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Paul Weller At Dalby Forest - Review!

Paul Weller, Dalby Forest
By Ray Simpson
The Northern Echo

DALBY on Saturday night was more wet wood than wild wood, but that did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd. Who needs, or wants, Bruce at Glasto when you can have Paul in the forest?

The modernist maxim of clean living under difficult circumstances was severely tested in the muddy field, where the usually dapper Weller audience swapped Ben Sherman for Berghaus. There were some exceptions – my cousin turned up in sharp grey cords and black suede Hush Puppies – he always was a dedicated follower of fashion.

And so to the music. You know what you are going to get from Weller, two hours of top-notch entertainment. Some people may question his relevance in 2009, because he could easily play a fan-friendly set of nostalgic hits. The lead singer of best North-East tribute band, the New Age Jam, spotted in the crowd, will tell you that one hour of early Jam material is hard work for the over-40s, never mind a 51- year-old, but Weller st…

Another Review Of Paul Weller At Connock Chase!

Review: Paul Weller, at Forestry Commission Live Music, Cannock Chase Forest
Jun 28 2009 by Alison Dayani
From The Birmingham Post

While Glastonbury opened with pouring rain and the young pretenders, this relatively dry open air concert in Staffordshire had the royalty of Brit rock, the ‘modfather’ himself.

Everything stood to attention as Weller, his inner youth defying the spiky silver hair and wrinkles, casually slinked on stage on Friday night to open the show with ‘Peacock Suit’. Even raindrops gave him the respect he deserved, halting for the 90 minute session.

Aptly moving on to ‘Out of the Sinking’ as the rainclouds moved away, Weller’s years of experience and class were undeniable on vocals and guitar.

The 51-year-old made no mention of Michael Jackson’s passing and it seemed the dignified and right thing to do.

With nine solo albums, not to mention a legendary discography with The Jam and Style Council, Weller had to be selective over which tracks were played in a limited amount o…

Paul Weller At Connock Chase - Review & Pics!

Weller Delights Wild Wood Chase Crowd

Lets get the basics out of the way first. This is Paul Weller; sincerity, sweat and songwriting come as standard.

So, for that matter, do sell-out crowds rain or shine. And amid the wild wood setting of Cannock Chase the Modfather delighted the hordes with a stunning run of hits from the last 30 years.

Opening with Peacock Suit, the Brit award winner showed off his latest album 22 Dreams and the title track was soon rapturously received as the clouds parted, probably out of respect.

As ever, it was a rare pick from his Jam days which really lit the blue touchpaper as class struggle rabble rouser Eton Rifles had the 40-something crowd churning up the venue faster than a farmer’s plough. (Note to Sugababes fans: Forget the stillettos tonight. Seriously.)

But Weller was in playful mood, joking about backstage jacuzzis, the weather and handing out tambourines to roadies. Truly, the angry young man is long gone.

In his place is a 50-somethi…

Paul Weller To Play The Fuji Rock Festival In Japan!

Paul Weller has been added to the Fuji Rock Festival. He will be performing on Friday July 24th, just before the headliner Oasis. The festival is held at Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa-machi, Niigata, JAPAN.

More info can be found HERE!

Paul Weller At Sherwood Pines Forest - Another Review & Pics!

From The Sheffield Telegraph
Published Date: 23 June 2009
By David Todd

WHEN Paul Weller first elected himself to the Style Council, diehard fans clamoured for The Jam classics at every gig.
When he went solo they did the same, but added Shout To The Top or Walls Come Tumbling Down to the raucous requests.

Maybe it's a sign of advancing years but now the people who turn up for a Weller show just seem happy that he's still producing pretty much faultless performances at 50. And that's as it should be. While Weller peppers the set with newer songs from 22 Dreams, why on earth would anyone ignore a back catalogue of such rich heritage?

Deep in the woods at Sherwood Pines, part of the Forestry Commission's annual national music extravaganza, Weller kicks it off with Peacock Suit and - with the exception of a couple of microphone issues - barely misses a beat.

Even the fans tucking into picnics near the back put the pork pies away long enough to join the throng for Changingman wh…

Help The Moons Sell Out London's 100 Club!

Image Courtesy Of Stefan Deurr

Paul Weller's band mate Andy Crofts brings his band The Moons to the 100 Club on September 10, 2009. They will be celebrating the release of their next highly anticipated single on Acid Jazz Records titled, Torn Between Two b/w Leaving Here! Don't miss your chance to catch this great band at one of the legendary spots in London. Tickets for the show are only 6 pounds. There aren't too many left, so get yours NOW!!

The Moons @ The 100 Club Tickets
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Get Don't Go Changin' The Moons Debut Single!

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Paul Weller At Westonbirt Arboretum - Set List & Pics!

Courtesy Of Little Miss Funky Soul!

Paul Weller At Sherwood Forest - Pics!!

Photos Courtesy Of Phil Deakin!

More pics at The Rotherham Scooter Club

Paul Weller At Sherwood Pines: Review

Paul Weller, Sherwood Pines Forest Park

While modern music finds itself in a state of flux some things never change. Paul Weller's hairstyle, for example, is one constant you can rely on. His music is another, and while the current music scene is saturated with androgynous kids playing icy synths over Nintendo-aping backing tracks, Weller continues to invalidate the perceived doctrine that you can’t possibly evolve as an artist without tampering with your music's DNA for every new album.

He has his own distinct sound and he’s sticking with it through thick and thin. It’s classic rock forged from a love of R 'n' B (classic R 'n' B that is, not the insipid chart rammel) and soul, deemed too pallid for staunch fans of The Jam when first attempted with The Style Council, but subsequently embraced wholeheartedly by his legions of devotees.

Take Peacock Suit, the set-opener. It's characteristically Weller: a brooding, soulful swipe of vintage Rickenbacker, instantly…

Paul Weller Appears On New Acid Jazz Compilation!

Paul Weller's collaboration with Andy Lewis, "Are You Trying To Be Lonely" appears on a new Acid Jazz compilation called London Street Soul 1998-2009: 21 Years Of Acid Jazz Records.

Track List:
1. Are You Trying To Be Lonely - Lewis, Andy & Paul Weller
2. Lovesick - Night Trains
3. Love Will Keep Us Together - Taylor, James Quartet & Alison Limerick
4. Never Stop - Brand New Heavies & N'Dea Davenport
5. Peace & Love - Cloud Nine
6. I'm The One - D-Influence
7. Watch My Garden Grow - Humble Souls
8. Taurus Woman - Subterraneans & Mardou Fox/Jonzi
9. Couldn't Take The Missing You - Lauren, Jessica
10. Tears Inside - Emperor's New Clothes
11. Jesse - Mother Earth
12. Mindbeam - Twisted Tongue
13. Ain't No Use - Pure Wildness
14. One Million Smiles - Mr. Exe & Mica Paris
15. Conscience - Double Vision
16. Someplace Else - Jinrai
17. Profound Gas - Sandals
18. Everybody Knows - Akimbo

Paul Weller, The Brand New Heavies, Leftfield, The JTQ, Mica Paris, …

"The Most Important Album I Ever Bought" by: Kevin Sedelmeier

A nice piece found at The Louisville Music Examiner.

The year was 1984, and the fact that Van Halen was using a synthesizer hardly seemed like revolutionary musical news to me. Instead, I had uncovered the album that would become the most important record I ever purchased, and on this twenty-fifth anniversary of that memorable procurement, I would feel remiss not revisit this defining musical moment.Disc Records at Oxmoor Center was my record store of choice in Louisville from 1982-1985. Not only was it the place for the best rock group buttons, but you also got a $1.00 off the purchase of an album if they were playing it in the store at the time. A dollar is a lot when you're in eighth grade and have no job. Elvis Costello and The Attractions‘ Punch The Clock, Big Country’s The Crossing, and ABC’s The Lexicon of Love all quickly come to mind as Disc purchases. But in June of 1984, I made a particularly special buy, and it came with a steep price of $8.99. The album: My Ever Changi…