REVIEW: From The Jam belts out electric performance at Weston's Grand Pier

PUBLISHED: 14:11 01 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:13 01 May 2019

From The Jams Russell Hastings and Bruce Foxton.	Picture: Derek-D-Souza

From The Jams Russell Hastings and Bruce Foxton. Picture: Derek-D-Souza


Scores of people turned out to the watch From The Jam's energetic performance on Thursday, which proved to be quite the show.

From The Jams Bruce Foxton.	Picture: Derek-D-SouzaFrom The Jams Bruce Foxton. Picture: Derek-D-Souza

The band, which pays homage to the 1970s ensemble The Jam, is comprised of former bassist from the original group, Bruce Foxton and it was fair to say they brought a fantastic show to Weston-super-Mare's Grand Pier.

From The Jam's other members consist of vocalist and guitarist Russell Hastings, drummer Mike Randon, and pianist Andy Fairclough.

Anyone who has listened to From The Jam's music will know they have sealed their reputation for sounding almost identical to the original band, which would explain why they are celebrating 12 years of touring together this year.

The group is bringing their 40th anniversary tour of The Jam's third studio album, All Mod Cons, to venues across the UK which ends in August this year.

From The Jams Russell Hastings.	Picture: Derek-D-SouzaFrom The Jams Russell Hastings. Picture: Derek-D-Souza

On the night they performed the original ensemble's classic songs such as Down In The Tube Station At Midnight and A Bomb In Wardour Street.

From The Jam also played Billy Hunt, Mr Clean and The Butterfly Collector, which only featured on the US release of All Mod Cons.

Honestly, I could not rave about this band enough.

The venue was well attended, but if more people knew it would take them back to The Jams' original days, it may have been a completely different atmosphere.

Massive kudos to From The Jam's supporting band, Weston's Reoffender, they got the crowd warmed-up and had most people dancing, including me.

They take influence from the Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Libertines and more and their covers of well-known songs, including The Killers' Mr Brightside, were very close to sounding like the originals and I would definitely go and watch them again.

When Foxton was interviewed about the up-and-coming tour he said 'the energy in rehearsals was going great' which certainly showed on stage.

The band's natural talent is immersive and grabbed my attention the whole night long.

I would certainly see them again, the warm-up act was spot-on and people were jamming throughout the night.

The band was subsequently heckled for an encore, which rounded-off the evening perfectly.

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