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Classic All Mod Cons album performed in its entirety
It is unlikely that the original line-up of The Jam will play together again but the music of the Mod-influenced legends is still being performed live in concert. While singer Paul Weller and drummer Rick Buckler have gone their separate ways bassist Bruce Foxton is keeping The Jam tunes alive with his From The Jam outfit.

Bruce Foxton From The Jam
Keeping the music alive: Bruce Foxton

The From The Jam trio are marking the 35th anniversary of the release of the original Jam's All Mod Cons album by performing the record in its entirety during a UK tour that includes a show at Birmingham Town Hall on September 19.

Bruce says they are looking forward to playing tracks like Down In The Tube Station At Midnight and A Bomb In Wardour Street alongside Billy Hunt, Mr Clean and David Watts, the Ray Davies-penned second single released from the album. And when they've performed the album there will be run-through of Jam singles and classics.

"The energy in rehearsals is great and we're really looking forward to getting back on the road," Bruce enthuses.

From the Jam All Mod Cons

The idea to perform All Mod Cons was conceived when Bruce was recording his latest solo album, Back In The Room, with From The Jam singer Russell Hastings.

Russell explains: "Bruce has often commented on the general vibe in the studio and the feeling that 'they were onto a good thing' as every track stood out and was fun to do. When we were recording his Back In The Room album the recording process was likened to that of All Mod Cons and we thought, why not play the album front to back as it had never been done before. Also, tracks like The Place I Love and Fly were never in the live set.''

Bruce Foxton From The Jam
Still a Mod: Bruce Foxton

The Jam exploded onto the punk scene in 1977 with debut single In The City. All Mod Cons, their third album, was released in 1978. In 2000 Q magazine placed the record at Number 50 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.
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Why? Classic All Mod Cons album performed in its entirety
When: September 19, 2013
Phone: 0121 345 0608
Where: Town Hall, Birmingham
Cost: £19 & £21 plus fees
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