Postmodern Jukebox @ 02 Academy, Glasgow Feb26


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Postmodern Jukebox @ 02 Academy, Glasgow


Postmodern Jukebox @ 02 Academy, Glasgow

They say a change is as good as a rest so I decided to go for a very big change. My life revolves around rock,metal and blues but some time ago I came across this lots version of Aerosmith’s “Dream On” and it instantly peaked my attention so I dove through all their rock covers and decided then and there this was something I needed to see live.

I also love a good burlesque show so I suppose the leap was not too dramatic as it had that type of feel(but not as much flesh). Some of the audience had dressed up and it was a real party atmosphere. The hall was packed which for someone who follows bands for 10 years before they get any recognition found incredible but when you look into this worldwide phenomenon it is no surprise.

In seven years an idea has grown massively with an unbelievable amount of views on their videos, record sales through the roof and when you watch a show it is easy to see why. The idea to take modern classics and turn them into swing, jazz and ragtime is sheer genius but it would never have worked without some serious talent behind it and tonight the talent was on show from start to finish.

With so many songs to chose from a set list must be difficult and no doubt people will get upset if their favorite is missed out but with so much to pick from tonight nobody would leave unhappy.

Obviously for me I was looking for the rock tracks and they came forth aplenty. For me the night was made by their rendition of “Seven Nation Army” followed closely by “Thriller” and “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”. There was a moment of trepidation as they kicked into “Creep” as I have heard so many bands cover this song it can become boring but it was so different it was sheer class.

As much as every one of the five singers tonight were on top form with amazing vocals the band do need to take a bow and I am so glad they were given time out front as they provide the canvas for the painting that is layered and lovingly displayed.

Another plus side for this is that the songs are done so well the lyrics are easily recognised and with someone of my age who is not used to lyric videos or sites it means I easily find out what I have been singing wrong for years. I may have felt stupid but thank you for putting me right.

I loved this change and if this old rocker can enjoy a show like this anyone can and obviously do as the age range tonight is massive. Young and young at heart are now diving into the older genres and this has to be good. For those saying it is basically a tribute night I slap your face virtually as it is keeping the feel of Jazz and swing alive and well and I am sure people will leave here and look into the past.

Postmodern Jukebox should be on everyone’s bucket list. Thoroughly enjoyable, full of fun and laughter and bursting with talent and the one comment that host Coonio made which had me nodding in agreement as I cannot convey the message enough is thank you for coming out and supporting live music. In a world of access all areas with the likes of youtube it is great to see packed halls and people at least leaving their sofa for one night. I live and breathe music, it has been my companion for four decades, has seen me through good times and bad. It has given me memories for life, friends I would never have met before and I know everyone walked out of that venue with an experience they will never forget.

Postmodern Jukebox @ 02 Academy, Glasgow

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