UB40’s Brian Travers isn’t giving up vices after brain tumour surgery

Ub40 star Brian Travers is refusing to give up his penchant for alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes despite undergoing surgery to remove a double brain tumour.
The 60-year-old saxophonist was forced to sit out the Red Red Wine hitmakers’ current 40th anniversary tour after suffering a seizure at his home last month (Mar19), which led doctors to discover the tumours and take him in for surgery.
Travers has been making a good recovery ever since, and he claims the operation has given him a new lease of life – but he won’t be quitting his long-held vices, because it’s provided him with years of creative inspiration.
“I told the docs I wasn’t going to give up booze, I wasn’t going to give up fags (cigarettes), and I wasn’t going to give up recreational drugs,” he explained to Birmingham, England’s Sunday Mercury paper.
“I love them all and they give me my serotonin, which makes me happy and creative to do my art. I’ll do anything that makes me happy. From scoring music to writing stuff, I’ll do anything to get my brain motivated.”
Travers insists he has “no regrets”, and even though he faces further chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment, it won’t make him change his ways.
“I’ve lived my life to the full and I’m going to carry on living it to the full – I’m a rock and roller!” he added.
“I have never felt more alive, and I am bursting with ambition. I have never had a greater gift than this operation. I am going to make some great art, and I am so excited.”