It’s been more than 25 years since the Jam last toured the United States, but fans are getting a fix again now that bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler have returned with From The Jam, a quartet that’s recounting the British punk/new wave group’s formidable legacy.
“The audience is coming out in hundreds and thousands,” Foxton, 52, reports. “It’s proved to Rick and myself it’s the music, first and foremost. It’s really stood the time and still sounds really contemporary.
“Everybody is kind of a winner with this. The audience does want to hear the music performed again. There are a lot of cover bands out there playing Jam songs ... so why don’t we get out there with two-thirds of the original band and play these songs? It’s more credible, you know?”
Foxton and Buckler — who set From The Jam in motion with his own Jam covers group, The Gift, before bringing the bassist into the fold in early 2007 — fully acknowledge that Jam frontman and chief songwriter Paul Weller was not really approached to be part of this project.
“Paul has stated his position in the past that he would never re-form the band, and he seems quite adamant about that,” Foxton says.
But the new group — which Foxton says will release a concert DVD later this year and start work on an album of new material in the spring — seems to satisfy Jam fans’ appetites.
“I think they’ve always known the Jam was a three-piece band,” Foxton explains. “Hardcore fans have always known it’s the three of us that made the Jam and got that sound — obviously with great initial ideas from Paul, but it was very much a three-way contribution. The fans know that.
“So I don’t really look at this as us reclaiming our role in the band. It’s more that we just felt the time was right to play these songs again.”
From The Jam performs Tuesday (Feb. 5) at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $25. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.