Legendary bass guitarist and singer Bruce Foxton bought his outstanding ‘From The Jam’ show to The Robin 2, Bilston last night.
As well as Bruce Foxton from the original Jam line up, Russell Hastings as lead vocals delivered a Weller-esque performance. Hastings has his own vocal style which fits perfectly, and is expertly delivered. Paul Hastings has been working with Foxton since 2007 when Russell and Rick Buckler were touring with The Gift. Hastings has also worked alongside Paul Weller, Wilko Johnson and Steve Cropper, and as a genuine Jam fan, his passion and understanding of The Jam’s history is second to none.
To have Foxton leaping about stage between spells at the mic, looking dapper as ever in his smart suit and spiked hair was magnificent. His obvious enthusiasm and enjoyment shined through.
The band ignited the iconic venue with their astounding set; including the sensational Modern World, Down In The Tubestation, Going Underground and Town called Malice. The audience were whipped into a frenzy as the band delivered hit after hit.
During the encore the band played Takin My Love to commemorate 40 years since The Jam’s debut album’ In The City’ and finished with a storming rendition of Eton Rifles. The atmosphere was electric, with a mosh pit to boot! The crowd at one point were chanting, “We are, we are, we are the Mods!.”
For all intents and purposes this is The Jam, or the closest we’ll get to it in 2017. The energy, spirit and tightness of the band was to say the least fantastic. It was a wonderful experience at such a great venue, the hits may be 30 plus years old but they certainly connected with the Modern World!