Bankrupt Ub40 star Brian Travers is now playing the group's hits in a tribute band.

The saxophonist has sold millions of records worldwide with the hugely successful reggae band, but Travers was declared bankrupt in 2011, alongside bandmates Jimmy Brown, Terence Oswald and Norman Hassan, following an investigation into their failed record label, Dep International.

The Red Red Wine hitmakers axed an upcoming tour to finish their new album, so Travers got in touch with tribute act Ub42 lead singer Pete Ryder and joined the 'fake' band at a pub in Ipswich, England over the weekend (06-07Jul13).

Travers insists he is having fun playing with the tribute act, and wants to perform with other bands, telling Britain's The Sun, "I know of about 20 Ub40 tribute bands around the world and it's my ambition to play with all of them. I can't think of a better way of thanking them for celebrating the music of Ub40."

Ryder, who fronts the tribute group, adds, "They had a tour that was cancelled recently because their new album isn't ready yet so he had a bit of spare time and he decided he would come and join us."