Founding member of English Reggae band UB40, Brian Travers has been diagnosed with brain tumour.
This has forced him to pull out of the band’s 40th anniversary tour.
The musician said he would “be there in spirit” and the only thing left on his bucket list was returning to music.
Scans reveal that the saxophonist has two tumours after he suffered a seizure at home on 19 March.
A band statement said: “We’re deeply saddened that Brian, our lifelong friend and founding member of UB40, is unable to join us for our celebratory UK tour.
He will undergo surgery on the day he was due to begin the tour.
UB40 confirmed the tour, starting on Friday in Portsmouth, would go ahead in Travers’ absence.
Travers said the group had worked “incredibly hard” to prepare for the tour.