John may have seemed a touch restrained but his sense of mischief was in evidence part way through the this track as he purposefully stood in front of Mo, hiding both her and the keyboards, until she peeked out from behind him.
The initially small (it was an early start with only those in the know here in time for the whole set) but enthusiastic audience made plenty of noise. The numbers soon swelled as people managed to reach the venue throught the crowds of Londoners all travelling the opposite way.
The chat was kept rapid and fairly short (considering the usual Jones verbosity) to conserve time for the music. "Evening, it's nice to be back in London" swiftly being followed by mention of Jump being "the last band of this ilk to play" the venue and then the intro to the second track as "This is the song of the American B movie, Brad Pitt's early career. This is LIKE A DRUM". The tightly buttoned jacket and dark glasses remained on for this number.
"It was strange but during the quiet parts of that song I could hear murmuring." Commented JDJ about the burble of chatter in the background before continuing with: "This is a song for Alastair Campbell or any of those top politicians that are probably in tonight asking how people feel and really taking the pulse of the country. … Its called DR SPIN." Another rocky number to get the audience going.
"The next song is on the live album" …
"hey, we sold 3 CDs before we came onstage. It's going to be a record night
tonight, 'cos that'll be three!" (laughs from the audience)
"We've come from leafy Buckinghamshire
where the headlines in the local papers are 'Jump to it'". He went on to
explain that they regret naming the band because it is "something the local
news writers can have a field day". The tale moved on to the previous weeks
show in Swindon where the hall "was a tenth the size of this with a PA
four times the size and an engineer who's very, very very, willing to turn
it up very, very loud."
After removing his jacket off to reveal a Batman T-shirt, JDJ explained the next song was described in a 1991 Kerrang! Review as sounding like "Bruce Springsteen's oil stained overalls in the washbasket". The song, off their first album, is THE FREEDOM TRAIN He added that "if you're very brave" while making clapping motions! A few of the failthful down the front were brave though those further back managed to restrain themselves. This track is a quiet, almost acoustic song, which second guitarist Steve Hayes moved over to acoustic guitar while Mo joined in on tambourine.
"JDJ checked how the time was going with
Mo before taking the acoustic off Steve, borrowing a pick from Pete and
talking a little about reviewers and Time Out magazine.
Time for a change of tack though, "This is a song bout sex. TONGUE TIED". The pace is picked up once again with this track. Between verses JDJ loosens top section of mike stand letting it drop, a trick he began a gig or two ago. A strange habit but there you go. Vocalists, they just have to be the centre of attention. ;-)
"This is a song about a pinball machine
in Milton Keynes." He made some mention of the songs getting "more senseless"
before going on to explain that "if you're from where I am you just get
a big pair of wellies." I'll leave the rest of the introduction to your
imagination! Thankfully the tack was changed back to music with "This is
a song called JUDGEMENT DAY a heavy metal riff song." Heavier than
most of the set this far the twin guitars of Pete and Steve riffed their
way through the track before JDJ led it off into Led Zeppelin territory
with "talk(ing) about love". It's reached the band introductions time and
first up us the turn of:
Time was growing short now and just time for a subtle merchandise plug with "in the provinces I normally hold up a merchandise board." A quick jab at a Fish fan who made some email comments after Jump supported Fish in Haddington "wrote on the internet that we ruined Shine On You Crazy Diamond." Before asking us to "See what you think" as they kicked into KEEP THE BLUES.
Before the blues moved into SHINE ON
YOU CRAZY DIAMOND John queried "Ready? Mouses at the ready" as
he made mouse moving motions with his free hand. We didn't get much of
the track though as time was short and they kicked back into the blues
as Led Zeppelin were mentioned again. This time we were informed that it's
"twenty years since John Bonham died." Towards the end of the song
John donned dark glasses again then
And that was it. Almost exactly an hour of Jump in the centre of London. I'm sure a lot of people had their ears opened to another great band during that hour and let's hope the bought some CDs on their way out!
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