Paul Weller tonight. Ever since his days as one-third of the Jam and one half of Style Council, Paul Weller as a solo performer has always been a favorite and one of the consistently great artists on the scene today.
This concert puts him in an intimate setting. Part of BBC Radio 2’s In Concert series, the concert took place at the BBC’s own theatre, which is a small venue (with obviously good acoustics) and an intimate setting. It’s more of an up-close-and-personal performance and Weller connects with his audience effortlessly.
With an extensive catalog to his credit, Paul Weller put in an hour that seemed to go by in minutes and offered ample proof of his enduring popularity.
Although popular and critically respected throughout the rest of the world, his audiences at home are die-hard fans and it is massive – and his base is the UK, as his songs are deeply rooted in UK culture. That’s not to say he hasn’t toured the rest of the world, and his recent gigs in the U.S. to promote Saturns Pattern went down very well and bodes very positive for the future.
If you’re just getting into the music of Paul Weller now (and you’e got some catching up to do), start here with the latest material he’s doing and work your way back. You’ll find an artist whose work is consistently honest and good and evolving. As the recipient of 4 Brit Awards including Best British Male voice twice and a 2006 award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, Paul Weller is wandering into the direction of legend status, which is perfectly fine. I suspect we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the coming year. But in the meantime, have a listen to what he was up to in May of 2015 at the BBC Theatre in London.