The Jam enjoyed a mini revival on Tuesday, May 25 in London as bassist Bruce Foxton joined Paul Weller onstage for the first time since 1982.
The 54-year-old played three songs with Weller at the Royal Albert Hall on the second day of the “Modfather”‘s five-night stint at the venue, reports NME.com.
They opened the three-song salvo with ‘Fast Car/Slow Traffic,’ from Weller’s latest album, ‘Wake Up the Nation,’ before launching into two Jam songs, ‘Eton Rifles’ and ‘The Butterfly Collector’.
Weller called it “history in the making” as his bass playing buddy joined him at the sold-out gig.
Foxton had recorded bass and backing vocals on the studio version of ‘Fast Car/Slow Traffic’ — as well as ‘She Speaks’ — on ‘Wake Up The Nation,’ but it was the first time the duo have reconciled in the live environment.
‘Wake Up The Nation,’ released on April 19 this year, entered a UK chart battle with veteran Australian rockers AC/DC in a resurfacing of the Mods v Rockers struggle when both Weller’s effort and AC/DC’s ‘Iron Man 2’ were released on the same day. AC/DC were eventually crowned winners, with their greatest hits-of-sorts topping the European album charts too.