Reggae legends UB40 will NOT get a place on the Broad Street Walk of Stars until they bury the hatchet.
Despite being Birmingham’s most successful chart stars, the group has yet to be honoured on the Broad Street attraction.
And the reason, admit Walk of Stars bosses, is that they “don’t know who to give it to”.
A bitter feud has left two bands on the road: UB40 – led by founder Robin Campbell – and UB40 featuring fellow founder Ali Campbell.
The brothers have been engaged in a war of words, and legal action, since Ali left the group in 2008.
Westside BID Manager Mike Olley, who oversees the Walk of Stars, told the Birmingham Mail there is a fundamental problem.
“There is some issue with UB40 as who do we give it to?” he said.
“I believe there is a court case going on over the UB40 name and we don’t want to be caught up in the middle of that.
“The Walk of Stars is a 100 per cent positive thing, and we don’t want to be involved in the argument.
“Maybe once all the mist has lifted on that, we can start the ball rolling.”
The UB40 feud had split the Campbell family. With Robin in his UB40 is kid brother Duncan Campbell, who replaced Ali.
The group also boasts fan favourites Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan and Brian Travers.
With Ali are longtime bandmates Astro and Mickey Virtue.
Birmingham comedy giant Jasper Carrott, who chairs the Westside BID committee, admits that “UB40 ought to have one by now – but there are too many factions.”
Last month Ali Campbell claimed that the reason they didn’t have a star was that they were told they would have to pay for their own.
He told the Birmingham Mail last month: “We’re not on the walk of fame. We were told that you had to pay for the stars yourself.”
Mike Olley said he ‘categorically denies’ that they would have been asked to pay for their star.
“I can absolutely categorically deny that happened,” said Mike. “I’m actually shocked at the suggestion. I can guarantee they wouldn’t be asked to pay.
The latest legend to get a Walk of Stars is Black Sabbath's bass player Geezer Butler.
Geezer will be presented with the star during the half-time break in the Aston Villa v Burton Albion match on February 3 at Aston Villa stadium.