Members of UB40 put their differences behind them yesterday afternoon and boarded a plane for New Zealand.
A handful of dates Down Under will see lead singer Ali Campbell fulfil his obligations to the Birmingham band he has fronted for 30 years, after which he will leave to pursue a solo career.
The tour kicks off on Saturday night at Rotorua International Stadium before moving to Australia for dates in six cities.
The band's final gig as an eight-piece is at Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala, Uganda, on February 23.
This week has been marked by a series of heated written exchanges between Campbell and the rest of the band over Campbell's reason for leaving.
Many fans had wondered whether the dates could go ahead in such an atmosphere.
A spokesman for Ali Campbell told The Birmingham Post: "Yes, he's gone. He boarded the plane with the other members of the band this afternoon.
"It's been a difficult week and Ali wants to put it behind him. He won't be talking about it, although I'm sure he'll be asked questions by journalists in Australia."
A spokesman for the other UB40 members said: "They're the most professional outfit I know and they'll give their all to the show. It's always been band policy to put fans first."
Once they return, UB40 will be looking to the future and an announcement is expected shortly about a replacement for Ali Campbell. Their new album, the last with Campbell's distinctive vocals, will be called 24/7. It is set for release in May.