By Melanie Scrafton, Rock At Night Perth Correspondent
Venue: The Capitol, Perth–September 17 2016
Iconic 70’s 80’s Mod band The Jam had 3 members, Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton & Rick Buckler. The band called it a day in 1982 after 10 years and 6 studio albums. Buce Foxton is the man behind those epic bass lines that made The Jam stand out musically for many fans. Joined by Russell Hastings and Steve Barnard to recreate The Jam experience with ‘From The Jam’ on this Australian Tour – Going Undergound.
Supporting Act The High Learys opened as the Sell Out crowd filter into Capitol Night Club Perth, for ‘From The Jam’s’ last Australian show of this tour.
From The Jam stepped out onto the stage without introduction and charged straight into ‘A Town Called Malice’. What an incredible start, instant crowd irruption. At this point the venue is full of for the most part middle-aged males, but the female fans were represented well and few younger faces blended in.
They are not a band that interacts much with their audience, but back to back classic Jam tunes are what the crowd were there for and its what they got.
The crowd like a massive choir sang back word for word every song, creating an amazing atmosphere. The whole venue rocked for the full 75 minute set. The only time the set slowed down was for ‘English Rose’ when Russell switched his guitar to acoustic. Regardless of being 61years old Bruce has great energy & enthusiasm, after all these tunes would not work with out the kind of energy that ignited a generation of music crazed Punks, Skin Heads and Mods.
If you missed it, don’t worry they promised to be back to our shores in March 2018.
SET LIST –
Town Called Malice
When You’re Young
Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
But I’m Different Now
Boy About Town
Now The Time Has Come
In The City
"MUSIC IS MY LIFE"
This sentence gets banded around by both performers & consumers for as long as I can remember.
But what does that actually mean?
I can only speak for myself, so I will attempt to describe what that means to me. Music can change my headspace from negative to positive within minutes, it can improve my attitude, it stimulates and inspires me, it provides a sound track to important life events and memories, it unites me with like minded souls and saves me from despair when I am challenged by life circumstances. Music gives me hope.
To show my appreciation I work to promote the work of many creative artists, I buy their material, I purchase tickets to see them perform and I spend my money of their merchandise. By supporting and contributing to the international music industry, I play my part in securing its future.
You are welcome!
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