CONCERT REVIEW : From The Jam, Barrowland Ballroom 29th Jan 2022

TREMENDOUS NIGHT OF CLASSIC MUSIC AT THE BARRAS

From the moment the lights go down and the opening chords of Music For The Last Couple strike up as the band take to the stage, the sold out Glasgow crowd were pumped up for the latest visit to their city of From The Jam. 

This tour will celebrate the 1980 classic record Sound Affects, and the setlist would see a run thru of the album, which still sounds as good as it always has.  Tracks such as Pretty Green, Start!, Man In The Corner Shop and the classic That’s Entertainment, just terrific music and astonishing to think original composer Paul Weller was only 22 years of age  when he wrote it. 

Tonight’s support is provided by The Selecter.  The original two-tone band hailing from Coventry were formed in the middle of the ska revival in 1979, with mainstays Pauline Black and Arthur Hendrickson on vocal duties.  Tonight’s set would see the big numbers and a few ska favourites to delight the crowd, including Missing Words, Too Much Pressure, Train To Skaville and On My Radio.  A terrific way to start the evening with the band on fire, Pauline Black’s vocals on point and the crowd lapping up every beat.

Time for From The Jam, and original member Bruce Foxton is joined on stage by Mike Randon on drums and Russell Hastings up front on lead vocals, a more than able substitute for the Paul Weller role.

With the Sound Affects album covered, it was onto the rest of the bands back catalogue to complete the evening.  And what a catalogue to choose from.  Town Called Malice, To Be Someone, David Watts, Down In The Tubestation At Midnight and Strange Town.  The Eton Rifles completed the main set and the band left for a much-deserved break.  On returning to the stage, they blitzed the encore with two of the band’s biggest hitters, with The Gift album track Ghosts sandwiched in between the debut single In the City and their first British number one single, Going Underground from 1980 which rounded off the evening. 

Tonight was a journey back in time.  A chance to see a couple of old bands from a bygone era, who none the less still sound great and proving their music is timeless.  Old heroes in Pauline Black and Bruce Foxton, tremendous artists in their own right, Black sounding and looking as fabulous as she ever did and Foxton still doing his stuff and scissor kicking around the stage as he used to.  It was a chance for the crowd to see and hear the music they grew up with, up close, personal and a night for all to enjoy, a terrific evening of classic music, in a great venue, with a great atmosphere each member of the crowd leaving with a smile on their face, and all in complete agreement… THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT!!!

Review and Photographs by Stephen Wilson 

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