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Singer Astro leaves UB40

Singer Astro has announced this afternoon that he has left UB40.

Astro, whose real name is Terence Wilson, was one of the founding members of the group and is the third to leave following lead singer Ali Campbell and keyboard player Micky Virtue. He described the feeling of the band after Ali and Micky left as, "like a rudderless ship".

The band had great success in the 80s and 90s but have recently faced financial difficulties.

In a statement Astro said, "After a well-documented turbulent few years I feel that it is time to draw a line in the sand and move on."

"I know it may seem sudden to all who know me but my mind is made up and will not change" Credit: ITV News Central

Music tourism worth £119 million to Midlands economy

Music tourism is apparently worth £119 million to the West Midlands economy Credit: Tobias Hase/Press Association Wire

A new report, published today by UK Music and Visit Britain, says the ‘music tourism’ industry was worth an incredible £119 million to the West Midlands economy in 2012, with overseas music tourists contributing £15 million to the total.

Music tourism involves visiting a city or town, to see a festival or other music performances.

The Wish You Were Here_ report also says 50% of West Midlands concert audiences are music tourists – far higher than the national average of 41%.

Figures also show the region welcomed 809,000 music tourists in 2012, of which 24,000 were from abroad.

Emma Gray, Director of Marketing Services at Visit Birmingham, the city’s leisure tourism programme, said:

“Our region has always had a rich music heritage, with the likes of UB40, ELO and Black Sabbath; this report confirms we are not only a great place to enjoy live music, but that new acts such as Laura Mvula and Peace are ensuring the West Midlands is firmly on the UK music map.”

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Chart reappearance for Black Sabbath?

The group could feature high in the album charts this afternoon Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Black Sabbath could have their first number one album for 43 years this afternoon.

Their new album '13' is currently at number one in the mid-week charts.

They last achieved a number one album with their second release 'Paranoid' in 1970 which featured signature tracks such as War Pigs and Iron Man.

Midlands' band touring with Bon Jovi

Of Kings and Captains tweeted after their performance with the band last night.

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Midlands' band to support Bon Jovi tonight at Villa Park

Of Kings and Captains Credit: ITV News Central

Unsigned Black Country band Of Kings and Captains performed their first gig with the band last night at Manchester's Etihad Stadium.

During the second gig of the five gig tour they'll support Bon Jovi tonight at Villa Park.

They're expecting to play to 250,000 fans during the tour.

Midlands' band to support Bon Jovi on tour

Of King and Captains to support Bon Jovi on tour Credit: Of King and Captains

An unsigned band from the Black Country are getting ready to perform with Bon Jovi on their UK tour after winning a competition on a national radio station.

'Of Kings and Captains' will be performing on Saturday night at Manchester's Etihad Stadium before returning to the Midlands on Sunday to support the band at Villa Park.

They're expecting to play to 250,000 fans across five gigs.

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