culminated in the division of the eight members into two factions.. Since leaving the group more than a decade ago, original singer Ali Campbell has toured as part of the separatist group UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey.