Astro quits UB40 band

Saturday, November 23, 2013

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BRITISH reggae band UB40 has lost another of its founding members. Percussionist/trumpeter Astro revealed his departure just days
after they announced a 2014 tour.

The website reports that Astro (real name Terence Wilson) called the band a "rudderless ship" with a lack of direction.

He is also quoted as saying UB40 lost focus after lead singer Ali Campbell and Mickey Virtue left.

"We've merely muddled our way through on a wing and a prayer. There has been a serious lack of communication between the band and management," said Astro.

Along with Brian Travers, James Brown, Ali Campbell, Robin Campbell, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan and Virtue, Astro formed UB40 in 1978.

They had a golden run throughout the 1990s with several international hits such as Red, Red Wine and I've Got You Babe.

In 2011, Travers, Astro, Hassan and Brown were declared bankrupt — along with Ali Campbell — relating to debts of
their record label.

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