Paul Weller – Barrowland Glasgow 30th November 2021
The Modfather returns to Glasgow’s iconic venue The Barrowlands, delighting his fan with a set covering all periods of his musical career from The Jam, The Style Council and his solo work. The venue crammed with people of all ages looking to see their hero in the famous Glasgow Barrowlands.
The intro music gradually increased, amid the dimming lights, the first sighting of Paul Weller could be seen through the shadows, his band featuring Steve Cradock of Ocean Colour Scene took to the stage, opening the show with White Sky to the delight of the Glasgow audience. The 62 year old looking as comfortable as ever, delighting his fans who’d waited over a year for the show, having been rescheduled due to the recent pandemic creating lockdowns and posing restrictions across the entire music industry. The opening song White sky, from his 2015 album Saturn’s Pattern before going a good few back the excellent Cosmic Fingers and Peacock suit, speaking to the audience about how good it is to be back performing in front of them, you could see the delight in his emotion of been in front of them again.
The atmosphere within the venue was ecstatic, the fans filled with excitement, were ready to be entertained by a classic from Paul Weller’s Style Council days with Shout to the Top, the Glasgow audience, in full voice, and were up for a night of class entertainment, after waiting 18 months this was going to be worth every second. The set was just building, slipping in and out of the classics teasing the audience.
Paul Weller moving to the side of the stage, sat down at his piano, the crowd knew they were in for a treat now as the opening keys of Broken Stones echoed around the venue. Weller was on top form with his soulful singing. Some of the highlights from the first part of the set were Changingman and the recent Shades of Blue taken from his Fat Pop album, a track co-written with his daughter Leah.
The tempo was rising within the venue, it was time to raise the roof of the iconic venue with Wild Wood a much loved classic self-titled album from 1993, a track that has stood the test of time, from the opening chords, capturing the heart strings. This was the moment you realised you where witnessing a really memorable night in the life of Paul Weller and his music. Into tomorrow closed the first part of the set before the legend enjoyed a short break before the encore.
The Glasgow audience really had a treat tonight with Weller playing a smaller venue compared with the arena tours. This was more an up close and personal night. Returning to the stage he was greeted with an almighty cheer. The opening songs of the encore were Friday Street, On Sunset before the excellent can you Heal Us. The show was nearing the end, there was no better way to finish with The Jam classics That’s Entertainment before ending the show with A Town Called Malice, the venue went wild with the atmosphere hitting fever pitch with the closing songs
Tonight was the ultimate set list, a true crowd pleaser with new songs fitting in perfectly like the missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle, at 62, Paul Weller truly is the perfect performer, I guess that’s Entertainment….
Review and Photographs by James Edmond