Words and Photos by Greg Jacobs
Tuesday night, October 24, 2017, Paul Weller played at the House of Blues in Anaheim. It makes me sad that I can’t call it the “House of Mouse” or “Mouse House” anymore … But the parking at the new location is SO MUCH BETTER than the old location, even though you have to pay for it, it’s worth it.
I want to thank my pals at New Noise Magazine for letting me cover this show as I know it’s not what you’d usually expect to see here. This was a mellow, adult rock show on a Tuesday night. Most of the crowd were in their 40’s, and the most active they got was bobbing their heads… No circle pit tonight.
In case you don’t already know, Paul Weller, aka the Modfather, was the singer and main songwriter of The Jam and then went on to form the Style Council before going solo sometime around 1990.
His 2+ hour set that night featured songs from his many solo records, including the new one, A Kind Revolution, a few Style Council songs and 2 songs from The Jam (Start! Town Called Malice) but, if you’re going to a Paul Weller show to see The Jam, you’re going to be disappointed.* Instead of the stripped-down power trio that was The Jam, Weller’s band is now a six-piece, featuring his long-time guitarist Steve Cradock along with bass, drums, keyboards and a percussionist.
Even though Weller has slowed his tempo musically, he and the band are still solid. Their instrumentation and vibe remind me a little bit of Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, but then, kind of not, too. At age 61 his songs are still amazing and well-crafted, but I have to admit that I really wanted to hear more JAM!!
Opening the show and on tour with Weller was Lucy Rose. Rose is an English singer-songwriter who started recording and releasing music in 2012. Her band consisted of herself alternating on guitar and keyboards, a bassist and fiddle player. No drums needed in this mellow, “indie folk” band …
*plagiarized from Martin Wong