Paul Weller Gig Review

Venue: The Olympia, Dublin.
Date: Wednesday, 17th November 2010.

From the minute the lights went down and the meticulously styled Modfather Paul Weller strolled on stage it was clear the audience was already in the palm of his hand. No banter was needed, no cringey and overwrought “DUBLIN IS THE BEST CITY I’VE EVER PLAYED IN!” proclamations; once the familiar chords of ‘From the Floorboards Up’ rang out he’d already won the crowd over.

Playing a set that consisted mainly of songs from his most recent album ‘Wake up the Nation’, with raucous renditions of ‘Start!’ and ‘Shout to the Top’ thrown in for good measure, the Modfather proved that he still knows how to play to a crowd. He approached every song with unwavering enthusiasm and energy, switching between piano and guitar with amazing proficiency.

Amidst all of the fervent guitar playing and pulsating drum beats the atmosphere changed from electric to emotive when Weller went over to the piano to do a cover of Marvin Gaye’s ‘How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)’.

The versatility that has been displayed in countless Style Council, The Jam and Paul Weller’s own solo albums can translate to the stage equally as successfully as they did in his records.  All eyes were on Weller, and with a back catalogue as relevant to the present day as it was in the 80s, it seems he’ll still attract the same fandom and dedication for years to come.

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