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Paul Weller To Collaborate With The Enemy At Crisis Gig This Weekend!

Tom Clarke and company team up with the legend at Crisis gig!

The Enemy are set to collaborate with Paul Weller at a gig in London this weekend.

The trio, awarded Best New Band at the Shockwaves NME Awards yesterday (February 28), will play two songs with their hero at the gig in aid of charity Crisis on March 2, in addition to their own set.

The two will perform The Jam’s ‘That’s Entertainment’ and The Enemy’s sonically similar ‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’ at the event, held at London’s Roundhouse.

The gig also features performances from Weller himself, Graham Coxon, Dirty Pretty Things, New Young Pony Club and Reverend And The Makers.

The whole ensemble will also perform ‘Consequences’, the track produced by Paul Epworth for Crisis, for the first, and possibly only time ever.

The Enemy @ MySpace

From NME

Paul Weller's New Drummer Rumours...

There are some reports that musician, Steve Pilgrim out of Liverpool is to join Paul Weller's band as the new drummer.

From Steve's MySpace Profile:
About Steve Pilgrim:
Split personality of drummer and singer songwriter creates equal parts energetic beat monkey and moody boy. Depending on what day you get him he could drumming up trouble with various characters/ bands/artists/lucky chancers or just strumming away on "old faithful" trying to earn a few pennies.

Influences: Elliot Smith, Nick Drake, Paul Simon, the Band, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Paul Weller, Jeff Buckley Johnny Cash, Yoshio Akeboshi, Bjork, Talking Heads, and all those liverpool noise makers.


We will of course update you with any further details as we get them.

Paul Weller Tour Advert From NME!

Here's the May tour advert from the latest issue of NME. This was provided by the kind folks over at the Paul Weller Chat Forum.

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Paul Weller And Souad Massi Collaboration!

By Raissa Kasolowsky
LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters Life!) - Algerian singer and guitarist Souad Massi has won critical acclaim for her extraordinary voice and her songs that tell of love, exile and nostalgia, blending influences from American-style folk, Flamenco and pop with the classical Arabo-Andalusian music of North Africa.

Massi, 35, grew up in the working-class Bab El Oued neighbourhood of Algiers and took up singing and playing the guitar at an early age. But the civil war in Algeria in the 1990s and the targeting of musicians and artists during the Islamist insurrection threatened to stop her fledgling musical career in its tracks.

In 1999, she was invited to perform at a small festival for Algerian women in Paris, which led to a record deal. Massi left Algeria and now lives in France with her husband and small daughter, where she enjoys huge success.

She spoke to Reuters after playing a special acoustic set at a film festival for women directors from North Africa and the Middle East i…

Paul Weller Will Play Special Acoustic Set For Teenage Cancer Trust Charity Shows!

The full line-up for this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust shows, which take place at the Royal Albert Hall, has been announced – and tickets for all shows are available from www.aloud.com from Friday 22 February 10am.

The line-up is as follows:

Wednesday 9April
An evening of comedy hosted by Noel Fielding plus guests.

Thursday 10 April
A special acoustic performance by Paul Weller and Steve Cradock, with special guest Duffy.

Friday 11 April
The Fratellis plus guests

Saturday 12 April
Muse plus guests

Launched in 2000 by TCT Patron and The Who frontman Roger Daltrey CBE, the annual Teenage Cancer Trust shows have a reputation for attracting the biggest names in music: last year’s event saw performances from Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher and Kasabian, among others.

Announcing this year’s line-up, Daltrey said: “These shows, now in their eighth year, continue to help Teenage Cancer Trust raise essential funds to build specialist teenage cancer units within the NHS. In 2008, the charity will open five new…

Crisis Consequences Promo!

Here's a cool little video promoting the upcoming Crisis Consequences charity single and gig to fight homelessness. Paul is headlining the concert and has contributed to the single. Please show your support for this worthy cause.

Paul Weller Page From MOJO's March Issue!

For those around the world that don't have access to MOJO Magazine, here's the page with the details of Paul's upcoming double LP titled,22 Dreams. This comes courtesy of the folks over at Ocean Colour Scene.

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"Wild Wood" Deluxe Gets 4.5 Stars In Paste Magazine (USA)

Paul Weller
Wild Wood (Deluxe Edition)[Yep Roc] Writer: Reid Davis
Review, Published online on 12 Feb 2008The early ’90s weren’t kind to Paul Weller. At one point wildly popular in the UK through his pioneering work in The Jam, Weller’s following outfit, The Style Council, followed a left-turn into house music that proved a dead end. As the new decade dawned, Weller was considered washed up and spent—artistically and commercially—without a band and without a record contract. So he chose to refocus on the traditional rock sounds he loved most. Although The Jam washed ashore on the tide of the punk movement, Weller and Co. were mod-rockers at heart, with a heavy debt to The Who and other ’60s acts. As a solo artist crafting an independent debut, Weller took on blue-eyed soul and Neil-Young-via-Nick-Drake acoustic rock (the latter a new element for him) as his primary colors. His self-titled solo debut was a grassroots hit, landing him a new record contract and a second life in the B…

Paul Weller To Play "Exit Festival" In Serbia On July 11,08!

Paul Weller, one of the most influential British musicians of all time and the former frontman of the legendary The Jam and The Style Council, is going to perform on the Main Stage of the Exit Festival on Friday, 11th July in Serbia.

Paul has just announced the new double album "22 Dreams" to be released in June. The album will be featuring Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer, the Oasis frontman and guitarist, as well as the former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon. After the release, Paul is heading on a tour of the UK, and in the summer, we will be hearing him on the Fortress.

At the Exit Festival, the audience will have the opportunity to hear both some of his classics and the songs from his new album. Weller will be performing with his usual band, which comprises guitarist Steve Cradock, drummer Steve White and bassist Damon Minchella.

Some UK Gigs Have Been Announced!

PAUL WELLER ANNOUNCES 12-DATE UK TOUR The greatest singer-songwriter of his generation, Paul Weller, has announced a UK tour for the spring which precedes his eagerly-awaited new studio album, his first since 2005's 'As Is Now'.

The past 15 years has seen Paul establish a highly acclaimed solo career post his The Jam and Style Council success, with albums like 'Wild Wood', ‘Stanley Road', 'Heliocentric' and 'Illumination'. Respected by his peers, cited as an inspiration in influencing the music-making of numerous breaking bands and attracting a legion of fans, Paul remains at the top of his career over 3 decades since his first single release.Expect Paul to debut tracks from his forthcoming album "22 Dreams" as well as classic Weller past and present. "22 Dreams" will be released in June.
Tickets for Paul Weller's UK tour go on sale Saturday 16th February.
May 2008 Mon 5th Halifax Victoria Theatre Tue …

New Album Details

An article in the March 2008 issue of Mojo Magazine can confirm that Weller's new album is titled '22 Dreams' and will be a 2-disc set.

More information in the full article:

THE MODFATHER TURNS 5O, RECORDS A
DOUBLE AND IGNORES THE HATERS. BY
CLIVE PRIOR

Paul Weller turns 50 this May, and is to mark the occasion with his
ninth solo record, and his first double-disc set, 22 Dreams. "I feel
I live and die by my last album," he says from his
Black Barn studio in Ripley, where he's putting
the finishing touches to the follow-up to
2005's As Is Now. "And this one I can definitely
live by. I feel rejuvenated by it."

It's also his most eclectic outing since his
days with The Style Council. "I wanted to do
something different. I felt I'd gone as far as I
could with my band, Ineeded to instigate a
change to become inspired. There were no
failings-out but I stripped it down to a nucleus of
just me and Steve Cradock. lt's really worked."

He had flirted …