Brian Travers, the saxophonist of English reggae and pop band UB40, has been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
A founding member of the band, Travers was taken to hospital for MRI scans after he suffered a seizure at home on 19 March. Those scans revealed that he has two tumours of the brain.
With the band having scheduled in tour dates, Travers instead will undergo brain surgery on the opening day the tour was scheduled for. The band have since revealed that the tour will go ahead without Travers.
“We’re deeply saddened that Brian, our lifelong friend and founding member of UB40, is unable to join us for our celebratory UK tour,” the band said in a statement.
“We know he will be missed by all but his health and well-being 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.”
“It is with great regret that I shall be unable to join my band mates 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’,” Travers said later in a statement of his own.
“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.”
He added: “I’ve had a great life with no regrets and have absolutely nothing to add to a bucket list except getting over this and getting back to the thing I love, playing music to anyone who wants to listen and expressing myself through painting and sculpture. It’s been a huge privilege and I thank you all for the opportunity to ‘live the dream’.”