Skip to main content

Paul Weller - Review From The Halifax Evening Courier

From The Halifax Evening Courier.

Published Date: 06 May 2008
By Suzanne Rutter
The Victoria Theatre, Halifax

IT WAS almost too good to be true, like a Bank Holiday gift from heaven – The Modfather played Halifax. I like to think being born when the Jam's Going Underground was number one gave me a good ear for a decent tune. So I had high expectations of Paul Weller's sell-out Victoria gig. And I was not disappointed. Last night, the intimate venue felt like a communal living room for his Calderdale fans. The consummate showman, he strutted around the stage showing that performing was truly his only business. There was little chit-chat in between.

It was a bit of slow start as he played tracks from his new album, 22 Dreams, to be released in June. "New songs, new band, so we're kind of still practising," he told us.

So it was a relief to hear tunes such as From The Floorboards Up and Porcelain Gods – songs we knew the words to. A highlight was Paul's new single, Have You Made Up Your Mind? Following that was a four-man acoustic set, including On A Misty Morning and Brand New Start.

People got on their feet for Peacock Suit and Changing Man but, disappointingly, crowd-pleasers You Do Something To Me, Wild Wood or A Town Called Malice were missing from the set. A sound collection of new material, but some more of the old would have thrilled the audience even more.

But when he sings live Paul Weller shows he knows the science of music.

Now, that's entertainment.


  1. well he did it for me!!

  2. well he does it for me!

  3. well he could have sung ba ba black sheep..he does it for me!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

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 ‘…

Nominate Photographer Stefan Duerr For Best Vinyl Art 2010 Award!

Photographer Stefan Duerr has designed art work and photographed a wide range of musicians such as Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Steve Cradock, The Vals, Marner Brown and The Moons. His design of Steve Cradock's solo debut, The Kundalini Target is eligible for the Best Art Vinyl 2010 Award!

Stefan is a very good friend of Paul Weller News and we would like to ask for our reader's support in helping Stefan win this award. In conjunction with industry experts, the award is also voted on by the public. So, please follow the instructions below and lend your support to Stefan and his craft. It will only take a few moments.

Go to:
Just enter Steve Cradock / The Kundalini Target in the first box,  and then vote for two other albums you like.
All three records on your list must be different, and you can only vote once. Voting closes at midnight 12th December.

Stefan Duerr Photography
Stefan and Paul Weller News kindly thank you …