From the Jam at the Blender Theater at Gramercy, 02.09.08

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photo by John E. Coli Nikolai

When singer/guitarist Paul Weller broke up The Jam in 1982, around the height of the UK punk band's career, the rest of the band—bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler—were left in a tailspin. Foxton started and aborted a solo career and eventually joined Stiff Little Fingers and Buckler played in other bands, but neither ever fully matched the success they found in The Jam. Now, back together as From The Jam, they're playing their old band's best songs without Weller—and working on new material. Currently on their first tour of the States, they have legendary singer/guitarist Hugh Cornwell, formerly of the Stranglers, as their opener. Unfortunately for Hugh, no one seemed to know that he was on the bill. He didn't get mentioned in press and his name was absent from the marquee. Ouch!

At least the audience at this sold-out show was going to get a great surprise when they found out he was playing.

The Jam's Bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler are back, as From the Jam. No Paul Weller necessary.

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