Paul Weller Has The Dads On Their Feet By Rick Pearson, Evening Standard 23.03.09
Whoever said rock ’n’ roll was a young man’s game forgot to tell Paul Weller. At 50, The Modfather is enjoying one of the most successful spells of his career.
He recently won the Best British Male award at the BRITS on the back of 22 Dreams, an audacious 21-song album in which he tackled everything from Krautrock to the spoken word.
While a cursory glance at the O2 crowd revealed a demographic that still remembers him best as the frontman in Seventies punk band The Jam, this was more than an exercise in dusting off the old classics.
Indeed, the new material provided many of the night’s highlights. The spiky Wake Up The Nation saw Weller in political mood, while All I Want To Do (Is Be With You) was romantic, blue-eyed soul. Elsewhere, One Bright Star was introduced as “a kind of psychedelic tango number” — a shot in the arm to those who claim his music is merely “dadrock”.
Paul Weller will release a CD/DVD Deluxe combo on 8th June titled, "Just A Dream/22 Dreams Live." The CD consists of 13 tracks recorded at the Brixton Academy, London in November 2008.
The DVD has a 90min/21 track live session recorded for the BBC, first televised in December 2008, a 5-track session recorded for Channel 4, the videos for 'Have You Made Up Your Mind' and 'Echoes Round The Sun', end-of-2008 interview with Paul and his band. Both will be housed in a hardback bookcase packaging with a 32 page booklet of previously unseen photographs.
Paul Weller at The Civic, Wolverhampton,It was only 8.45pm but Paul Weller couldn’t wait to get started.
Strutting out to old favourite Peacock Suit, he attacked the opening numbers with a ferocious glint in his eyes and beaming great smile. And why not? Here he was in a venue he loves, playing to a sell-out crowd who hang on his every chord and with his best album in 17 years to cherrypick his choice of songs from.
The epic 22 Dreams is the Modfather’s most consistent work since going solo – and its experimental edge has been carried through to breathe new life into older material on tour.
Hence Wildwood got a bass-heavy reworking last night and Broken Stones had all sorts of whistles and bells attached during the encore.
But, for once, it was newer material that lifted the Civic in Wolverhampton from the floorboards up.
Sea Spray and Have You Made Up Your Mind were highlights, sitting comfortably alongside old favourites like Shout to the Top.
Noel Gallagher has released a charity CD of his appearance for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall in 2007. Noel is joined on two songs by Paul Weller. The duet includes The Jam's The Butterfly Collector and The Beatles' All You Need Is Love. An 11 track version was given away in the Sunday Times and the full version has been released and available for download today.
In the early part of last year, Paul Weller designed a collection for Ben Sherman. With his trademark style which has influenced generations of music and fashion lovers, we thought it only right to gain an insight into Weller's thoughts on style, his inspirations and of course, Ben Sherman...
This was the exclusive Q & A which followed;
When did you first come into contact with the Ben Sherman brand / what memories do you have of Ben Sherman in the 60s and 70s?
I remember not being able to afford a Ben Sherman when I was a kid, they were too expensive. Me and my friends wore the cheaper Brutus copies. I saved for months to buy an original Ben Sherman. When I got it home it was too big. It didn't occur to me to take it back. I've no idea what happened to that shirt.
I've still got an original Ben Sherman though; it was given to me by Steve Ellis from the Love Affair. It's the shirt that the Candy range is based on.
Island Records, the legendary label founded by Chris Blackwell in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959 and a home to such heavyweight artists as Bob Marley, Tom Waits, U2, Nick Drake, PJ Harvey and Amy Winehouse, will mark its 50th anniversary with the Island 50 Festival next month.
The cornerstone of the celebrations is Island Life, a week of live shows at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire featuring Island artists past and present. The confirmed line up for Island Life is, so far, as follows: 26 May – Sly & Robbie And The Compass Point All Stars featuring special guests; Kid Creole & The Coconuts 27 May – The Fratellis, Bombay Bicycle Club and Special Guest 28 May – Cat Stevens (now Yusuf Islam) and Friends, Baaba Maal 29 May – Paul Weller, Ernest Ranglin, Spooky Tooth 30 May – Keane, Tom Tom Club, Spooky Tooth 31 May – Amy Winehouse, Toots & The Maytals, I Blame Coco
In tandem with the shows, The Island Life Exhibition Of Photos, Artwork And Memorabilia will run from 22 May to 17 June at The…