Skip to main content

Paul Weller @ Teenage Cancer Trust Benefit - Interview, Review, Set List!

Teenage Cancer Trust 2008 Interview and Pictures
Virgin Radio's Ben Jones caught up with 'The Modfather', backstage at the Teenage Cancer Trust Concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall. Listen to the full interview below where Weller claims he didn’t do much on his latest collaboration with Noel Gallagher, “I just sang and drank beer” said Weller. Isn’t that what all lead singers do?

And after playing sell out concerts all over the world Weller still gets stage fright, “I always get nervous anyway- regardless. I always have done – and probably always will do even after all these years. I think it is because it gives you a edge. If you didn’t care I think it would show in a performance.”
Ben Jones: You’re looking well.

Paul Weller: I’ve been back from holiday, rested. Ready to return to work.

P: Because it’s about to go crazy again, 22 dreams.

P: Yeah I hope so. I hope it does. Got a new album coming out in June. And then we’re in tour in May.

B: So what is it, a double album?

P: Yeah it’s a double album. 21 tracks. It’s a bit of everything. Someone was asking Noel Gallagher what it sounded like and he said there isn’t one track that sounds like the next one really- which is probably quite accurate.

B: So you’re playing at the Royal Albert hall tonight. Are you nervous?

P: I always get nervous anyway.- regardless. I always have done – and probably always will do even after all these years. Shitting it now.

B: That’s healthy though ain’t it?

P: I think it is because it gives you a edge. If you didn’t care I think it would show in a performance.

B: You went through a period of really not liking what was out commercially, what was being played on the road. Has that changed?

P: Do you want me to be really honest? I think there is a lot of good music around, and you obviously know this it goes through cycles. Sometimes it’s a really brilliant exciting time for music and then it goes into a bit of a lull and then it starts again. Another generation reacting against the next one I suppose. I don’t know if radio reflects that, I don’t think they take enough chances if you want me to be honest.

B: Echoes around the Sun- Collaboration with Noel .I’ve heard some interesting quotes from Noel about how this song came into existence but lets hear it from you.

P: Noel had the drum track, and Noel played bass and piano. I did very little. I only sang on it. We added some strings onto it in Amsterdam. But I didn’t do too much on it really – I just sang and drank beer.

B: Sometimes does it feel like a proper job – what you do?

P: I don’t know what a proper job is because I’ve only ever done this. It’s my proper job. It’s not necessarily 9-5. When you have recorded and you have finished 21 tracks that a lot of work and is more of a mental thing rather then a physical thing.



Modfather raids the vaults for acoustic Royal Albert Hall gig!

Paul Weller played a sold-out acoustic show at the Royal Albert Hall in London last night (April 10) as part of Roger Daltrey's Teenage Cancer Trust concerts.

Following well-received sets from Liam Gerner and Welsh songstress Duffy, Weller took to the stage accompanied only by Steve Cradock, with the pair both playing acoustic guitars.

The gig – supported by Gibson guitars – was heavy on material from his most recent album, 2005's 'As Is Now', but also featured a trio of obscure songs by first band The Jam in the shape of 'Beat Surrender', b-side 'Shopping', 'Start!' flipside 'Liza Radley' and 'Strange Town''s other half, 'The Butterfly Collector'.

Other highlights included a version of 'Stanley Road' closer 'Wings Of Speed' with Weller on piano, 'From The Floorboards Up' b-side 'Oranges And Rosewater', and a new song from the Modfather's forthcoming '22 Dreams' album entitled 'Why Walk When You Can Run'.

Guitarist Cradock was also briefly given a chance to shine, performing his song 'Beware Of Falling Rocks' solo.

The set climaxed with a beautiful version of 'You Do Something To Me', followed by a rousing rendition of The Jam classic 'That's Entertainment'.

Paul Weller played:

'Who Brings Joy'
'Oranges And Rosewater'
'Hung Up'
'Sweet Pea, My Sweet Pea'
'All On A Misty Morning'
'Wings Of Speed'
'Into Tomorrow'
'Roll Along Summer'
'Liza Radley'
'The Butterfly Collector'
'Beware Of Falling Rocks' (Steve Cradock solo)
'Why Walk When You Can Run'
'Foot Of The Mountain'
'Shadow Of The Sun'
'I Wanna Make It Alright'
'Come On/Let's Go'
'You Do Something To Me'
'That's Entertainment'


Popular posts from this blog

Steve White On The Passing of John Weller...

It wasn't unexpected to get the news that John Weller had passed away , it was a beautiful sunny morning in fact , but the news still stung even though the anticipation existed .

I finished work today , a day peppered by texts and calls , I missed the call that mattered but made ammends and spoke to the one person I needed to speak to , I raised a glass at dinner and reminisced with my beautiful partner of days of travel and nights of glory that followed , and after a little to much wine the drowsiness lifted and the harsh reality that someone very special had passed hit me , I wanted to say that , with my emotions bubbling very much to the surface , I wanted to remember those decades and shows and nights that we all spent together , indestructible , laughing and making the music of our dreams , wide eyed vagabonds not quite believing .

I remember the day on arriving back from Sydney, John telling me it was all over and he had enough of "this lark" , that was 24 odd years …

John Weller Obituary From The Independent...

For thirty years, John Weller managed the career of his son Paul, through the salad days and success of The Jam in the Seventies and early Eighties, the ups and downs of The Style Council and Paul’s re-emergence as a solo artist in the Nineties. Theirs was a unique father-son relationship in the music industry, built on John’s unwavering belief in Paul’s talent and shared values like hard work and pragmatism.

John could be blunt, and once refused to have lunch in a record company’s executive dining room, remarking to the managing director: “I didn’t come here to eat, I came to do business.” But his bark was worse than his bite.

John’s success was all the more remarkable since he started in his forties after years working in factories, on building sites and driving a taxi. When The Jam signed to Polydor in February 1977, for a £6,000 advance and a six per cent royalty rate, John admitted he didn’t have a bank account and asked for cash instead of a cheque. A&R man Chris Parry duly we…

Paul Weller's Son, Natt Gives A Candid Taxi Interview

Where else to meet the musician son of the agelessly groovy Modfather but at London’s trendy Met Bar? And there’s more than a hint of moody Mod style about the Japanese parka that Paul Weller’s eldest child Natt has slung over his Vivienne Westwood top.

Yet there all similarity ends, for singer-guitarist Natt has inherited the exotic beauty of his mother – former Wham! and Style Council backing singer Dee C Lee – rather than the famously angular features of his father.

‘Everybody always goes, “Luckily he took after his mum…”’ laughs Natt, whose mother is from France and St Lucia and whose great-great grandma was Japanese. Hence Natt’s fascination for Japan, where he moved in 2006 for a year to learn the language.

To pay for his studies, he modelled and deejayed, ‘I felt like an outsized monster,’ confides Natt, 21, a 6ft 1in beanpole. He returned a fan of Japan’s popular culture – from manga cartoons to punk-goth music – and with a different spelling to his name, which now features two ‘…