Thanks to positive press notices, strong sales in his homeland and a hit single, “New Shoes,” Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini has spent much of 2007 tagged as one of pop music’s hot newcomers.
Now he finds himself on the hottest concert bill of the year.
Nutini will be the youngest performer at the November benefit concert for the Ahmet Ertegun Entertainment Fund in London, which is better known as the Led Zeppelin reunion concert, which drew a reported 1 million lottery entries for the 20,000 seats. Nutini, 20, is joining rock luminaries such as The Who’s Pete Townshend, Foreigner and, possibly, Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger, and he says he’s humbled by the booking.
“I think I would be delusional if I thought people were (coming to see him),” Nutini, who was one of the last artists the late Ertegun shepherded onto Atlantic Records, says with a laugh. “But it’s nice. It sounds like a really hot ticket; everybody and their auntie are clamoring for tickets.
“I’m just glad I’m gonna be able to see the show, man. I kinda dodged all the ticket stuff. I think I can ensure myself a post of watching the show.”
The Ertegun show is actually the last live date Nutini plans to play for his debut album, “These Streets.” Since it was released in July of 2006 and peaked at No. 3 on the U.K. charts, Nutini says it’s “time to call it a day and disappear and start thinking about the next record.” He’s playing a couple of new songs on his set, but says he’s looking forward to having time to focus on crafting a new body of material.
“I’m getting a lot of different ideas for things,” Nutini says, “nothing finished but some sort of structures and things like that. It’s crazy, ’cause you get a different idea before you finish the one you’re working on, so I’m just waiting to get into one place where I can immerse myself, start recording them and changing them around — anywhere that’s away, really. Nothing with too many distractions.
“It’s very much early right now, but we’ll get there soon enough, I think.”
Paolo Nutini, Raul Midon and Serna Ryder perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 28) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $21.50. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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