From the Jam gave crowd what they wanted

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY RE­BECCA BUCHAN

Mid­dle-aged skin­heads wear­ing Ben Sher­man shirts were out in force at the week­end to see 70s mu­sic leg­end Bruce Fox­ton rock out on stage at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen.

Trib­ute band From the Jam de­liv­ered a flaw­less and en­er­getic per­for­mance of some of the most iconic hits of the era in­clud­ing That’s En­ter­tain­ment, News of the World and David Watts.

Fox­ton took cen­tre stage, lead­ing the band through an hour-and-half of cult clas­sics from the group which cat­a­pulted him into star­dom.

And the 63-year-old rocker showed no signs

“The small and in­ti­mate venue suited the per­for­mance”

of slow­ing down as his in­cred­i­ble mu­si­cal skills on the bass, vo­cals and sheer en­thu­si­asm for per­form­ing wowed the crowd.

Not be­ing old enough to re­mem­ber the 70s my­self, I took my dad along with me who said that de­spite the ab­sence of front­man Paul Weller, From The Jam de­liv­ered ex­actly what the nos­tal­gic crowd were look­ing for.

And had I not known any bet­ter I could have been fooled into think­ing we were watch­ing the orig­i­nal line-up it­self.

The small and in­ti­mate venue suited the per­for­mance, in my opin­ion, as it com­pressed the sound and gave it more en­ergy.

It was also in­ter­est­ing for me to lis­ten to tracks which are 40 years old and still have rel­e­vance to­day.

Given the cur­rent tur­bu­lent po­lit­i­cal times we’re liv­ing through I can un­der­stand why some of these would still res­onate now.

All in all, a great gig and one I’ll re­mem­ber for a while.

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