Skip to main content

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 approvingly.

Weller was energetic for the entire show, constantly offering praise to the rowdy audience in between drags of seemingly endless cigarettes.

"Picking Up The Sticks" brought Weller back to the piano where an extended jam showcased the musicianship that would not be overshadowed by Weller's larger than life reputation.

Fans got plenty of Mod for their money with the now legendary singer belting out tunes for more than 100 minutes. A brief exit sparked a roar from the crowd, bringing Weller and Co back to the stage for a few more hits.

"Broken Stones" and "The Changingman" were powerful encores – but it was the finale of the Jam's classic "A Town Called Malice" that was the showstopper.

When the opening bassline thumped out of Andy Lewis' instrument, there was a deafening roar only overshadowed by an organ line familiar to any true British rock fan.

It was to see the effect that Weller, mod culture and the Jam has had on the Adelaide audience. The entire theatre rose to their feet for a glorious sing a long to an anthem that much like Weller, has stood the test of time.

Comments

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 ‘…