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He had left school early without qualifications, but his month-long hospitalisation fostered a love of history - and UB40 was funded by his compensation.
Campbell, who, along with Mickey, left the original UB40 in 2008, is enjoying playing to packed audiences around the world and is looking forward to his first visit to Llangollen.
Ali, who has eight children including two with his current wife Julie, says: "No-one patented the name UB40 because we were told it was a government registration form and it couldn't be trademarked.
UB40 pictured in 1985 when they were at the height of the fame.
In terms of UK hits UB40 are up there with Elvis Presley, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
When Duncan started to sing with UB40, he thought he was just doing a holding job so that it would be possible for Ali to come back.
Thereby, leaving the remaining members to carry on as UB40 and that is what we did.
He will be reunited on the eisteddfod stage with percussionist, trumpet player and vocalist, Astro, and keyboard player, Mickey, all three being founding members of the original UB40.
On behalf of UB40, we can't wait to get back on the road in the UK in October and November and catch up from where we left off, playing in towns and cities UB40 haven't had the opportunity to perform in before, and also get back to some of the places where we started our wonderful life in music.
It is the second time UB40 have pulled out of the Coventry gig, which was originally due to take place in June, before being re-arranged for Friday.
In addition, UB40 are one of the few British bands to have broken the difficult US market.
In 1978, a group of eight childhood pals formed UB40 in Birmingham, playing covers of their favourite reggae stars.
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