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UB40 dispute Ali Campbell's reasons for leaving the band Get Tickets

Band members say Campbell jumped, he wasn’t pushed

UB40 have confirmed lead singer Ali Campbell is leaving the group after almost 30 years and 70 million record sales. Campbell, who sang on chart-toppers including ‘Red, Red Wine’, is said to be leaving to concentrate on solo projects. Pic: PA Photos
The seven remaining members of UB40 have disputed the reasons singer Ali Campbell has given for leaving, claiming he left of his own accord rather than being pushed out.

It was announced that Campbell had left last Thursday (January 24).The frontman claimed that he had issues with the band’s management.

However, the remaining band members have countered his claim by saying that Campbell left to pursue his solo career.

A spokesperson for the band said: “Ali made a very simple decision, he chose to pursue and put his solo career over and above continuing to work with UB40 after February 2008, it's as simple as that.

“He even engaged a solicitor to inform the band of his wishes, several weeks prior to their meeting, which given their 30-year career together speaks volumes.”

In a statement, the band claimed they were fully supportive of Campbell's solo work.

It reads: “The band feel very disappointed that having given Ali their full support throughout 2007 with his solo album that he was unable to commit to the promotion of the new studio album and the band's tour dates.

“This was a complete contradiction to previous statements and interviews given to press, radio, TV and even on his website.”

The statement claimed that Ali Campbell had not fallen out with his brother, band member Robin Campbell, although they disagreed about why Ali left the band.


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