Represent: Paul Weller Live Review

Feature

June, 2012

With performances by Spiritualized, Japandroids, 2:54, Towns and more.






“Like pebbles on a beach…”, five words were enough to trigger a mass sing-along from the crowd at the 100 Club that echoed round the world to the thousands of people watching the show live online. The classic ‘Broken Stones’ closed a rollercoaster of a set from Paul Weller that took in new material and a host of classics from both The Jam and his solo career.

Rewind a few hours and Towns were first on stage showcasing their accomplished 90s referencing sound. They were followed by sister-act 2:54 whose atmospheric washes of guitar and breathy vocals comfortably reference bands gone by like Tears For Fears and newer acts like the XX.

Stripping things down still further, Canadian duo Japandroids fittingly brought a slice of raw garage rock to the 100 Club. Rocking the classic guitar and drums only setup Brian King and David Prowse hurtled through a selection of the best bits of 2009’s ‘Post Nothing’ and this year’s ‘Celebration Rock’. Their back to basics approach sounded great in the intimate surroundings of the 100 Club and set the scene nicely for what was to come.

Spiritualized arrived on stage in an unassuming manner but as soon as they picked up their instruments the atmosphere crackled with the kind of electricity that only they can bring. The band kept the crowd mesmerised for the full set closing with a hypnotic rendition of ‘Take Me To The Other Side’.





With the club full to bursting point and all eyes on the stage it’s fair to say anticipation was high. BBC’s Tom Ravenscroft kept up the pace with an excellent selection of records but everyone wanted one thing and the opening bars of 2010’s ‘Wake Up The Nation’ announced it. More new material from this year’s ‘Sonik Kicks’ proved that Weller is a man still at the very top of his game, but it wasn’t until mid-way through that the club’s legendary walls reverberated to a classic Jam track in the form of ‘Start’. The hits kept on coming, with the epic ‘Changing Man’ closing the show.

The whole band were in world beating form and you could tell the man himself was loving every minute. Like the UK Subs the night before, playing the 100 Club was like a return home for Weller and the whole show had an atmosphere of genuine celebration. A true British legend.


Stay tuned to facebook.com/converse for updates throughout the rest of the shows.

Comments (98)
  • Chris Bolton Anyone got 1 spare ticket for tonight ? i'm going down anyway to try outside but would love it if anyone could help me out please ! Wed Aug 01, 2012
  • Mariano To be at the 100 club is the real story. All Started in this place ...and my perfect night will be finished at this place Tue Jul 31, 2012
  • Giusi this all is AMAZIIIIIING. I can't believe. Paul Welle. Japandroids. Towns. 2:54 and SPIRITUALIZED AT THE SAME TIME. in the same night. this waiting is driving me crazy. soon I have to come back to Italy but I'm really dreaming to be at the 100club that night. aaaaaaaaaa*____________________* my my my god. I can't believe. please tell me what I've to do. I wanna be there to listen them all. Tue Jul 31, 2012
  • Peter Hufton On a scale of 1 to "I want tickets to this", I'm definitely on a 9.7. Mon Jul 30, 2012
  • Terry Lane Massive fan of PW meet the chap a number of years ago-would be real cool to hear him play at the 100 club :) Mon Jul 30, 2012
  • Jamie B Probably too late but i would love a couple of tickets for this gig. fingers crossed! Mon Jul 30, 2012
  • Guilherme Lópes Souza wanna see spiritualized! Sun Jul 29, 2012
  • Guilherme Lópes Souza I NEED to see SPIRITUALIZED Sun Jul 29, 2012
  • Fiona My partner wud love 2 c paul weller and it's his b.day nxt month Mon Jul 23, 2012
  • Lea Cain Cannot wait !! Got my Weller Tickets Thank you Wed Jul 18, 2012
  • lea cain just had e mail tickets Wed Jul 18, 2012
  • BLONDIE Has anyone heard about tickets yet?? Wed Jul 18, 2012
  • Ro Would Really Love To Win This! Tue Jul 17, 2012
  • Elizabeth Neal Oooh tickets, yes please! Tue Jul 17, 2012
  • Lou hill Yes please, love the modfather! Mon Jul 16, 2012
  • TOM BEE took my girlfriend to see mr weller and co in sheffield in 1981 , we split up a few months later but have just got back together after a 30 year trial separation. would love to win tickets to see him again "in the city" Sat Jul 14, 2012
  • Tracy smith Gutted that had tickets for gig at jodrell bank which was cancelled so lost ticket and hotel money but worth the loss!! Would love to see him at 100 to make up for disappointment x Fri Jul 13, 2012
  • chris coleman love mr weller ever since the days of the jam would love to see him live again happy days Fri Jul 13, 2012
  • Johnny X Haven't heard of any of the acts on the bill ... so I'm not sure if its worthwhile paying to see them ... better bung me a freebie so i can see if they are any good, Wed Jul 11, 2012
  • james legendry venue legendry artist mr weller and a great cause would fulfil a dream if i could win tickets Wed Jul 11, 2012
  • james legendary venue legendry artist the modfather himself and a great cause would love to go and win tickets would fulfil a dream Wed Jul 11, 2012
  • Dani B Would love 2 tickets for this. Big fans of Spiritualized. Mon Jul 09, 2012
  • Don cool thing about Weller is that, His music is not the typical corporate pop . he's been delivering great music since the inception of his band The Jam mid to late 70's . A true artist. I would love to Watch him live, delivering hit after hit of hid mod-ness ;) Sun Jul 08, 2012
  • Anne In no particular order...love Paul Weller, Converse and 100 club. Would love tickets. Sat Jul 07, 2012
  • Miss M Sonikally kicked me 100 times all the way to this Weller gig.:) Sat Jul 07, 2012
  • Elen Paul should be playing at the Olympics After Danny Boyle opens with a trainspotting pastiche he could pan to a tube station at midnight Fri Jul 06, 2012
  • Matt Bromfield Would love to see the mod father seen him every year for the last 10 years but not really headed on tour down my way this year but a trip to linton for this would make my year. Fri Jul 06, 2012
  • Hugh Moncrieff I saw Japandroids at the Williamsburg Music hall in Brooklyn a weekago...they blew my mind! I NEED to see them again!! Also a big fan of 2:54 and Paul is obviously a god. 2 Tickets PLEASE!!! Fri Jul 06, 2012
  • Lisa Marie Matta I would love to have to opportunity to see Paul play at this amazing gig, because I have the 'moon on my pyjamas'. So please don't don't keep this 'sunflower' lady 'waiting', or 'wishing on a star' as Paul Weller is definately 'the holly man!' Thu Jul 05, 2012
  • suzanne roberts WELLER My DEF$ENDER of the FAITH ... Thu Jul 05, 2012
  • Alonzo MOSLEY Heavy... Thu Jul 05, 2012
  • john This is quiet a unique line up in a legendry venue and will be without doubt an intimate gig.I would love to go to this gig. Wed Jul 04, 2012
  • Emily Millhouse I'd love to see 2:54 again and i've never seen japandroids, so an awesome line-up guys :) Wed Jul 04, 2012
  • Mona Caro What a choice gig with the Modfather, Spiritualized and special guests! Wed Jul 04, 2012
  • lianne grant Weller = mod. Spiritualized = god. This gig = perfect! Wed Jul 04, 2012
  • JD Sonik line up .... I'd get the ultimate kick out of seeing this gig :) Tue Jul 03, 2012
  • Deano Tickets for a gig like this don't come around to often and I know Everything has a price to pay but as time passes and because I'm at that dangerous age this could be my last chance to see the Modfather rock this famous venue from the floorboards up.... Tue Jul 03, 2012
  • Richard osborne would love to get a pair of tickets to see paul at the 100 club pls. Tue Jul 03, 2012
  • Patrick Farrell Would love to see Weller at such a prestigious venue. This gig also happens to be on my birthday , what better way to celebrate than to see Weller?!? Sonik Kicks has proved that he's still got it, a brilliant album! Please could I have 2 tickets for this show :D Tue Jul 03, 2012
  • TONY CLARK This really would be a fantastic night, i have followed the great man from the early days (present at both of the last Jam gigs in Brighton. A couple of tickets for me and the missus would a dream come true. I have always had a dream (stupid i know) of proposing a gig list from his massive repertoire of classics for the ultimate gig. Tue Jul 03, 2012
  • Richard osborne hi there it would great two get pair8 of tickets to see paul weller at the 100 club will pop up from somerset . Tue Jul 03, 2012
  • Paul Would love to travel In The City to see the gig, it would cheer up because of no Long Hot Summer. Please dont leave me Hung Up. Mods Rule!!! Tue Jul 03, 2012
  • Debbie Smith The 100 Club! Where else would you want to see Paul Weller - up close and personal is the only way! Mon Jul 02, 2012
  • Debbie Smith The 100 Club! Where else would you want to see Paul Weller - up close and personal is the only way! Mon Jul 02, 2012
  • paul.from brighton WE R THE MODS.WE R THE MODS.WE R WE R WE R THE MODS. Mon Jul 02, 2012
  • paul.from brighton Do hope I get tickets for this venue.legendary club with loads of history never had the chance to go.would love to see the modfather perform there long live the mods. Mon Jul 02, 2012
  • john findlay Have seen paul all through his career from the jam to style council to solo work was at personel up close gig at edin corn exchange and would love the chance of that sort of gig again Sun Jul 01, 2012
  • latemate B-) Blimey what a line-up ! well, this trippy shoegazer from the south is very impressed with this line up . . I mean 'the Towns' alone would be excellent ! . . and 'the 2:54 really intrigue me ,just know theyre gonna be good . . 'the Japandroids' 'post nothing' cd is already proof of their great sound . . Spiritualised can do lamenting and uplifting in equal wonderment . . as for PaulWeller we all know about him dont we ? . . Conversely mr weller seems to know all about us,us humans,well er it seems like that anyway . and thats why we love him innit ! And hey folks listen up i've seen one act on this list and if you guess who it is I may just give you 'one ticket' should I win ! b t w. this dude ,me,is always too skint to go gigs these days - due to my altruistic ways ! and thats not a joke haha. : ( but aint to proud to beg. Well done for doing this. Sat Jun 30, 2012
  • James Fisher Yes Paul! Fri Jun 29, 2012
  • Kieren Birmingham Ah cant wait 2 tickets for Weller needed before I emigrate to Oz,Great line up!! Wheres the phone Fri Jun 29, 2012
  • Denise taylor Would love to surprise my partner with tickets to this! Paul Weller is awesome! Thu Jun 28, 2012
  • Nick Ritchie Better than Olympic tickets...would love the chance to see Mr Weller live. Thu Jun 28, 2012
  • Sheree Pick me - can promise to turn up and behave inappropriately for a woman aged 49 and 3/4 !!!! Thu Jun 28, 2012
  • Sheree PIck me .....I will never be able to say anything funny or witty enough to compete with others but I can promise to turn up and scream plus probably throw my pants or Tshirt or some other inappropriate article of clothing for a woman aged 49 and 3/4 !!! Thu Jun 28, 2012
  • Anthony Martin Would love to go to this x Thu Jun 28, 2012
  • Tom Conran An ace act and brilliant venue... put my name on the door please. Thu Jun 28, 2012
  • Rachel Lea Would love to see Paul at the 100 club. Was disappointed to miss seeing him at Jodrell Bank last weekend due to adverse weather conditions....This may put a smile on my face again Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • Emma daly I just have to see Paul Weller play at the 100 Club! Never seen him live so what a result it would be if I win. Loved his music and always will!! The one and only Modfather. . x x Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • Joseph Maher The Mod Father returns to the place of his Musical Birth - now that's what I call Family Values!! Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • carl morris after the weller gig being cancelled on sunday this would do nicely!!!!! Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • Sam Johnson Gutted about Jodrell Bank so going to this would end my Jodrell Bank depression. Give us a pair of tickets to end my sadness Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • Carmen Aad Would love to see Paul Weller. He is my fave live artist of all time and have never seen him at this venue. I love the 100 Club!! Would be a dream come true to see him and Spiritualized at this venue!! Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • Sam Johnson Gutted over Jodrell Bank so goin to this gig would end my Jodrell Bank depression. Please end my sadness &give me a pair of tickets Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • Gavin I would chew off my right arm to see Paul Wellar at the 100 club. I often go for their northern soul all nighters so to see the great man at this classic venue would make my year Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • Daniele Le Ster I'm a huge fan of Paul Weller and have an enormous soft spot for the 100 Club - to embrace the two on one night and be there on this very special night would be a massive, humongous dream come true, fingers x'd! Huge thanks to Converse for saving the Club - with your support I hope it goes from strength to strength - without losing its charm and sense of history. Good luck everyone!!! Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • Catherine Laz I would like to win a ticket for Paul Weller @ the 100 Club. I signed the petition to save the club where I've seen bands for 30 years. I am grateful that Converse saved the club, well done to you! Wed Jun 27, 2012
  • beverley almond hope i am lucky to win :) x Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Richard 2 tickets please it would be a quality birthday present for the missus( so ill tell her anyway) cheers Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Daniel tobyn Weller means everything to me Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Irish Chris I would love tickets to see paul Weller. It would be a dream come true !!!!!! I love your shoes as well !!!!!!!! Irish Chris x Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Daniel tobyn I'm am huge weller fan seen him in most venues but never at the 100 club , would love to see him there Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Kate pearson Oh god this wld make my husbands day to get tickets, I may even get that hand bag as a thank u!! Please please please,! X Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Jo-Anne Finney As its my birthday only 10 days later this would be such a treat.Have had the pleasure at large commercial fests etc but summit this intimate would be awesome to say the least :-) Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • mark cooper venue weller mega Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • jane Would love to go to this as i had tickets to watch Paul Weller at Jodrell Bank last weekend and the gig was cancelled due to the bad weather! Really gutted !! Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Step Taylor Looking for a ticket for this one!! Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • ian smith i would love to win these tickets. Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Caroline Hepples This would be great to win these tickets as i was gutted when Paul`s gig at jodrell banks was cancelled this weekend Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Jim Kelly Hi - I would like to apply for the opportunity to win tickets to the Paul Weller show. Thanking you and hoping I am lucky enough to win! Jim Kelly Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • rod Aspinall I would like to apply for tickets for this gig Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Tiffany Whall Please please please please can I come to the gig? Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Mark Blake Weller at the 100 Club..... with Spiritualized - I'd gladly wear Converse boots for the rest of my life to get to this!! Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Ms Caroline Byrne I would love the chance to see Paul weller in the 100 club.I'm from Ireland but as ok always in london the travel is no problem, I've been to the 100 club many times most recently at the mod ball last december and had a great time Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Philip Ramsey Great line-up, especially Mr Weller. Would be great to see him at the famous 100 Club. Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Philip Ramsey Great line-up, especially Mr Weller. Would be great to see him at the 100 club. Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Dayral Hall Cool line up. Send me two tickets please! Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • nathan curran Amazeing line up, I mist be there Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • ian utting MODFATHERS GETS BETTER AND BETTER Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • russell evans would love to see Mr Weller there, see him everywhere from the Jam days to the present !! Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • michele living on the isle of man and would love to see paul weller x Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • paddy kelly please please please im a big Paul Weller fan and would wear my converse to the gig :O) due to staying in the very north of Scotland shows how committed i would be to travel. cheers Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Nick Herycz Sounds a great night out would love to get hold of some tickets Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Rob Alexander Its my destiny and i can't afford any gigs this year. go on Paul son give us a pair mate! Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Dean James The first time I saw Mr. Weller play I was 17 watching the Jam at Sophia Gardens Cardiff ,I have seen Him a few times since including San Francisco at the Fillmore but to see Him do an intimate gig at the 100 Club would be awesome.D Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Tom Dyer would love tickets for this show! Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • Tom Dyer what a line up, would love tickets for this show! Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • maria hennessy Ive love to get the chance to see Paul live and what better place than the 100 club,i'd be willing to travel from Dublin for it... Tue Jun 26, 2012
  • maria hennessy Would love the chance to see Paul play the 100 club,living in Ireland i've never been in the place :-) Tue Jun 26, 2012
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