Brian will undergo surgery on Thursday (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)UB40 star Brian Travers has been forced to quit the band’s 40th anniversary tour after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
The 60-year-old musician was expected to join his bandmates, including Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan, on the celebratory tour which kicks off on Friday in Portsmouth.
However, it’s confirmed that he will no longer take part as he is due to undergo surgery for the tumour on Thursday.
Sharing the sad news in a statement posted on Facebook, Brian 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 premiere 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.’
The saxophonist went on to explain that he’s enjoyed ‘a great life with no regrets’ and has nothing else to add to his bucket list aside from beating the disease and returning to music, which he described as ‘the thing I love’.
UB40 Star Brian Travers To Miss 40th Anniversary Tour After Being Diagnosed With Brain Tumour UB40 star Brian Travers…
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The remaining UB40 members will continue with the tour on Friday (Picture: Redferns)He also hopes to resume ‘expressing myself through painting & sculpture’, adding: ‘It’s been a huge privilege and I thank you all for the opportunity to ‘live the dream.’
The remaining UB40 members also addressed the devastating news, and said in their own statement: ‘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.’
UB40 released their most recent album, For The Many, on 15 March.
The iconic band will perform at Portsmouth’s Guildhall on Friday before moving onto the rest of the UK and Europe.
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