Thursday, January 17, 2008

Buckler & Foxton Bring "From The Jam" To NYC

Of all the shows I've been lucky enough to see in my lifetime, one of the top-five has to be The Jam at the old War Memorial in Trenton. The band was touring behind their album The Gift, and it was apparent that the band was not getting along. But what could have been a disasterous show and tour turned out to be quite the opposite, as the trio turned the anger into energy and that show was probably the fiercest barrage of angry sound I've ever witnessed. It was awesome. Even the sing-songy "Town Called Malice" was delivered with such force that the goofy new-wave dance-y types that showed up were perplexed as to what silly moves they should pull to stay in time. Did I mention that it was awesome?

Anyway, I'm reminded of that show because of the announcement of Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler's Paul Weller-less thirteen date From The Jam tour, which includes a NYC stop on February 9 at the Blender Theatre.

From the press release:

Foxton and Buckler pick up right where they left off, blazing through perennial favorites "That’s Entertainment," "This Is The Modern World," and many others while Hastings’ uncannily Weller-like vocals make this the closest thing to a Jam reunion as the world is likely to see. Buckler recently told LiveDaily, "We did make it known that, in the early stages, that the door was open to [Weller] anytime and still is, if he wanted to come along and have a bit of fun. But we didn't want to get tied up in the perception that if Paul wasn't involved then it couldn't happen...Our only concern was, how would the fans take to that sort of scenario? And we've found that they've been very happy with it. Most Jam fans have been waiting for this for a very long time."

Sounds good to me.

The new singer sounds uncannily like Weller (samples below), and normally the fact that they're replacing such an iconic voice with a soundalike would irk me, but The Undertones have done the same thing and the shows are a hoot. I'm willing to give them a shot.

(with opener Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers)
01/24: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
01/25: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
01/26: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
01/29: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
01/30: Portland, OR @ Alladin Theatre
02/01: Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
02/02: Vancouver, BC @ Richard’s on Richards
02/04: Chicago, IL @ The Abbey
02/05: Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
02/09: New York, NY @ Blender Theatre at Gramercy
02/11: Alexandria, VA @ Birchmere
02/13: Atlanta, GA @ Roxy Theatre
02/15: Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom

From The Jam - "Going Underground (snippet)" mp3
From The Jam - "Start (snippet)" mp3

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