Original UB40 lead vocalists Astro and Ali Campbell to reunite Image

by Biko Kennedy

In what would be their first performance in close to six years of separating, UB40's founder and former frontman Ali Campbell will join forces with Astro at Campbell's December 6th concert at the O2's IndigO2 along with original UB40 keyboardist Mickey Virtue.

Following Astro's announcement to part ways with the band on Friday, November 22nd, the news comes as an amazing shocker to look forward to.

Astro, real name Terence Oswald, explained his departure as "the band [being] like a rudderless ship with no clear direction…After a well-documented turbulent few years I feel that it is time to draw a line in the sand and move on. Since Ali and Mickey departed, the band has merely muddled our way through on a wing and a prayer. There has been a serious lack of communication between the band and management [but] I believe they deserve better than this and I am sorry but I cannot and will not lose my integrity as a respected reggae musician. Therefore I have no alternative but to part company with the band."

Four days later Astro made headlines again bursting with the news of the reunion. "It's going to be great working with Ali again after all this time," Astro expressed. "We started on a mission to promote Reggae music and that mission is still ongoing. Onwards and upwards!"

Ali Campbell added: "We originally formed UB40 to promote reggae. It was never about promoting individual band members - it's about the music and the fans. Nothing else matters. Welcome home Astro!"

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