The words legend and icon are sometimes used too frequently these days but not when being used to describe Bruce Foxton. Since the punk explosion during the summer of 1976 when, as a part of The Jam, Bruce Foxton’s thumping bass lines exploded onto London's live music scene. The next year the anthemic “In the city” album and single were released to the record buying public and the shockwaves sent out by the music of The Jam lives on today. He was recently voted by readers of NME as the 7th Most Influential Bass Player, which shows the high regard he is held in by fans, musicians and the music press alike.

 

In The Jam, Bruce and drummer Rick Buckler were the driving force, power and rhythm section behind singer, guitarist, and songwriter Paul Weller. Bruce's versatility is evident, taking lead vocals on "David Watts" (The Kinks) and writing "News Of The World", which to this day appears as the theme to the BBC’s Mock the Week show and has introduced his work to a new generation of fans. Perhaps Bruce’s most notable work "Smithers-Jones", the story of the city executive who soon finds he has been chewed up & spat out, is just as pertinent today as it was in 1979 when he wrote it for the Setting Sons LP.

 

After The Jam split in 1982, Foxton pursued a solo career. He had a hit with the single "Freak" and collaborated with other musicians, until he got the call from Stiff Little Fingers' Jake Burns, staying with SLF for fifteen years, recording four albums, namely, Flags and Emblems, Get a Life, Tinderbox, and Guitar and Drum.

 

Bruce toured with Bruce Watson, Mark Brzezicki (Big Country) and Simon Townshend (The Who) in 2006 as The Casbah Club supporting The Who in

the U.K and Europe promoting their album "Venustraphobia."

 

In May 2007 From The Jam toured the UK to sold out venues. Since then they have toured the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand as well as some dates in Europe.

© 2015 Photo Derek D'Souza

#BRUCE FOXTON

 

Bruce is again friends with Paul Weller which he emphasises is more important than music.

 

Having said that, Paul asked Bruce to perform on his Wake Up The Nation album and join him on stage at the Royal Albert Hall on 25th May 2010, to a rapturous standing ovation from the audience.

 

“No one could quite believe what they were seeing, it was history in the making and grown men had tears in their eyes” said one fan.  

 

With From the Jam, Bruce has a hectic touring schedule and is in demand across the world and continues to SELL OUT venues.

 

From The Jam have a busy 2015 ahead of them touring the UK, Australia, Singapore and the Middle East plus and they will be in the studio working on the forthcoming album “Smash the Clock” due for release in March 2016.

 

Fender Precision Bass®

 

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Our American Vintage ’57 Precision Bass pays tribute to this landmark instrument with accurate detailing, including electronics and hardware - from the split single-coil pickups to the vintage tuning machines and nitrocellulose lacquer finish. A true Fender classic. For more details visit www.fender.com

 

#BRUCE'S EQUIPMENT

Waterstone Brighton '64

 

Body Type: Hollow body, arch top, set neck

Body Size: 16"W x 19 3/4"L x 2" Thick

Pickups: 2 Bassbuckers

Controls: Two volume, two tone

Nut Width: 1.5", bone

Scale Length: 30" or 32"

Frets: 20

Neck Style: Thin taper

For more information visit:

waterstoneguitars.com

 

Ovation Acoustic

 

Visit www.jhs.co.uk

for more details.

 

Bruce’s Amplification

Ashdown BTA amp with

4x10 and 2x15 cabs

Visit ashdownmusic.com/

 

Strings

Rotosound Strings           rotosound.com/bruce-foxton/

 

 

© 2015 Photo Derek D'Souza

Russell Hastings has been working with Bruce Foxton since 2007 when Russell and Rick Buckler were touring with The Gift which was formed in 2006.

 

Russell has been the only frontman to work with both Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton since Paul Weller split The Jam in 1982 and has been earning respect from fans across the world as a frontman and with his guitar skills.

 

As a genuine Jam fan, his passion and understanding of The Jam's history is second to none and has toured the world playing to packed houses of Jam fans for years.

 

Russell was also co writer on Bruce Foxton's last album "Back In The Room" which reached Number 21 in the Independent album charts and was received with great acclaim.

 

He also worked alongside Paul Weller, Wilko Johnson and Steve Cropper to name just a few. 

 

#RUSSELL HASTINGS

#RUSSELL'S EQUIPMENT

Guitars

 

Gibson Junior guitar

Fender Telecaster 52

Rickenbacker 330 1981

Takaminie EN20 6 string acoustic

Guild 12 String JF55

 

Strings

 

Rotosound 11's guitars

Rotosound 13's acoustic guitars

Amplifiers

 

Marshall JMP 50w Head amplifiers

Marshall JMP 100w Head

 

© 2015 Photo Derek D'Souza

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