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Band celebrate album anniversary
From The Jam, featuring former The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, vocalist and guitarist Russell Hastings and drummer Mike Randon, are celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Jam's debut album, In The City, with a series of special shows.

The band is currently in the middle of a British tour, performing a selection of songs from the album as well The Jam's greatest hits. They play the Robin 2 in Bilston on June 2, 2017.

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

Bruce says: "I can't believe it's 40 years since The Jam were first signed to Polydor. It's a testament to the strength of the songs and, of course, the fans that we are able to continue touring with the intensity that we do."

The Jam exploded onto the punk scene in 1977, delivering their ferocious mission statement with debut single, In The City, quickly followed by the album of the same name. A few months later the follow-up album, This Is The Modern World, was released, with third album, All Mod Cons, making its appearance in 1978.

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

The Jam became the sound of British youth and one of the greatest and biggest selling bands in British history. In 2000, Q magazine placed All Mod Cons at Number 50 in its list of the 100 greatest British albums ever.

Bruce says: ''We are now playing some of the songs live that we originally never did get round to playing all those years ago. The band is on fire right now and we're getting our teeth into the 40th anniversary dates."

From The Jam, Bruce Foxton, The Jam, In The City, Robin 2 Bilston
In The City: Bruce Foxton (pic: Derek D'Souza)

Bruce's album, Smash The Clock, co-written with From The Jam band mate Russell Hastings, was released in May 2016. It featured guest appearances from Paul Weller, Wilko Johnson and Paul Jones. The album, recorded at Paul Weller's Black Barn studios, debuted in the UK Top 40 chart.

Like Bruce's previous album, Back In The Room, it was crowd-funded through Pledge Music, with a campaign in which fans could purchase items such as handwritten lyrics, signed CDs, LPs and artwork.

From The Jam's remaining 2017 UK tour dates:

Apr 28: Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington;
Apr 29: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal;
May 5: Chinnery's, Southend;
May 6: O2 Academy, Leicester;
May 11: The Waterfront, Norwich;
May 13: Gorilla, Manchester;
May 20: Let's Rock The Moor, Cookham;
June 2: Robin 2, Bilston;
June 9: Civic Hall, Cottingham;
June 10: Warehouse 23, Wakefield;
June 16: The Empire, Coventry;
Aug 18: Guild Hall, Preston;
Oct 13: Picturedrome, Holmfirth;
Oct 26: The Engine Rooms, Southampton;
Oct 27: The Cheese & Grain, Frome.
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Why? A nostalgic night for fans of The Jam
When: June 2, 2017
Phone: 01902 497860 (Robin 2)
Where: Robin 2, Bilston and touring
Cost: £20 (advance), £22.50 (on door)
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