|Almost 25 years after taking its final bow, The Jam is reuniting - well, two thirds of it anyway. Bass player Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler recently announced they're taking some of the band's hits out of mothballs and will tour as From The Jam to mark the 30th anniversary of The Jam's debut album, In The City.|
The 21-city tour of the U.K. kicks off May 2 at the Oxford Zodiac and so far runs through the end of May. Tickets for all shows will be available February 23.
Foxton, who spent many post-Jam years in another legendary band - Ireland's Stiff Little Fingers - said the tour is practice for things to come.
"This tour is deliberately intimate and something of a warm-up to our own material which we'll launch later," he said. "The plan is for us to get close to the fans, have some fun and then follow up with a larger tour in the autumn."
As of now, Jam frontman Paul Weller won't be joining Foxton and Buckler for the tour, although Buckler said he's welcome.
"Paul is always welcome to join us for the reunion, but until then, we've got a tour and a new album to do." The partially regrouped band will be fleshed out by Russell Hastings, former lead singer and guitarist of the Paul Weller tribute band The Paul Weller Council, and keyboard player Dave Moore.
Foxton and Buckler have penned new material and plan to release a new album in the fall. Universal Music UK is also planning a major reissue campaign to coincide with The Jam's 30th anniversary.