Thursday, September 11, 2008
PAUL WELLER at the NOKIA THEATRE
I expected the show to be good, even great. But Paul Weller was off the hook last night at the Nokia Theatre. It was a relentless musical assault with barely enough time to catch your breath between songs.
Touring behind his new CD and possibly my favorite record of the year, "22 Dreams," Weller and company looked as if they were having the time of their lives, with Weller dancing, jumping and windmilling through most of the performance. The album itself plays like a Paul Weller history lesson, with each song representing an influence on Weller--acoustic folk, northern soul and British psychedelia-- and last night's set drew heavily from this brilliant new release.
The crowd was more than receptive to the new material, with many singing along to soon-to-be classics like "Sea Spray" and the great first single, Bitterest Pill-rewrite "All I Wanna Do Is Be With You." An inspired "Shout To The Top" brought the crowd to it's fe....ok, we were already standing. But if we were sitting, "Shout To The Top" would have brought us to our feet. A slow grooving "Wildwood" and a revved-up "Come On/Let's Go" ended the set and made way for special guest Kelley Jones of the Stereophonics, who joined the band for the encores of "That's Entertainment," "Eton Rifles." and The Beatles, "All You Need Is Love."
A great performance from a great man with a great new album.
Click here to a listen to a great acoustic version of the great"Brand New Start," from the Wiltern Theatre last week. Uh...great. I thank you.