The Jam drummer fails to attend the band’s new London exhibition

There had been hopes for the first public reunion of the band since their split

The Jam drummer Rick Buckler thwarted the chance of a full public reunion involving the band at the private viewing of the group’s new London exhibition on Thursday (June 25).

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.

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

While bassist Bruce Foxton had been hopeful that the group would reunite for the first time since their split in 1982 at the event, Buckler failed to attend, as reported by The Line Of Best Fit. Weller and Foxton made an appearance, however.

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 Buckler are said to have not been in the same room since their band’s demise.

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, Weller 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,” he 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)