UB40 saxophonist Brian Travers diagnosed with brain tumours

Ub40 saxophonist Brian Travers will miss the band’s 40th anniversary tour as he has been diagnosed with two brain tumours.
A post on the band’s Facebook page revealed the 60-year-old was hospitalised last Tuesday (19Mar18) after suffering a seizure at his home, and that brain scans revealed the two tumours. Brian announced that their upcoming tour would still go ahead, but he would be missing due to his illness.
“It is with great regret that I shall be unable to join my band mates (sic) in UB40 on our 40th anniversary tour, the guys have worked incredibly hard to perfect the songs in preparation for the live premier of our new album ‘For the Many’,” he wrote in the statement. “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 musician, who is a founder member of the British reggae group, explained that he has “no regrets” in life and “nothing to add” to his “bucket list” other than getting healthy and playing music again, as his hobbies of painting and sculpture.
The rest of the band added: “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’s 40th anniversary tour gets underway at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings, England next month. The group is not the only act using the UB40 name, as former frontman Ali Campbell acrimoniously left in 2008 and went on to perform with fellow ex-members Astro and Mickey Virtue as UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey, before Mickey quit in December. His brothers Robin and Duncan Campbell remain in the original band.