Paul Weller reunites with The Jam’s Bruce Foxton at London gig – video

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Paul Weller was reunited with his Jam bandmate Bruce Foxton for the first time since 1982 last night (May 25), as the two performed together in London.

Scroll down to watch video footage of the duo’s performance below.

Weller, two days into his five-night residency at the capital’s Royal Albert Hall, called the pairing “history in the making” as he welcomed his old bandmate onto the stage.

The duo – augmented by Weller‘s backing band – kicked off their three-song reunion by launching into a vitriolic version of ‘Fast Car/Slow Traffic’. The recorded version of the track, taken from Weller‘s latest album ‘Wake Up The Nation’, also features Foxton on bass.

“Well, it’s been a while hasn’t it?” said Foxton afterwards. “Twenty-eight years, I think. Thank you for the wonderful reception!”

Foxton then remained onstage to run though Jam classics ‘The Eton Rifles’ and ‘The Butterfly Collector’, before waving to the crowd and exiting to a huge ovation from the audience and a hug from Weller.

Weller played a greatest hits set to the sell-out crowd, including cuts from ‘Wake Up The Nation’ alongside older classics including ‘Start!’, ‘The Changingman’ and ‘Strange Town’.

The singer – who was celebrating his 52nd birthday yesterday – responded jokily when the crowd sang him ‘Happy Birthday’, saying, “The only thing I want right now is a cigarette.”

Paul Weller played:

‘Push It Along’
‘7 & 3 Is The Striker’s Name’
‘Sea Spray’
‘Into Tomorrow’
‘Aim High’
‘Andromeda’
‘Moonshine’
‘Up The Dosage’
‘Strange Town’
‘Wake Up The Nation’
‘Trees’
‘Empty Ring’
‘One Bright Star’
‘Shout To The Top’
‘Start!’
‘Fast Car/Slow Traffic’
‘The Eton Rifles’
‘The Butterfly Collector’
‘All On A Misty Morning’
‘Light Nights’
‘Brand New Start’
‘Echoes Round The Sun’
‘Art School’
‘Come On/Let’s Go’
‘The Changingman’

Watch footage of Paul Weller and Bruce Foxton playing The Jam‘s ‘The Eton Rifles’ below now.

Weller is continuing his residency at the Royal Albert Hall this week, and is set to stream tomorrow (May 27) night’s gig live. See Paulweller.theconcertchannel.eu for details.

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