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Timeless tunes from original bassist and friends
If the public wants the music of The Jam that's exactly what it's going to get, thanks to the band's bassist Bruce Foxton.

Bruce now tours with vocalist and guitarist Russell Hastings and drummer Mike Randon as From The Jam, performing the hits of the legendary '70s outfit alongside live favourites and Bruce's solo material.

The current The Public Gets What The Public Wants tour plays Robin 2 in Bilston on May 6, 2016. Bruce's new album, Smash The Clock, follows on May 20.

From The Jam, Bruce Foxton, Russell Hastings, Robin 2 Bilston
From The Jam: Russell Hastings and Bruce Foxton (pic: Derek D'Souza)

The roots of From The Jam can be traced back to 2007 when Bruce joined Jam drummer Rick Buckler in The Gift, a band fronted by Russell Hastings that exclusively played Jam material.

The project eventually shape-shifted into From The Jam, as Rick left and various incarnations materialised with different members, among them Mark Brzezicki on drums. As frontman of From The Jam, Russell says he sees the songs in a completely new light.

"It's spine-tingling to play those songs. I've always treated them as if they're my own children, and have felt like I've got a responsibility towards those songs, and a responsibility towards the legacy of The Jam. I treat them with the utmost respect, and lots of energy. As a result, oddly enough, I understand them a lot more these days."

From The Jam, Bruce Foxton, Russell Hastings, Robin 2 Bilston
All Mod Cons: Bruce Foxton (pic: Derek D'Souza)

Past From The Jam tours have celebrated The Jam's musical legacy by performing the classic albums All Mod Cons, Setting Sons and Sound Affects.

Fans can expect to hear some tracks from Bruce's new solo album on the current The Public Gets What The Public Wants tour.

Smash The Clock was written by Bruce and Russell and features guest appearances by former Jam bandmate Paul Weller, Wilko Johnson and Paul Jones. The album was recorded at Paul Weller's Black Barn studios.

From The Jam, Bruce Foxton, Smash the Clock, Russell Hastings, Robin 2 Bilston

Bruce says the meaning of title track is simply that "good music is ageless and timeless".

Like his last full length recording, Back In The Room, the album was crowd-funded through Pledge Music, with a campaign in which fans could purchase items such as handwritten lyrics, signed CDs, LPs and artwork.

Bruce was reunited with Paul Weller recently at the Somerset House exhibition, About The Young Idea, which showcased previously unseen items from The Jam's archives such as early scrapbooks, personal photographs and unreleased music videos.

From The Jam, Bruce Foxton, Smash the Clock, Russell Hastings, Robin 2 Bilston
Timeless: Russell Hastings and Bruce Foxton (pic: Derek D'Souza)

From The Jam May 2016 tour dates:

May 1: The Castle, Wellingborough;
May 5: The Waterside, Sale;
May 6: Robin 2, Bilston;
May 7: King George's Hall, Blackburn;
May 14: Concert Hall, Troon;
May 20: The Farrington Centre, Ferndown;
May 21: Warehouse 23, Wakefield;
May 26: City Hall, Hull;
May 27: Gorilla, Manchester;
May 28: Villa Marina, Douglas, Isle of Man;
May 29: Bearded Theory Festival, Loscoe.

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Why? The timeless music of The Jam
When: May 6, 2016
Phone: 01902 401211
Where: Robin 2, Bilston, then touring
Cost: £22.50
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