Revisit a classic from The Jam

From the Jam's Bruce Foxton
From the Jam's Bruce Foxton

From The Jam celebrate the 35th anniversary of Setting Sons by playing the album in its entirety at Motherwell Concert Hall on October 24.

The band features guitarist/vocalist Russell Hastings and drummer Steve (Smiley) Barnard alongside The Jam’s original bassist Bruce Foxton who denied a popular fan theory that Setting Sons is an unfinished concept album.

He said: “As far as we were concerned it was finished, it was a very powerful album and we were very proud of it, it was a joy to play on.

“There is several songs which have a common theme of war and the military, but if Paul Weller intended it to be a concept album he certainly never made me aware of it.”

From The Jam were in Motherwell last year performing All Mod Cons and Bruce says he enjoys revisiting the back catalogue.

He said: “The whole idea of playing an album in full has really taken off for us and has brought back so many great memories.

“They were great times for the band then and I love the idea of bringing that excitement and thrill back onstage.”

Bruce contributed the brilliant Smithers-Jones to the album, but refused to be drawn on whether he prefers the ‘orchestral’ version on Setting Sons or the rockier version found on the B side of When You’re Young.

He said: “We had done Smithers-Jones originally just with the band playing and it was the producer Vic Coppersmith-Heaven’s idea to bring in the orchestra.

“It was a lot of fun watching them trying to keep up with the original track, but really I just was very proud of it and honoured to have the song included on the album, so I don’t have a favourite version.”

The show, which also features a selection of other hit from The Jam and Bruce’s solo career, starts at 7.30pm and tickets costing £20 are available by calling 01698 403120 or visiting NLC entertainment