There is always something special about a dark night in Glasgow as you walk up the Gallowgate and see the neon Barrowlands sign lit up. When you areRead More
The Modfather Paul Weller returned to Glasgow for a 2 hour set at the iconic Barrowland Balroom, originally meant to take place in 2020 but was pushed forward as a result of the pandemic and social distancing restrictions. it looked set to be a great night and everybody outside was buzzing about this one.
While waiting at the box office to collect media accreditation, a woman was talking to the clerk about the time she saw The Jam in 1982 at the old Glasgow Apollo, which was a venue that has always spawned my interest, even though it shut down when I was the tender age of 1, so I dont have any memories of the Apollo apart from hearing from older relatives and friends about their experiences going to gigs there, ironically it was Paul Wellers The Style Council who played the final gig at The Apollo before it closed down for good in 1985.
It was an early start at 8:30pm, despite this there was a support act, it was originally going to be The Lathums but they were forced to pull out due to illness, so instead, John Rush took the stage and gave the early attendees a warm up of what was to follow.
Paul Weller was up next and arrived on stage with Ocean Colour Scenes Steve Craddock, Weller was greeted by a rammed Barrowland Ballroom and began his set which consisted of his solo work as well as classics From The Jam and the Style Council, White Sky was the first, which received considerable airplay from BBC Radio 2 when it was released in 2015, then this was followed up by Cosmic Fringes, Peacock Suit and The Style Councils My Ever Changing Moods, Weller said "I have to say how wonderful it is to be playing back in front of you" to the audience, illustrating the relief that everything is returning to normal again after 18 months of silence.
It was full capacity on Monday, but sold out crowd however doesnt mean that youre guaranteed for a rocking atmosphere, in some parts of the gig the crowd seemed disinterested, with people talking over Paul Wellers songs while he was performing, it didnt feel like a Glasgow crowd, but that changed when The Style Councils classic Shout to the Top was performed, with everybody jumping and singing along.
Village, More, That Pleasure, Stanley Road and Broken Stones soon followed afterwards, with Weller going from guitar to piano then back after each song, what was to follow was a classic from his solo career, and that was The Changing Man, released in 1995, the crowd are rejuvenated again and the place was bouncing.
You Do Something To Me is somewhat of a regular in Paul Wellers live sets, and tonight was no exception, receiving another positive response from the crowd, the chitter chatters are now silent and Weller finished with Wild Wood, Brushed and Into tomorrow, before a short encore occurred.
Weller returned with Friday Street and On Sunset, then finished the set with a couple of all time Jam classics, Thats Entertainment and Town Called Malice, the jubilant crowd jumped and sang along with him.
The audience were stomping as Weller ended the set and said his goodbyes, it was a successful night all around despite the chitter chatters and proof that Wellers material still holds up to this day.
You can view a photo gallery from Mondays show via the link below.
Review and Photography by Stewart Fullerton
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