The Jam were the first rock band to re-define a new generation of mod culture in the late seventies, not seen since the arrival of the The Who, The Kinks and The Small Faces.
"The traditional thing in the music business is to record your album and then tour it, but for this tour we've decided to perform The Jam's greatest hits - Going Underground, Down in the Tube Station at Midnight, The Eton Rifles, Strange Town, Town Called Malice plus some of my own songs," says original Jam bass guitarist, vocalist and writer Bruce Foxton.
"This tour is deliberately intimate and something of a warm-up to our own material which we'll launch later," adds Foxton. "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."
Says drummer Rick Buckler, "I have stayed close to The Jam fans over the years. The songs mean so much to so many people. Fans have been demanding that we play live for years. Paul Weller has a fantastic solo career and is one of the UK's most talented songwriters. Paul is always welcome to join us for the reunion, but until then, we've got a tour and a new album to do!"
In 2006 Foxton joined Buckler and session musicians Russell Hastings and David Moore on stage as a special guest in Guildford, Birmingham and Brighton. "The reaction from the fans was incredibly overwhelming," recalls Foxton. "I have reflected on the continual demand from the public for a full Jam reunion. Rick and I talked this over very carefully as The Jam means so much to everyone, including ourselves."
"Times have changed since 1982," adds Foxton. "'We've all grown up and got our own lives' - as The Jam song Burning Sky goes! For all true Jam fans this is a good as it gets for now. I am really looking forward to playing those songs again with my great friend, Rick. It's been too long."
The line-up includes Bruce Foxton (bass, vocals), Rick Buckler (drums), Russell Hastings (vocals, guitar) and Dave Moore (guitar, keyboards). The band will perform all The Jam's greatest hits and classic tracks from all their studio albums including - That's Entertainment, This Is The Modern World, The Gift, A Bomb On Wardour Street and a few surprises!
Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler have penned new material and plan to release a new studio album in Autumn 2007. Universal Music UK is planning a major reissue campaign to coincide with The Jam's 30th anniversary