Paul Weller Kicks Off His North American “A Kind of Revolution” Tour at the Paramount
The English icon treated fans to a career-spanning set of hits, deep cuts, and new songs from his latest studio release A Kind of Revolution.
It’s been a busy year for England’s “Modfather” Paul Weller. The artist released his 13th studio album A Kind of Revolution, played on Noel Gallagher’s latest studio album, and is now currently on tour in support of his latest album. Weller has been on tour in Europe and after a little time off he brings his band to North America.
Weller took to the stage and started off the night with some interesting deep cuts. In Europe, Weller was opening with “White Sky” the first single from his prior album Saturn’s Pattern, instead, opens with “I’m Where I Should Be” from the same album. A relatively slow start to the night but then grabs the crowd’s attention with his Style Council hit, “My Ever Changing Moods”.
Weller then dons his signature Epiphone Casino and launches into “White Sky” and “Long Time” (two rockers from Saturn’s Pattern) and then gives fans a throwback with his song “The Weaver” from 1993’s Wild Wood. The artist then moves to his keyboard for several songs on piano; the funky “Saturn’s Pattern”, the ballad-like “Going My Way”, and “Long Long Road”, the latest song from his newest album.
After wooing the crowd on the keyboard, Weller picks up an acoustic and launches into another Style Council hit “Shout to the Top!” and then fittingly goes into a couple of tracks off his debut album to keep the R&B feel. The band then shifts from R&B to rock and gets the crowd dancing a bit with the punk-esque “From the Floorboards Up” after which he heads back to the piano for his ballad “You Do Something To Me” off his ’94 hit album Stanley Road. While at the piano, Weller sits with a Telecaster and launches into the bluesy “Woo Se Mama”, the fan favorite off of A Kind of Revolution.
Weller is at the top of his game during the show but so is his band. Bassist Andy Crofts provides stellar back up vocals and even helping Weller out with some of the vocal duties. Guitarist Steve Cradock provides soaring solos, and the drum combination of Steve Pilgrim and Ben Gordelier give the songs a full sound that echoes throughout the Paramount.
For the first encore, Weller and the band give the crowd a 5 song acoustic set. The set kicks off with “Monday” a track by Weller’s breakout band The Jam and also features a new song Weller has yet to release entitled “What Would He Say?”. The encore also featured the crowd pleaser “Wild Wood”, another Revolution track “Hopper”, and “Out of the Sinking” from Stanley Road.
The band leaves and comes back for a second encore beginning with Weller on the piano for the ballads “These City Streets” and “Broken Stones”. Once Weller picks up his guitar he launches into the Jam classic “Start!” and the crowd goes nuts. The band ends the night on the As Is Now rocker “Come On/Let’s Go”. While some fans at the show might have been disappointed Weller left out his setlist staples “The Changingman” and the Jam classic “A Town Called Malice”, Weller and co. kicked off their North American tour stronger than ever.
Backed by an incredible group of musicians, Weller proves to be at the top of his game. He’s a man of all seasons and does his best to treat fans of all eras of his music. His sets are a perfect blend of rockers, ballads, hits, and deep cuts and is sure to please diehard fans and introduce newer fans to other aspects of his career.
A Kind of Revolution is in stores now.