Saturday, January 17, 2015
I'd heard that it is used more often as a nightclub than a music venue, but I was really surprised and impressed by what a nice venue it is.
After a quick game of darts in a nearby pub (the Fox & Pheasant) where the 2 guys on the board very kindly let us challenge them (and we sneaked a 2-1 win), we got in pretty early as we were keen to catch the support in the form of Simon Townshend. Simon was on good form, mixing in new material with a couple of oldies, although surprisingly not "The Way It Is". Unfortunately his set was pretty short - we'll certainly look out for any solo shows later this year.
So confession time - I was never really a massive fan of The Jam and wouldn't profess to know much of their material. What I did know was that the 3 piece here included original Jam member Bruce Foxton; the show was an acoustic one; and after that I was taking a bit of a leap into the unknown.
An hour and a half later, that had all changed. Turns out I know (or at least recognised) many more Jams songs than I thought I knew and I had a great time.
Guitarist / Vocalist / Stuart Pearce look-a-like, Russell Hastings, did a great job. He wisely didn't try to replace Paul Weller in a note for note style, but stamped his own personality across the songs. The audience seemed to have a great time, singing along enthusiastically. I had wondered if it may get a bit boisterous, but with a primarily middle-aged audience and with looking security the type you wouldn't mess with, there was no hassle at all - even with our vantage point (the standard front and left). To make the evening even better, we got a Who song - So Sad About Us.
I shall return - both for the band and the venue.
When You're Young
To Be Someone (Didn't We Have a Nice Time)
Thick as Thieves
Man in the Corner Shop
It's Too Bad
So Sad About Us
Little Boy Soldiers
The Butterfly Collector
Town Called Malice
The Eton Rifles
Down in the Tube Station at Midnight