The Jam member hopes band will reunite at new London exhibition

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Bassist Bruce Foxton says the band's troubles are 'so long ago now'

The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton is hopeful that the group will reunite for the first time since their split in 1982.

The mod band originally formed in 1972, releasing six albums over the course of their career. The group came to an abrupt end with frontman Paul Weller wishing to pursue other projects.

Foxton and Weller hadn’t spoken in over 20 years until they appeared together onstage the Royal Albert Hall in London in May 2010. Meanwhile, Weller and Rick Buckler are said to have not been in the same room since their band’s demise.

Now, all three members have opened up their personal archives for a new exhibition documenting the band, opening on Friday (June 26) at Somerset House in London.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard recently, Foxton said he was optimistic that the entire trio would attend its launch. However, a live musical reunion has been ruled out.

Foxton said: “All three of us are proud of what we achieved with the band. That’s how it should be left, particularly seeing as it’s so long ago now.”

The exhibition, entitled ‘The Jam: About the Young Idea’, has been curated by Weller’s sister Nicky. The show features handwritten lyrics, stage outfits, photographs, unreleased music videos, instruments and more.

Weller told the Telegraph: “When we were in the band, I would never have thought that some 35-odd years later, there would be an exhibition in our name at Somerset House. How incredible it is to think of all the memorabilia from the band, our families and fans together in one place. What an honour.”

Meanwhile, Paul recently said that there’s “not enough money in the world” to persuade him to reform The Jam.

The singer released his 12th solo album ‘Saturns Pattern’ in May, following on from 2012’s ‘Sonik Kicks’.

“I’m not a nostalgic person,” Paul told the Guardian, also stating that he would decline a Style Council reunion. “Not enough money in the world to do that. I like now. I like today. I don’t want to spend my time trying to recapture something that can’t be recaptured.”

Weller recently announced his biggest ever solo arena tour for November and December of this year. See the full dates for that live stint beneath.

Paul Weller will play:

Brighton Centre (November 20)
Bournemouth BIC (21)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (22)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (24)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (25)
Birmingham Barclaycard Arena (27)
Manchester Arena (28)
Leeds First Direct Arena (29)
London Eventim Apollo (December 4, 5)

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