UB40 member joins tribute band UB42 on stage

Saxophonist Brian Travers says he wants to play with every UB40 tribute band

A member of multi-million selling British reggae band UB40 joined tribute band UB42 on stage at a pub in Ipswich.

Saxophonist Brian Travers was a founding member of the group, but he and four of his bandmates were declared bankrupt with £750,000 debts after the collapse of their record label two years ago.

Travers has now said he hopes to play with as many UB40 tribute acts as possible, reports The Sun. Travers said: “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.”

UB42’s lead singer Pete Ryder told the paper he was amazed when Travers offered his services. “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,” he said.

Formed in 1978 in Birmingham, UB40, fronted by Ali Campbell (pictured above right), enjoyed 1980s UK chart toppers with ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ and ‘I Got You Babe’.