UB40 lead singer distances himself from report of Kavanaugh bar fight: ‘It wasn’t me!’
Ali Campbell, the lead singer of UB40, says “It wasn’t me!” at a bar in New Haven, Conn. after a concert in 1985.
Campbell wrote a essay for The Guardian Tuesday saying that he found himself and his band thrown into the headlines after a New York Times report detailed an incident involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a college student at a bar after a UB40 show.
According to a police report obtained by the Times, Kavanaugh, a junior at Yale at the time, and four other men were questioned by police about throwing ice at another patron, who they mistook as the lead singer of the band. That man approached the group for staring at him, where at this point Kavanaugh allegedly threw ice at him. Kavanaugh was not arrested in the incident.
Campbell for his part says in the essay:
″... I do know that nobody bumped me on the head with a block of ice in a bar. I would remember that, wouldn’t I? I don’t remember the gig in question [in Connecticut], but we did more than 1,000 shows in the US in the 80s. They blur into one another, but the last thing I would do is go to the bar over the road after a show - I jump straight into a car and go back to the hotel.
“If someone had been staring at me, I wouldn’t have gone: ”’Ere, who are you looking at?” I’ve been on TV screens for 35 years, so I’m used to people looking at me. Most people who do recognise me are lovely.”
Campbell goes on to say that he will now be randomly connected to the nominee thanks to the internet. But if people are finding out about the band now, that they “welcome Democrats and Republicans to our gigs - so long as they leave their politics at the door.”
Campbell left UB40 in 2008 and is now touring and recording music under the moniker UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey, which includes other members of the original lineup. Campbell’s brother Robin Campbell has continued on with UB40.
Robin Campbell released his own statement to Billboard about the bar fight and the band: “Obviously, there must have been an assault because the police were called and a report was filed, but this is a case of mistaken identity and has nothing to do with UB40.”
Ali Campbell’s band also tweeted Tuesday in response to the story: “In the words of our good friend @DiRealShaggy “It Wasn’t Me”″
For those unfamiliar with UB40, the song “Red Red Wine” was their biggest hit.