No more Ipswich Starts for Jam

REBELLIOUS mod legends The Jam could be forced into Going Underground if they want to play in Ipswich again, the Evening Star can reveal today.Their rowdy gig at the Regent turned Ipswich into a Town Like Malice and the band will not be invited back to the venue again in a hurry.

REBELLIOUS mod legends The Jam could be forced into Going Underground if they want to play in Ipswich again, the Evening Star can reveal today.

Their rowdy gig at the Regent turned Ipswich into a Town Like Malice and the band will not be invited back to the venue again in a hurry.

The Eton Rifles would have been hard pressed to keep order as eight people were pulled from the crowd and escorted off the premises when they played at the Regent, on November 21.

Security staff had to wrestle with unruly fans as they forced their way onto the stage to embrace and shake hands with drummer, Rick Buckler and bassist Bruce Foxton and others 'crowd surfed' their way to the front of the crowd where door men were waiting to escort them out the building.

Hazel Clover, manager of the Ipswich Regent, said although the band - the original line-up without frontman Paul Weller - was not officially banned from the venue, there were no plans to invite them back.

She said: “Eight people were asked to leave the premises for the reason of disturbing the enjoyment of other customers and putting other customer's safety at risk and for being intoxicated.”

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“Some bands come with that kind of culture - I understand that when The Jam itself were in their heyday getting on the stage was the thing to do.

“It can happen at these events when you have a lot of people involved.

“But we have quite tight procedures because our alcohol licence means we can't afford to take any risks when it comes to managing those situations.”

Thin Lizzy also caused a storm on November 24 at the Regent when a fan was forced to leave the premises after punching another fan.

Ms Clover said: “It was a fantastic concert and it's unfortunate because there were more than 600 people in there that night so it's a shame.

“Having such a diverse programme here means you get a different kind of feel every time and the old school rock bands, particularly, can bring a different kind of atmosphere.

“It's fascinating how each audience can bring a different feel and attitude to the event.”

Did you witness the shocking scenes at The Jam or Thin Lizzy gigs? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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