From The Jam – The Lemon Tree – 05/05/13
It’s the return of From The Jam to Aberdeen was always going to pull a decent crowd, over 400 people on the night despite a lot of things happening elsewhere on this, the Mayday weekend. From The Jam is original member Bruce Foxton with Russell Hastings and Mark Brzezicki and as it turned out, an absolute belter of a setlist to get through.
No support on the night so we were straight into the classics Down At The Tube Station at Midnight, The Modern World and David Watts, I mean, what a start to a set and the bar is set for the rest of the evening dipping in and out their album selection from ’77 through to ’82. Russell and Bruce are smiling and playing like they are really enjoying themselves from start to finish. We have an all age crowd as well, although obviously mainly people in their 30s and 40s who were there the first time around but I’m seeing punks, mods, hoodlums, all past and current versions but jeez, engaging in a bit of people watching shows just how many people know the words to the majority of the songs played tonight. It’s a great crowd, and a happy one too by the looks of things. I loved the inclusion of Butterfly Collector, one of my gems from back in the day.
Singer Russell actually takes his time to compliment the crowd and I must, for what its worth, thank him for that, not many bands make the effort even when folk have shelled out their hard-earned in these recession hit times.
We finish with the encore of In The City, Beat Surrender and A Town Called Malice which has the venue singing along in unison. Man, its great to feel sixteen again, even if it’s just for a wee while.
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