Luke’s Alphabet Tour – P: Paul Weller at London 100 Club – 2nd August 2012

By on Tuesday, 14th August 2012 at 2:00 pm

After Converse and the 100 Club joined forces in the early part of last year, the venue has been going through a resurgence of legends and of up-and-comers returning to one of the most important venues of London’s history. Converse’s Represent series of nights is the primary reason the greats have graced the hallowed ground. A showcase of some of the biggest names including Nas, Blur and Plan B are lined up to headline the intimate basement to a capacity crowd of ticket winners. Tonight’s performance comes courtesy of the Modfather himself, Paul Weller.

The compact, sweat-filled hall is rammed to the rafters with a predominantly male audience sporting that haircut. As the clock strikes 10, the man behind the Jam strolls on stage to rapturous applause and chanting of “Weller! Weller! Weller!” until throats are dry and gasping for another lager. Kick-starting on the suitable ‘Wake Up the Nation’ the collective consciousness of central London is bouncing and singing as one, while lapping up every sly smile and nod that Weller tosses its way.

“It’s good to be back!” are the words Weller offers to tonight’s glistening crowd who again erupt in an explosion of cheers. The respect for the man on stage can be felt beaming from every body in the building who has obviously grown up listening to either the Jam or his own solo offerings. It’s his solo material that is the primary focus for tonight, mainly 2012’s ‘Sonik Kicks’, which leaves a large number of tonight’s audience looking despondent and confused that it’s not just a greatest hits set.

Contrary to Weller’s own rules, he strums out a few Jam tracks to the delight of the 100 Club. ‘Art School’ and ‘In the City’ create a deafening echo within the close music hall while ‘Stanley Road’ and ‘Broken Stones’ end the night on a high note as Weller leads his diehard fans into a frenzy that closes a career-spanning set. Not jam-packed with the biggest hits, but for true Weller fans, it’s over an hour of party anthems. What more do you need?

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