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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Review: Paul Weller @ The Brighton Centre

It's rare the man gives a nod to his four decade-plus body of work, but, at the Brighton Centre, last Saturday night, Paul Weller did just that. 

New album A Kind Revolution featured just four times on a set list that came in at thirty-one songs.

It's more than likely the softening of Weller's almost blanket non-commemoration of his back catalogue is more a commercial than nostalgic decision.

A Kind Revolution reached a lowly (for Weller) number six on the official album chart. It had sunk without trace as many weeks later.Yet, it garnered some of his most positive and gushing reviews.

The Brighton Centre lights dimmed bang on 8.30pm, but it was almost five minutes before Weller and his 'band of brothers' took to the stage.

Alpha, A Kind Revolution bonus track, pumped out from the PA and set the scene for a man who has mastered more genres than Bowie.

He then skipped out (yup, skipped) and opened with recent Saturn Pattern's cut, I'm Where I Should Be.

This gave way to another track from the 2015 album, White Sky, and the psychedelic bleeps and echoes crunched perfectly into A Kind Revolution's, Nova.

Fourth up was 2005's From The Floorboards Up, before we returned to Weller's expected script of only serving the here and now, with a third Saturns Pattern offering, Long Time

If the Weller non-obsessives were feeling slightly bemused then they were in for a treat. 

Three cuts from Weller's Style Council days - Have You Ever Had It Blue, My Ever Changing Moods and Shout To The Top - joined five from his Jam golden period -  Man In The Corner Shop, Start, English Rose, That's Entertainment and Town Called Malice. 

He also made a reference to a little known early nineties visit to Brighton's now defunct Zap Club. A time when he was trying to re-climb 'the slippery ladder to stardom and fame'.

I was there that day, but only for the soundcheck. Weller and band played through the coming evening's full set and the man himself seemed wired and more than a little nervous. 

Weller acknowledged that day of career salvation with a peerless run through Above The Clouds.

It was with the first encore that the man truly shone. Over the course of five acoustic tracks - Gravity (new song), English Rose, That's Entertainment, All On A Misty Morning and Wild Wood  - Weller's voice echoed out and all were in awe of both its tone and authority .. which bodes well for his fothcoming new album, True Meanings; a collection of reflective tracks that feature mostly just Weller and his acoustic guitar.

Second and final encore was a tour de force run through of The Weaver, Broken Stones (shout out for bass player Andy Croft's daughter, Luna, on tambourine), The Changingman and Town Called Malice. They were still singing his songs on my bus ride out of Brighton. 

Paul Weller at The Brighton Centre was a masterclass in presentation, delivery and how to follow a singular vision without resulting to only adhering to a singular path. 

by: Mike Cobley


Whats on in Brighton today

Stone Foundation's new album, Everybody, Anyone, was recorded at Paul Weller's Black Barn Studios in Surrey and features a sprinkling of guest musicians.

The flamboyant world of Brighton in the 1880s and back-street life of the 1930s and 50s are the focus of two new books from community publisher QueenSpark Books.

Reading the wonderful new Ronnie Lane oral biography, Can You Show Me A Dream?, it would be easy for the reader to be left with the impression that Ronnie's life cycle had been a wild journey with a sad ending. But for Ronnie the journey hadn't ended. The letter had left the envelope, that's all.

Black Deer Festival takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Eridge Park, Britain's oldest deer park, located on the Kent/East Sussex border near Tunbridge Wells, and you can expect an array of authentic americana-style meats, smokey whiskeys, bespoke custom bike showcases, storytellings from cultural pioneers, not to mention a line-up of artists across the Americana, blues, roots, authentic country, folk and bluegrass genres.  

The RPMs new single Let Things Happen raises the bar significantly for this young Brighton band. 
(c) Tom Sheehan 2018

Del Amitri return this summer for a UK tour, the celebrated Glaswegian band's first run of dates since 2014.

Albert Hammond Jr's latest album Francis Trouble explores a deeply personal topic – the stillborn death of his twin brother, Francis, and the lingering effects that event has had in his life and music. 

Sea Life Brighton has issued an urgent appeal for the public to become more responsible with their waste after collecting a record amount of rubbish on Brighton beach. 

One-hundred years on from the first women in the country being granted the right to vote, Brighton Dome has been officially recognised as one of forty-one buildings across England that were at the centre of suffragette action.

Joan Armatrading is a woman of candour – not to mention can do. She gets straight to the heart of the matter, and she delivers.

The drama and magic of Glyndebourne Festival provide the inspiration for a new children’s book, The Mulberry Bees.

Fusing powerful song writing with musical flare, Brighton-based Hatful of Rain combine their English, Celtic and American inspirations to great effect on their new album. 

The UK's first ever interactive film event, an opportunity to walk a mile in someone else's shoes or to fly in a virtual reality world, and a marathon performance of remembered dances are all part of a packed autumn season at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton.  

A special ceremony is being held this month at Woodvale Cemetery, Brighton, to return the gravestone of Thomas Highflyer, a 12-year-old slave boy who was rescued from a slave dhow and died in Brighton 148 years ago.

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