A MUSICIAN who found global stardom with two top bands is bringing his talents to Morpeth.
Bruce Foxton is most commonly remembered as the bass player in legendary band The Jam, as well as Stiff Little Fingers.
Now he is on the road gigging with From The Jam, performing hits from The Jam’s back catalogue, and the band will be taking to the stage of the Riverside Lodge in High Stanners on Sunday.
During his time in the music business Foxton has achieved phenomenal success.
The Jam boasted an amazing chart record, which saw 18 singles and seven albums make the top 40 in the UK from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in 1982. Their last five albums were all top ten hits, along with their last eight singles, while Just Who Is the 5 O’Clock Hero? made it to number eight as an import and remains one of the best-selling import singles of all time.
Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler were the driving force of the band’s power and rhythm section behind singer, guitarist and songwriter Paul Weller. But Foxton also took lead vocals on David Watts and News Of The World, which was one of his own compositions. His most notable work was Smithers-Jones.
After the band split, Foxton pursued a solo career and had a hit with the single Freak. He collaborated with other musicians until he got a call from Stiff Little Fingers frontman Jake Burns. He joined the band and stayed with them for 15 years, recording four albums.
In 1994 Foxton and Buckler worked together on Our Story, a biography of their eventful years in The Jam.
Foxton then toured with Bruce Watson, Mark Brzezicki and Simon Townshend in 2006 as The Casbah Club, supporting The Who in the UK and Europe.
The musician is still working on new material today and his most recent album, Back In The Room, is out now.
It features special guests Paul Weller and Stax and Blues Brothers legend Steve Cropper, containing 12 tracks all written by Foxton and From The Jam vocalist and guitarist Russell Hastings.
Weller and Foxton had been reconciled in 2010 following family bereavements and Weller’s single Fast Car/Slow Traffic featured Foxton on bass.
There were emotional scenes when the pair appeared live together for the first time in 28 years to perform The Jam classics The Eton Rifles and The Butterfly Collector, as well as Fast Car/Slow Traffic, during Weller’s five-night residency at the Albert Hall.
Foxton’s new single Don’t Waste My Time, featuring Steve Cropper and Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet, is also out now.
From The Jam have become well-known for the kind of incendiary live performances that sealed the reputation of The Jam all those years ago, with Hastings finding acclaim for his authentic and passionate interpretation of The Jam’s hits.
He grew up on the band’s music and his attention to detail includes the Rickenbacker and the Marshall 4x4 as he performs with energy, pride and passion.
The band had an extremely busy 2012 and this year there has been no let up in the diary as they travel the country by popular demand.
From The Jam will stop off for a performance at the Riverside Lodge on Sunday, at 7pm. Tickets cost £20.