Steve Brookes, an original member of The Jam, was joined by long time friend Paul Weller at a special charity event in Woking. Brookes played some never before heard early recordings and the two played four songs together live!
Well Alright Buddy Holly
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) Marvin Gaye
Things We Said Today The Beatles
Bye Bye Love The Everly Brothers
(Cheers Andrew Stuart)
Review From Get Surrey -
Brookes, former guitarist with The Jam, kept the audience enthralled during his Woking Hospice gig on Saturday at the HG Wells Conference & Events Centre, performing songs intertwined with his memories of the formation of the legendary band.
Scribblings of songs written in lined exercise books were projected onto a screen on stage, along with rarely seen photos of The Jam and even their first business card.
Fans listened to old recordings of Weller singing hits including Elvis Presley’s Blue Suede Shoes and Neil Sedaka's Oh! Carol.
Whispered rumours among the seated audience confirmed Weller was in the house and the fans went wild when he walked out from behind display boards by the stage.
He joined his friend for three duets, including their take on How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You), first recorded by Motown legend Marvin Gaye.
It was a unique night for the audience, some who had travelled many miles to see Brookes perform.
Andy Stuart took a trip from Doncaster to Woking for the one-off gig and said he was thrilled to see Weller and Brookes on stage together.
He told Get Surrey: “It is history in the making with the recordings we haven’t heard before.”
Weller signed a picture by James Cowboymod, which was auctioned for Woking Hospice and won by David Lees from Cheshire, who paid £375 for the one-off item.
A grand total of nearly £4,000 was collected at the gig, which was organised by Vic Falsetta.
Images Courtesy Of David Coombs