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Paul Weller at Saint Andrews, 3 Things To Know
Itās been 25 years since Paul Weller released his first-ever solo album, giving the British music icon his own, unvarnished voice in a music world heād already inhabited for many years with The Jam and Style Council.
Since then Weller has released 13 studio albums, along with an assortment of EPs and live sets that allowed him to maintain a prolific profile and a reputation for hard work both in the studio and on the road. His latest release, āA Kind of Revolution,ā came out in May featuring guest appearances by Boy George, P.P. Arnold, Madeline Bell and Robert Wyatt and debuted at No. 5 on the U.K. album charts...
ā¢ This year Weller, 59, is celebrating both the 40th anniversary of the first Jam album as well as the 25th anniversary of his first solo effort. āIt doesnāt feel that long ācause itās gone so quickly,ā Weller says. āObviously when I look back on it, yeah, thatās a long time. I would hope Iāve changed in that time; It would be pretty sad if I hadnāt. The only thing thatās the same is Iām still sitting in dressing rooms waiting to go on stage or in studios trying to write a song. That hasnāt changed too much in 40 years. But me as a person, Iāve changed considerably -- hopefully, anyway. Itās nice to feel thereās been some sort of progress.ā
ā¢ Weller has adopted a working pattern of or new albums that begin with material from the previous album. So for āA Kind Of Revolution,ā he says that āthere were a couple of songs that were, I wonāt say left over from (2015ās) āSaturns Patternā but songs towards the end of making the last record that I came up with and we demoed but didnāt finish at the time. So they kind of act as a sort of cornerstone for the next record I suppose. You try to find at least one or two song that you feel really set the kind of standard or benchmark for the rest of it, that you have to match or surpass, and then the rest of it was done fairly quickly.ā
ā¢ Weller has long been politically minded and socially conscious in his music, and while heās ādisappointedā by the Trump presidency in America he says that āA Kind Of Revolution,ā despite its title, is not a political treatise of any kind. āItās a bit of a sad time for people,ā he says. āI donāt think thereās any world leaders Iād put any faith into. There doesnāt seem to be any kind of united peace movement right now, just a world of extremes. Itās quite a scary time, really. I donāt think it makes me want to write any political songs, though. I donāt think the answerās in politics or religion. The answer is inside people themselves, really, which is a much bigger question. Itās not one person whoās going to lead us into the light. Itās going to have to come from us, so who knows what will happen or not.ā
If You Go:
ā¢ Paul Weller
ā¢ Wednesday, Oct. 11. Doors open at 7 p.m.
ā¢ Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.
ā¢ Tickets are $24.75 and $33.
ā¢ Call 313-961-8137 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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