It seemed a bit odd when Ali Campbell, Mickey Virtue and Astro, all former members of UB40, announced that they were forming a new version of the band, especially as the original band was still a fully working entity with Campbell's brother Robin out front.
Five original member still remain in the original version of the band and they have posted a statement on their official website expressing their disappointment in the three former members, calling their action "pathetic." The group also indicated that legal action will be taken.
"We are outraged at this latest desperate attempt by our former band mates to hijack UB40Œs 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 bandfs 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 UB40Œs 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.
UB40fs 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 lawyersh.