From the Jam jamming in Montrose

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From the Jam hit Montrose running on Friday night when they leapt on stage to play to the well warmed up crowd packing the town hall.

A mixed crowd of rockers of all generations, some bedecked in long frock coats, mod T-shirts and Gibson shoes were baying for the classic Mod rockers.

The band arrived with a promise to entertain and certainly didn’t leave any of the near capacity crowd disappointed.

The night opened with local rockers Ferus Cane who did their growing reputation no harm with a well received set of mod rock classics, as well as their own compositions, including the popular ‘I’m going to rock your world’ where mighty drummer Liam Beadie energetically set a thumping rhythm to Tommy Messer’s skilled fingers.

Next on stage were ska favourites Urang Matang featuring former Dexys Midnight Runners star Jim Paterson - they certainly knew how to get the crowd going and the tempo was sky high by the time they left the stage.

The legendary Bruce Foxton led his band on stage to huge applause and the high tempo set opened with a ‘Town Called Malice’ and hit after hit followed with everyone’s favourites being received to rapturous applause.

Their latest album ‘Smash the Clock’ features a track co-written by the original front man himself, Paul Weller. They played tracks from this masterpiece which is due to be released on March 18.

Satisfied fans gesticulated madly at the band throughout the set as familiar and awaited classics were produced again and again.

John Adkins, a fan over from New Hampshire in the States, said: “They were everything I hoped for. Loud, professional, the sound was authentic. It’s obvious they love what they’re doing. We had a really great night.”

Craig Campbell, of North East Promotions who organised the concert, said: ”The concert was a long time coming but well worth the wait.”