Earlier this month, I uploaded a blog post about the upcoming “So Called” UB40 concerts here in South Africa. As the title indicates, I was not sure which UB40 band members were actually going to perform, as I remember watching their former lead singer, Ali Campbell’s last performance with UB40 in Uganda. Below is the press statement from the real UB40.
Statement: 24 February 2014
Following the announcement by three former members of UB40, of their intention to perform live under the name “UB40”, for several shows in South Africa, the five remaining founder members of UB40 wish to make the following statement:
“We would like to make it known to all UB40 fans in South Africa that the current shows being advertised at several venues in South Africa as “UB40 shows”, are NOT genuine.
Three former members of UB40, Ali Campbell, Astro and Michael Virtue are fraudulently masquerading as UB40.
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 bandmates, through the media and otherwise. However, this latest attempt to confuse and hoodwink UB40’s fans is an act of desperation- assisted by Astro, Michael Virtue and the promoter “Seed Experiences”.
While their actions are highly immoral, they are also illegal, and we are currently pursuing the matter through the law courts. Meanwhile we make this statement as a warning to all UB40 fans not to be fooled by this blatant attempt to mislead and manipulate them.
We are presently in talks with our regular promoter, Attie Van Wyk of Big Concerts, who has brought us to South Africa before, and intend to tour there in the not to distant future.
We hope you will be able to join us then for a genuine UB40 concert!
Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, James Brown, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan.
End of Statement.
Issued on behalf of UB40: