Jam drummer pays tribute to himself

Rick Buckler to cover own songs in new band

Former Jam drummer Rick Buckler is starting a tribute band – to himself.

The sticksman in the new wave three-piece is set to play in The Jam covers group The Gift.

Named after his original band’s final album, The Gift Featuring Rick Buckler Of The Jam are playing the Islington Carling Academy on November 23 and are planning a 2006 UK tour.

“The title of the band is both a nod towards the last Jam album and Rick‘s gift in return to all Jam fans,” Buckler’s spokesperson told Ananova. “The Gift are both proud and excited about going out and playing The Jam‘s back catalogue.”

The other members of The Jam are also busy at present, Paul Weller has just released album ‘As Is Now’, while bassist Bruce Foxton plays with Stiff Little Fingers.

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