REVIEW: From the Jam, The Pyramids, Southsea

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From the Jam performed Friday night at the Pyramids, supported by Secret Affair, a revival mod band.

It is 35 years since The Jam released their last studio album, The Gift.

From the Jam, featuring original Jam bass player Bruce Foxton, packed a full house. With Russell Hastings taking the position of former lead man Paul Weller, at first it felt a little like playing with a broken train set, Weller being the engine that drove The Jam for so long.

Hastings went on to surprise with his vocals, sounding very much like Weller and producing an excellent performance both musically and vocally.

Foxton’s bass playing was outstanding as ever and although it’s been 35 years, Foxton showed the same level of energy The Jam were famous for.

Opening with Strange Town, they went on to perform favourites such as Going Underground, Butterfly Collector and That’s Entertainment. Ending with Town Called Malice, the crowd dressed largely in classic mod attire, sang along with all the gusto of typical Jam concert.

For The Jam and Weller fans, who haven’t seen this band, this is one you should put on your list. With Foxton playing bass and Hastings excellent vocals, they have proved beyond doubt that they are very much the real thing.