UB40 Singer Duncan Campbell Announces Retirement Following Seizure


UB40 Singer Duncan Campbell Announces Retirement Following Seizure

UB40 today announced the retirement of lead singer Duncan Campell. For the upcoming summer shows and the extensive UK tour in November/December a new frontman will be announced soon. Read the full statement below: 

"UB40 singer Duncan Campbell has announced his retirement from music after suffering a seizure at his home last week.

Duncan, 63, who has spent the past year recovering from a stroke he suffered last August, had been preparing for the reggae legend’s UK tour later this year.

Duncan said, “Unfortunately, due to continued ill health, I have reluctantly decided to retire from the band so as to focus on my recovery. I am very grateful, and would like to express my sincere thanks, to the fans for all their support during this time and indeed throughout my time with UB40. The band have my full support going forward and, of course, my very best wishes for the future with their new singer.

Duncan’s brother and bandmate Robin Campbell said on behalf of UB40: “We’ve been rehearsing with every intention of Duncan’s return to performing, but sadly, after suffering further illness he has made the decision to retire from music in order to concentrate fully on his recovery. While we are deeply saddened, we completely understand and fully support his decision. As far as touring goes, we are ready to hit the road for our upcoming summer shows and will be announcing our new front man imminently.

Photo of Duncan Campbell taken by Celine Diels in Haarlem (Netherlands) in 2018.