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Set List From The Forum, Melbourne 17th August!

Here's the set list for the gig in Melbourne at The Forum, 17th August!
22 Dreams The Changingman From the Floorboards Up All I Wanna Do Is Be With You Out Of The Sinking Sea Spray Shout To The Top Push It Along Porcelain Gods Pretty Flamingo Picking Up Sticks Wishing On A Star Have You Made Up Your Mind That's Entertainment All On A Misty Morning/Magic Bus Light Nights Wild Wood Empty Ring You Do Something To Me Echoes Round The Sun Eton Rifles Whirlpools End Encore Applause Peacock Suit Broken Stones Band Introductions A Town Called MaliceKindly provided by Harry W.

Paul Weller In Brisbane - A Short Review!

Paul Weller Overcomes Illness To Wow Tivoli Audience!

By Noel Mengel (Courier Mail)
August 26, 2008 12:00am

Paul Weller prefers to be on the move with his music and to look forward to the next stage of his career rather than go over old ground. There was plenty of room for both in last night's blazing show at Brisbane's The Tivoli.

Shout To The Top, Changing Man, Eton Rifles, That's Entertainment, Wild Wood - songs like these, which are some of the pick of the crop from his years with The Jam, The Style Council and his solo career - were featured

The lengthy set also included songs from Weller's excellent new album, 22 Dreams, ranging from soul ballad Invincible to the rollicking Sea Spray, which was welcomed as if it were an old favourite.

The two-day delay in the show only seemed to make the crowd more hungry for it all, and at 50 Weller seems as hungry as ever to create music that's as powerful as the former glories.

Weller's weekend concerts were postponed because…

Andy Croft's Of Paul Weller's Band Releasing A Limited Edition Single w/The Moons!

Andy Crofts from Paul Weller's band is releasing a single with his band The Moons. Available for pre order now with paypal on The Moons MySpace.

The single will be released on Monday 22.09.08 on limited edition white 7" vinyl....500 copies only!!! The single is available exclusively through Colorama Records.

A Side: Don't Go Changin'
B Side: Torn Between Two

The Moons will be going into the studio in December to record their debut album.





Andy Crofts

Paul Weller Revised Brisbane and Melbourne Dates!

Paul Weller Revised Brisbane and Melbourne Dates!

Paul Weller’s postponed Saturday night show in Brisbane has been rescheduled for tonight (Monday 25th August) at the Tivoli.

Weller’s two Brisbane shows were postponed due to illness. Last night’s show also didn’t go ahead.

The Paul Weller tour was due to finish in Melbourne tomorrow (Aug 26th). The Melbourne show has now been moved to the 28th.

The second Brisbane show will now be tomorrow (August 26th) at The Arena.

After Australia, Weller is off to the US. He will start his American tour in Los Angeles in September 2nd.

Revised Weller dates are:

Brisbane August 23rd show is now tonight August 25 at the Tivoli
Brisbane August 24th show is now tomorrow August 26 at The Arena
Melbourne August 26th show in now August 28 at The Forum.

Because of a number of refunds, tickets to all shows are now back on sale.

Fans needing a refund should send their tickets to:

Brisbane:

Ticketek - Paul Weller tickets
PO Box 4000
Brisbane, QLD, 4001

Melbourne:

Ticketek - P…

Olympic Cyclist Bradley Wiggins Listens To Paul Weller's Music!

Beijing Olympics: Profile of Olympic cycling gold winner Bradley Wiggins


Bradley Wiggins is in many respects the rock star of British cycling, bursting into the national consciousness in Athens where he won gold, silver and bronze medals.

By Peter Foster in Beijing
Last Updated: 3:11PM BST 18 Aug 2008

The 28-year-old Londoner is known for his love of punk-rock and specifically Paul Weller which he plays at full volume on his ipod before races, along with tracks from the Jam and the Who according to his wife, Cath.

"He loves everything about the mods," she said, "he even has a classic mod scooter and the hairdo to match. He was forced to shave it off before the games because it was too hot for training. He was devastated!"

The son of a professional cyclist, Gary Wiggins, Brad was born in Ghent, Belgian but grew up in London quickly following in his estranged father's tracks, racing in the Herne Hill Velodrome in south London from the age of 12.

Wiggins says that he is …

Review Of Paul Weller Gig In Melbourne, Saturday 8/16/08!

Paul Weller Drops In After 23 Years!

by Paul Cashmere - August 18 2008
photo by Ros O'Gorman

I have never heard so many English accents at an Aussie gig as I did on Saturday night before the Paul Weller show. We aren`t talking local Melbourne based fans either. One guy told us he had flown from Perth just to be there.

Being in the audience for The Modfather was just part of the appeal. Seeing Paul Weller play at a 2000 capacity venue sealed the night for the English fans that would expect to see him in arena shows back home.

Then again, Paul Weller is not that well known as a solo act here. While he logged up more than half a dozen hits with the Style Council and was at the forefront of punk with The Jam, his 9 solo albums never made an impact in Australia despite all being Top 10 hits back home.

“Sorry it has taken me 23 years to come back,” Weller said as he belted into the first song `Peacock Suit`. The fans didn`t mind but Karma decided to punish him halfway through the show when th…

The Modfather Passes The Test Of Time! Review Of Gig On Friday 08/15/08 Adelaide, AUS Thebarton Theatre

Still rocking ... Paul Weller performs at Thebarton Theatre. PICTURE: JO-ANNA ROBINSON


SAM KELTON, MUSIC WRITER
August 16, 2008 12:30am
Adelaide Now

He's known as "The Modfather" – and last night Adelaide was treated to a lesson in culture from the man who started it all, Mr Paul Weller.

In the dimly lit Thebarton Theatre, a now not so "modern con" looked and played as youthfully as ever with a near capacity crowd lapping up every soulfull note.

The former Jam front man belted out early numbers such as "All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)" and "Out Of The Sinking". He had the mature crowd in a daze, and let's face it – Weller could have played Andre Rieu covers for an hour and a half and still engaged the audience.

"Push It Along" was an early indicator of the crowd's restrained joy. People from all walks of life – from former mods sitting comfortable up the back, to the new found fans with skinny stove pipe jeans both nodding approvi…

Paul Weller Set List - Wed 08/13/08 Perth, AUS Challenge Stadium

Here's the set list from the first night of the Australian Tour!

Peacock Suit
22 Dreams
From The Floorboards Up
Sea Spray
Wishing on a Star
The Changingman
All I Wanna Do
Out of The Sinking
Shout to the Top
Porcelain Gods
Picking Up Sticks
Invisible
You Do Something To Me
Brand New Start
Light Nights
Wild Wood
Come On Let's Go
Whirlpool's End
Eton Rifles
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Broken Stones
Town Called Malice

22 Dreams Review From The New Zealand Herald!

Paul Weller
22 Dreams
Rating: * * * * *

As he hits his 50th year with eight solo albums already under his belt, as well as a further dozen in his time as the frontman of The Jam and Style Council, Paul Weller could be excused for taking it easy.

After all, he'll forever remembered as the guy who swung from the anger of Eton Rifles to the languor of Long Hot Summer within a few confusing years.

His solo albums - save for Wild Wood and Stanley Road - have become increasingly interchangeable. Solid efforts but hard to take to heart, even if you're a long-time follower of Britrock's modfather.

But then along comes 22 Dreams.

If the only surprise with past Weller solo albums was which one of him was going to turn up first or most - folkWeller, soulWeller, or rockWeller - then this one confounds expectations. They all front up but so do a couple of other Wellerfellas, on a free-ranging double-album of multiple genres and personalities.

But somehow - though sheer energy and some robus…

Early Details Of Upcoming "Weller At The BBC" Release!

We have some early details of the November release of the highly anticipated collection titled, Weller At The The BBC.

• ‘Weller at the BBC’ is a stunning 74-track, all digitally-remastered, 4-CD hard-back book set of exclusive BBC sessions and live concert tracks from 1990 – 2008, fully sanctioned by Weller and including his introduction to the liner notes.

• Includes alternative versions of 19 classic hit singles - Hung Up, Out Of The Sinking, Wild Wood, The Changing Man, You Do Something To Me, Uh Huh Oh Yeh, Peacock Suit, Brushed, Brand New Start, Wishing On A Star, Thinking Of You, Come On / Lets Go, Above The Clouds, Sunflower, Broken Stones, Speak Like A Child, My Ever Changing Moods, All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You) and That’s Entertainment.

• Discs one and two feature key session tracks from 1992 – 2008. Includes 40 unreleased versions, many with interview snippets and Paul’s song introductions. Many of these sessions are show-casing material from new or forthcoming albums and ar…

Photos & Set List From Paul Weller's Appearance At Summer Sonic, Osaka!

Set List - Summer Sonic - August 10, 2008:
The Changingman
22 Dreams
From The Floorboards Up
All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)
Out Of The Sinking
Sea Spray
Push It Along
Have You Made Up Your Mind
Shadow Of The Sun
Picking Up Sticks
Broken Stones
Echoes Round The Sun
Come On, Let's Go
The Eton Rifles

Paul Weller Meets Tokyo Chef!

Modfather Paul Weller Meets Popular Pastry Chef In Tokyo!
Saturday August 9, 2008
TOKYO

British rock singer Paul Weller, 50, took time out to visit popular Japanese pastry chef Aya Kakizawa, 31, in Shibuya. Kakizawa will operate a vegetable pastry shop during the Summer Sonic 08 music festival which Weller will take part in this weekend at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture.

Kakizawa said she is a big fan of Weller and added that she makes recipes while listening to his music all the time. After getting a kiss from the musician, also known as the Modfather, Kakizawa beamed and said “I’m very happy!”

Paul Weller Set List From Summer Sonic Festival In Tokyo!

Here's the set Paul played at the Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo on August 9, 2008!

22 Dreams
The Changingman
From The Floorboards Up
Sea Spray
All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)
Out Of The Sinking
Push It Along
Porcelain Gods
Peacock Suit
Picking Up Sticks
Broken Stones
Wild Wood
Echoes Round The Sun
Come On, Let's Go
The Eton Rifles
Whirlpool's End

Encore
A Town Called Malice

Kindly provided by Yasushi

Paul Weller - Daring To Dream - Interview & Profile From WaToday.com - Australia

Daring To Dream

Paul Weller is at it again, refusing to be buttonholed into one style of music, reports Kylie Northover.

From WaToday.com - Australia

Paul Weller has no interest in nostalgia.

The musician dubbed the "Modfather" - he led Britain's Mod revival scene as an angry young man in the late 1970s and early '80s as leader of the Jam, continued his success with mid-'80s pop-soul outfit the Style Council and then as a solo performer in the '90s - has outlasted many of his peers.

Last month he released his ninth solo album, 22 Dreams, which sees him once again branching into new territory - or many territories, to be precise.

An eclectic "double album" - yes, the concept still exists in the CD era - 22 Dreams runs the gamut of musical genres from electronica, instrumental jazz, Krautrock and even a daring/ill advised (it's a fine line) spoken-word track.

Apart from one review in New York's Village Voice last week, which said the album was "…

Paul Weller - Set List, Shibuya AX, Tokyo August 7th, 2008

Here's the set list for Paul's gig at Shibuya AX in Tokyo, Japan on August 7th, 2008!

Blink And You'll Miss It
22 Dreams
From The Floorboards Up
All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)
Out Of The Sinking
Sea Spray
Carnation
Empty Ring
Porcelain Gods
Push It Along
Peacock Suit
Picking Up Sticks
Wishing On A Star
Broken Stones
Have You Made Up Your Mind
Speak Like A Child
Invisible
You Do Something To Me
Echoes Round The Sun
Come On / Let's Go
The Eton Rifles
Whirlpool's End

Encore
The Changingman

Kindly provided by Yasushi

Paul Weller Tour Dates Updated!

Please check the tour dates on the right as we've updated them with the all the latest confirmed dates. There were a few in the previous listing that were not confirmed and are more than likely canceled. Next up for Paul and crew is Japan! Then a long awaited return to Australia, of which most dates have SOLD OUT! The US, Europe and back to the UK to finish up one of the most successful years in Paul's solo career. We wish Paul, Band, Crew and Fans safe travels. Be sure and catch a gig if you can and we'll post any reports that we get back from the road!

A Few Words From Paolo Hewitt On Paul Weller!

Paul Weller - Still Living The Dream
From The Shropshire Star

Rock legend Paul Weller plays live at the Birmingham NEC on November 21.

Having first appeared on the music scene with The Jam in the late 1970s, the singer-songwriter enjoyed a run of number ones until the band split in 1982, followed by a new direction with the soulful Style Council then a fresh career as a solo artist.

Now 50, his ninth studio album 22 Dreams has earned him some of the best reviews of his career, with critics praising the mixture of styles - both the Observer and Independent gave it five stars.

But the Woking-born singer remains something of an enigma, who can fluctuate between enthusiastic music fan to grumpy old man in interviews and public appearances.

One man who knows him better than most is author Paolo Hewitt, who was friends with Weller for 30 years. His book The Changing Man, a warts and all biography of the singer, was published in paperback last month. Hewitt, who grew up in Woking and was within th…

Paul Weller Feature From The Daily Mail!

There's life in the old mod yet: At 50 Paul Weller's still chasing his dreams...
By Adrian ThrillsThe Daily Mail
Paul Weller has always been a restless soul. When he disbanded The Jam in 1982, even his dad thought he'd taken leave of his senses. And while most of his original peers now make a living by trading on past glories, he is generally reluctant to play old hits. Even when he was garlanded with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Brits in 2006, he cut an incongruous figure. As pop's bright young things swanned around with their entourages, he could be found strolling about backstage with his children, itching to get on stage before heading home.

If anything, that Brit Award seems to have spurred him to strive even harder, and he marked his recent 50th birthday by topping the charts with 22 Dreams, the most diverse album of his career. 'I didn't want to become one of those people whose best work is behind them once they get to a certain age,' he says o…

All Weller And Good For The Modfather!

All Weller And Good From The Modfather
Aug 1 2008 By Andy Welsh (Birmingham Mail.net)

THOSE of a certain age would have first clapped eyes on Paul Weller performing debut single In The City on Top Of The Pops, aged just 18.

That was 1977, and punk was in full swing. Noisy, skinny youths were everywhere, but there was something special about this particular angry young man.

Weller had more to say than merely taking a swipe at the Monarchy, as the Sex Pistols did that same year, and The Jam's songs would go on to tackle small-town mentalities, the mundanity of nine-to-five jobs and various other universal themes of love and life.

Wrapped in timeless pop melodies and an energetic mass of guitar, bass and drums, Weller's songs came from the suburbs south of London but spoke to the every man all over the country - so much so that by the time he controversially disbanded The Jam at the height of their fame in 1982, they'd become one of the biggest-selling and passionately supported B…

Paul Weller Interview From Spinner.com!

Paul Weller Waxes Eclectic About His Career and New Album
By Steve Baltin (Spinner.com)

At 50, and more than three decades since the Jam left a legacy that has been hailed by every U.K. band from Oasis to Morrissey, Paul Weller has reached music icon status. But like so many of his peers in recent years, Weller remains as vital musically as he is quotable in conversation, displaying the same youthful bravado that marked his "Modfather" heyday. He proudly (yet cryptically) calls his new album of 21 songs '22 Dreams,' his most ambitious yet. Ranging from gorgeous ballads to Style Council infused soul to spoken word, the record covers all aspects of Weller's career. He spoke to Spinner about the new album, why he's proud of his kids' musical tastes and why his annual drunken pilgrimage through his musical past is more than enough nostalgia for him.

You've said you view this record as a full song cycle. At what point did you know it was going to take that sh…