Weller Reunites With The Jam Bandmate On Stage
Paul Weller celebrated his 52nd birthday on Tuesday night (25May10) by staging a small-scale The Jam reunion - he invited the band's former bass player BRUCE FOXTON to perform with him in London.
The veteran rocker stunned fans at his Royal Albert Hall gig by welcoming Foxton on to the stage for three songs, marking the first time the pair has played together in public since the band split in 1982.
The duo delighted the crowd with two classic The Jam tracks, The Eton Rifles and The Butterfly Collector, as well as a song from Weller's latest album, Wake Up The Nation, according to NME.com.
Foxton said, "Well, it's been a while hasn't it? Twenty-eight years, I think. Thank you for the wonderful reception!"
The night also marked Weller turning 52 years old, and the rocker was treated to a rendition of Happy Birthday from the crowd, to which he responded, "The only thing I want right now is a cigarette" - referring to Britain's smoking ban which stops stars lighting up onstage.