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Paul Weller To Play Benicassim Festival In Spain - July 2009!

Kings Of Leon, Franz Ferdinand and Paul Weller will headline the Benicassim Festival in Spain next summer, it has been announced.

The trio of acts are the first names to be added to the bill for the 2009 bash, following appearances from My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen and Morrissey this year.

Discounted tickets for the event are on sale now at numerous online destinations, with the reduced rate set to end next month.

Benicassim 2009 takes place on July 16-19.

Paul Weller - Y Rock XPN Radio Takeover!

Paul Weller participated in a series for Y Rock XPN Radio in Philadelphia called, "Radio Takeover" whilst in the US a few months back. Paul plays some of his favourite tunes for your listening pleasure. In case you missed it or have yet to hear it, the show is being streamed at Y Rock's web site.

Direct Stream Links: mp3 / windows media

Paul Weller's Absolute Radio Christmas Zoo Session - Pics & Video!

You can view Paul's performance HERE!

Paul Weller - XFM DJ Series!

Paul Weller’s XFM Residency starts tonight, Sunday, December 7th at 9 p.m. GMT (4 p.m. EST) on XFM London. Each show will be 60 minutes in length, and Weller will be doing shows on every Sunday night at that time through the month of December. Weller’s Residency shows will be available for on-demand listening for seven days after their original broadcast via XFM London’s “Listen Again” function.

XFM London can be heard at 104.9 FM in the London area. It is also available on Sky Digital in the UK and worldwide on the Web at

The Archive site for the shows is HERE.

Paul Weller & Adele - Hub Session

Paul Weller and Adele tell us about their unique session for 6 Music

05 December 2008 - Paul Weller and Adele linked up at the Maida Vale studios last night (4 December) for a special 6 Music session.

The pair sang Weller's You Do Something To Me together and then a version of the song Need Your Love So Bad.

Weller told us why they decided to perform that song: “It was Adele’s idea, which was a very good choice as well. It’s an old blues tune, which most people probably know from Fleetwood Mac but I think it goes beyond that.”

However, it could have been quite different, as Adele told 6 Music: “Initially I chose I’m Gonna Make You Love Me by Diana Ross and The Supremes with the Temptations.

“I hadn’t really heard it for a good couple of years and I got home from Amsterdam and thought, ‘Oh God, that Temptations part is too high, I don’t think Paul will be able to sing it.

“And then Diana Ross comes in. You know how there’s certain artists that can get away with talking on the song, sayin…

Paul Weller In Brixton - Set Lists "Brix II" And "Brix III"

Courtesy Of All Mod Cons

All Mod Cons has posted an excellent review as well as pictures from both nights over at his blog. Please click below and pop on over to check it out.

Profile And Interview With Paul Weller's Cover Art Designer, Simon Halfon!

Weller's Style Councillor!

Record sleeves by the Modfather's favourite designer have been brought together in a new book about the former Jam frontman. Ian Burrell looks at the career of Simon Halfon, who has also worked with Oasis

Friday, 28 November 2008

When a young Simon Halfon, then one of only three mods at Durham University, went backstage to meet The Jam at a gig at Bridlington Spa Pavilion, he didn't think he was forging a relationship that would define his career.

But the conversation with Paul Weller in 1979 stood him in good stead. After Halfon dropped out of university, and returned to his native London to pursue a career in the music business, the Modfather remembered him. A quarter of a century later he is sitting on a portfolio of record-sleeve designs that span Weller's career from The Jam, via The Style Council, to his solo work.

In an era when record shops are closing in droves, as sales plummet in the face of digital downloading, smart design plays a vit…

Paul Weller News Sends Out A HUGE Thanks!!

Image Courtesy Of Stefan Duerr

As the year winds down and the Weller World Tour 2008 has finished up, The Paul Weller News team would like to send out a HUGE thanks to all those folks that have been kind enough to send in their photos, set lists, etc. to share with the community. We'd also like to thank our readers for continuing to make this place a spot in your travels. Most of all we are fans just like you. It's been a great year for Paul Weller and a great year for our little blog. All the very best to you!!

"Stand Proud As An Internationalist!"

Until the next post...

The Paul Weller News Team,
Chris, Dave...and all our field reporters!

Paul Weller In Brixton - The Guardian Gig Review!

Paul Weller
Brixton Academy, London

5 / 5
Betty Clarke
The Guardian, Wednesday November 26 2008

On a giant screen is an image of John Lennon, the former Beatle who always believed the number nine was lucky. On the stage below struts Paul Weller, his rejuvenated career proof that Lennon was right.

Weller's ninth album, 22 Dreams, has garnered the Modfather his best reviews for a decade. Dispensing with the dadrock he has been mired in since the mid 1990s, the double album is awash with dreamy folk, lush psychedelia and Philly soul, linked by unlikely interludes into krautrock and free-form jazz. At 50, Weller is celebrating being once again at the vanguard of British rock with the first of three sold-out shows at the Brixton Academy.

Weller bounces up and down, wolf-whistles down his mic and throws a triumphant hand in the air. "Oh, it's good to be home!" he says, gleefully.

The classic rock of Peacock Suit and Changingman feed off the energy of new songs like 22 Dreams. The …

Paul Weller In Brixton - Gig Review

Paul Weller Is At His Best In The Capital
James Anthony, Evening Standard 26.11.08

It was once said that Paul Weller is the John Lennon of the Grange Hill generation. Judging by the intense admiration his live audiences feel for the 50-year-old musician, there’s a case for arguing that Mr Angry of Woking is in fact bigger than the late Beatle.

As Weller approached the stage, his distinct duck-footed gait and absurd Steve Marriot-style hairstyle easily recognisable, a roar went up that would have done Stamford Bridge on a Saturday afternoon proud. Peacock Suit and Changing Man were delivered in Weller’s tight, punchy style; a style that on a good day could floor Joe Calzaghe.

The poppy and rather naff Style Council hit Shout To The Top was reworked into a foot-stomping number that sent the audience into a swaying, baying mob. This was followed by The Jam’s Eton Rifles, hilariously cited by Old Etonian David Cameron as being a seminal influence, that virtually had them storming the ramparts…

Paul Weller In Nottingham - Set List!

Courtesy Of Andrew aka A Thousand Things

Paul Weller In Latest Issue Of Mojo!

Paul has a short interview in the latest issue of Mojo! 22 Dreams checks in at #3 on their best of 2008 list!

Paul Weller In Birmingham - Pics & Gig Review!

Paul Weller,
Birmingham LG Arena
By Tim Sturgess

It’s hard to believe the first time I saw Paul Weller on stage I was 15 and the year was 1982. Now the Jam generation are all grown up and even bringing their own children to the gigs.

Last night at Birmingham’s LG Arena Weller took the audience on a musical journey through one of the most impressive back catalogues in British popular culture.

Opening with Peacock Suit, Changing Man, Into Tomorrow, All I Wanna Do (is be with you) and From the Floorboards Up,the pace was fast and hard and nearly everybody was on their feet.

Weller knows what his audience wants and delivered it in spade-loads. The biggest applause was saved for the classics, including Shout to the Top and the class system anger of Eton Rifles.

After four decades of song writing and now aged 50, there seems no stopping him. This man’s fire has definitely not gone out.

From Express And

Paul Weller Announces More Tour Dates For 2009!

New Dates Announced!!

March 17th Wolverhampton Civic
Wed 18th Swindon Oasis Leisure Centre
Thu 19th Plymouth Pavilions.

Tickets go on sale Monday 24th.

Maximum 6 tickets per household. Tickets available from the 24 hour
hotline 0870 735 5000 or online from

Agency and credit card bookings subject to a booking fee.

Paul Weller In Liverpool - Gig Review!

Paul Weller, ECHO Arena

Nov 18 2008 by Jane Haase, Liverpool Echo

“WHAT’S your favourite Paul Weller song?” I recently asked a hard core fan.

“Impossible to name just one,” he spluttered.

“Okay, your top 10 then?” He still looked stumped.

After all there are 20 albums to choose from in a career spanning over 30 years taking in The Jam, Style Council and work as a solo artist.

That impressive back catalogue was in evidence at a packed ECHO arena last night.

He might have turned 50 this year but Paul Weller has marked this landmark birthday with 22 Dreams, arguably his best album for 10 years. Drawing on his diverse musical influences over the decades, the catchy guitar driven rock of Have You Made Up Your Mind yields to the folksier tones of Light Nights, before psychedelia floods the stage in the shape of Weller on keyboards for One Bright Star.

And while a large part of the night was devoted to showcasing his latest work, Weller’s set was interspersed with numerous standouts from his extensi…

Paul Weller In Liverpool - Set List!

Courtesy Of Charlie Bravo

Paul Weller To Tour Japan In April 09!

Paul has some dates listed for Japan in April of next year.

Fri 4/3/09 Kawasaki, Japan Club Chitta
Sat 4/4/09 Tokyo, Japan Shinkiba Studio Court
Sun 4/5/09 Nagoya, Japan Club Diamond Hall
Tue 4/7/09 Fukuoka, Japan Drum Logos
Wed 4/8/09 Osaka, Japan Nanba Hatch
Thu 4/9/09 Hiroshima, Japan Club Quatro

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Paul Weller In Newcastle - Pics!

Courtesy Of Pete aka The Eton Rifle

Paul Weller In Glasgow - Pics!

Courtesy Of Pete aka The Eton Rifle

Paul Weller In Newcastle - Set List

Courtesy Of Pete aka The Eton Rifle

Paul Weller In Newcastle - Gig Review

Paul Weller, Metro Radio Arena

Nov 17 2008 by Lori Reid, The Journal

YOU have to hand it to Paul Weller, after being in the business for all these years, the man can still put on one heck of a show.

With new album 22 Dreams and a back catalogue spanning 30 years, Weller had an awful lot to fit into Saturday’s amazing two-hour set.

The former Jam frontman was full of energy, strutting across the stage and stamping along to the beat.

Cherry-picking classics from his Style Council days such as Shout To The Top sent the crowd into a frenzy. But it was Jam numbers that brought the house down. Eton Riffles sent the audience wild and a full-scale sing-a-long was in motion. That’s Entertainment was another highlight.

New songs Sea Spray, Push It Along and Invisible were well received and sat easily alongside his solo hits Broken Stones, Wild Wood and Changing Man.

At the penultimate song, a big screen showing harrowing footage of 9/11, then more generalised images of war, loomed over audience.

His me…

Paul Weller In Glasgow - Set List!

Courtesy Of Pete aka The Eton Rifle

Paul Weller In Glasgow - Gig Review!


ARM windmilling above his head, the Modfather clips out the glittering guitar chords of a sensational Peacock Suit.

“I’m Narcissus in a puddle,” he croons. “Nemesis in a muddle.”

With guitarist Steve Craddock and the rest of the band on blazing form behind him, it’s a moment to savour.

Just a few minutes into this incredible show and it’s already shaping up to be something spectacular.

“Friday night in Glasgow,” he grins broadly. “Yes please...”

Closing in on the end of a world tour to promote the stunning 22 Dreams LP, Weller is at the peak of his powers.

That signature voice has never sounded better and it’s clear he’s having a ball as he delivers a dazzling display that draws from every phase of his career.

An electric version of current single Sea Spray is an early highlight, the intimate acoustic balladry of the original transformed by a stomping beat into a jubilant anthem. Straight after, he turns up the thrills by telling the fans: “We’re going to …

Paul Weller In Aberdeen - Gig Review!

The Modfather Delights Audience!
Paul Weller Cements Reputation As One Of UK’s Finest.

Published: 14/11/2008

NATIONAL treasure, the Modfather and the man who sensationally disbanded The Jam when they were seemingly at the peak of their powers.

Paul Weller’s three-decade career in the music business means he is different things to different generations.

The fortysomethings in last night’s audience at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre’s Press and Journal Arena still remember him as the archetypal young man from the post-punk era of Going Underground and Down in the Tube Station at Midnight.

For the Britpop generation he remains a patron of the chief torch-bearers of the nation’s return to its love affair with guitar music, Oasis and the brothers Gallagher.

Even the youngsters have to admit that this time Dad’s right, Weller has penned some cracking tunes over the years.

Now nearing 50 and revered as one of the finest songsmiths the UK has ever produced, Weller has experienced severa…

Paul Weller In Dubai - Photos!

Courtesy Of Brutha Ryan

Paul Weller In Dublin - Set List!

Courtesy Of Dean Clarke
Peacock Suit
Out Of The Sinking
22 Dreams
The Changingman
Eton Rifles
All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)
From The Floorboards Up
Sea Spray
Shout To The Top
Porcelain Gods
Picking Up Sticks
Wishing On A Star
Have You Made Up Your Mind?
Push It Along
One Bright Star
Empty Ring
Light Nights
Butterfly Collector
That's Entertainment
Wild Wood
Echoes Round The Sun

Broken stones
Whirlpool's End

All You Need Is Love

Paul Weller In Dubai - Set List!

Courtesy Of Brutha Haynes

Review Of Paul Weller Gig In Crawley From The Crawley Observer!

REVIEW: Paul Weller, K2 leisure centre, Crawley.

Published Date: 10 November 2008
By Phil Hewitt

You've got to hand it to the old boy. Even after all these years, Paul Weller still hasn't lost his edge, his ability to shock.
On the penultimate song we were suddenly staring at graphic images of 9/11 - and fleetingly it seemed that Weller had lapsed into the most appalling error of taste.

But then, more generalised images of war gave way to a succession of images of great peace movement figures (Gandhi, JFK, Lennon et al), focusing in on their wise words - words the world has unwisely ignored.

Shock turned to admiration. OK, he was probably preaching to a fairly peaceful audience (it seems unlikely he dissuaded anyone from murder that night) but well done, Weller. Anyone with a platform who uses it to speak up for peace gets my vote.

And that's on top of a blindingly-brilliant two hour set.

Weller is simply the best, drawing on a magnificent 30-year back catalogue and - sure sign of…

Paul Weller Interview From The Sunday Mail!

Paul Weller Backs Rebel Son To Carry On Family's Music Tradition

Nov 9 2008 By Mickey Mcmonagle

Paul Weller has notched up millions of album sales, had hits in four decades and sold out arenas all over the world.

He is quick to play down his achievements but truly lights up when he reveals son Natt is following in his musical footsteps.

His oldest boy has launched his own music career and 50-year-old Weller hopes some of his other four children will follow suit.

Paul said: "I would love my kids to follow me into music.

"I'd recommend it to anyone - it is one of the most noble professions and I would encourage it all I could. I'd love it.

"My eldest is trying to get something together now. It wasn't out of me pushing him, he has come to it himself, which is as it should be.

"It's not fair for me to say what he is doing but he is talking to labels, he has had some interest and now he is writing and recording demos. I'm really proud of him.

"I will…

Paul Weller In Southend - Set List!

Peacock Suit
Out Of the Sinking
Shadow of The Sun
22 Dreams
The Changing Man
All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)
From The Floorboards Up
Sea Spray
Shout To The Top
Porcelain Gods
Picking Up Sticks
Wishing On A Star
Have You Made Up Your Mind
Push It Along
You Do Something To Me
One Bright Star
Empty Ring
Lite Nights / 111
Butterfly Collector
That's Entertainment
Wild Wood
Echoes Round The Sun
Come On Lets Go

Broken Stones
Whirlpools End
Town Called Malice (with Phil Jupitus)

Set List Courtesy Of Apple Bed

Paul Weller In Crawley - 2nd night Set List!

Courtesy Of A Thousand Things

Paul Weller -The Soundtrack Of My Life!

When I discovered the magic of music
Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane (1967)

This was the first time I had heard music that made me sit up and think, 'This is something else.' I was nine, so I didn't know anything about psychedelic music or acid; it just sounded so different, so otherworldly. From then on, I lived and breathed music. I watched Top of the Pops every week, playing air guitar in front of the TV. I would be on plastic guitar and a mate would be on biscuit tins, drumming. That was it, really. Then my dad bought me a guitar at 12 and at 14 I was playing gigs in working men's clubs in Woking.

When we got the Jam together
Down by the Jetty - Dr Feelgood (1975)

At first we only played Beatles covers, Chuck Berry and Little Richard, not only because we loved that kind of music but because the songs only have three chords. The rock'n'roll influence comes through my mum, a big Elvis fan, and then through Dr Feelgood. This album's menacing, edgy sound wa…

Paul Weller In Crawley - Set List

Courtesy Of Pretty Green

Upcoming TV & Radio Appearances For Paul Weller!

TV: 14 Nov 2008 21:00 BBC Four

In an exclusive BBC4 session filmed at BBC Television Centre, Paul Weller performs numbers from his double album 22 Dreams, hits from throughout his solo career including From The Floorboards Up and Peacock Suit, plus a couple of classics from The Jam's back catalogue.

Weller performs with his regular five piece band and is joined on some numbers by The Wired Strings and a brass section. He also has special guests, including Oasis guitarist Gem Archer on Echoes Round The Sun, fiddle player Eliza Carthy on Wild Wood and Where O er You Go, and former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon on Black River.


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14 Nov 2008 22:00 BBC Four

Documentary looking at the 30-year career of Paul Weller, who tells his own story with the input of those who know him.
Using unseen photos and archive footage, it covers his upbringing in Woking, his years with The J…

Paul Weller Featured In December Issue Of Uncut!

“When I was 18, I thought it’d all be over by the time I was 21,” Paul Weller tells us this month, looking back on a career that now spans more than 30 years. “At 18, 25 seemed like a lifetime away,” he adds. “Then before you know it, you’re 30. Then you’re 40. And all of a sudden, you’re 50.”

If Weller at 50 is somewhat flabbergasted, how, you have to wonder, does Leonard Cohen feel at 74? As he prepares for a second leg of sold-out UK dates on what has become one of the most triumphant comebacks ever, you would have to say he seems in rude health and wit. In our second major feature this month, the legendary singer-songwriter talks about going back on the road for the first time in nearly 20 years and why for him, it was ‘now or never’, while key members of his touring entourage tell us how the tour came together and share their memories of some of its highlights so far.

Paul Weller Interview With The Sunday Mirror!

Exclusive:Paul Weller may have turned 50, but he says he won't rest on his laurels!

By Gavin Martin 24/10/2008

As his female string section file into a West London rehearsal room, Paul Weller sits on a wall outside blinking in the sunshine, sipping tea and smoking Benson & Hedges.

In May, the Britrock legend turned 50 having just delivered the greatest, most surprising, album of his career.

Featuring collaborations with Robert Wyatt and Noel Gallagher, 22 Dreams is a captivating 2CD set.

It covers everything from the Modish punk rock Weller first found fame with in The Jam, the jazzy adventures he undertook in The Style Council, as well as forging previously unchartered adventures in avant garde, krautrock and nu-folk territory.

It's a record full of ambition and adventure - decidedly not the work of a man settling down for a quiet easy-going middle age.

"You can't really plan for those things, but I did have big ambitions for it starting out and they developed as it wen…

Paul Weller @ The BBC - Full Details!!

Follow this link to see all the formats and tracks as part of the Paul Weller @ The BBC Collection! The digital box set will contain FULL concert performances! Shaping up to be a real quality release.

Paul Weller @ The BBC

Details Of New Issue Of Paul Weller Magazine "All Mod Icon!"

Pre-Order the Limited Edition Paul Weller 50th edition of All Mod Icon!

I have begun taking pre-orders for the strictly limited edition A5 48 page full colour glossy issue of the magazine to commemorate Paul Weller's 50th year. The magazine is litho printed throughout on 130 gms gloss paper. Features include an exclusive interview with Paul by John Reed (Author of My Ever Changing Moods) and articles by John Reed on 'Confessions Of A Pop Group' (initially commissioned and unused by Uncut magazine) and the Weller At The BBC box set, an overview of Paul's career with contributions by Joel Stoker (The Rifles) Johnny Clarke (Dogs) Carleen Anderson, Steve White, Simon Donald & Gabrielle. The magazine is beautifully designed with photographs (some previously unseen) by Lawrence Watson & Stefan Duerr. I am taking orders worldwide. All pre-ordered magazines will be sent out on Nov 1st. To pre-order your copy visit:
"All Mod Icon is as styl…

Paul Weller Pictures & Set Lists From Europe!

Brussels aka Shithole- Courtesy Of Jean Christophe & Yann!


Heidelberg - Courtesy Of All Mod Cons!

All Mod Cons has another great review of the evening in Heidelberg over at his blog. Please stop by to check it out HERE!

Photos Courtesy Of Sakura

Munich - Courtesy Of The Eton Rifle!