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Paul Weller - Southampton Guildhall, 27:06:2013

Maybe it was down to the band not having played much this year, maybe it was just a sticky night and the sound was doing battle with the Guildhall's challenging acoustics, but we were some way south of prime Weller.

He did his bit though, leading from the front, jabbing fingers, nodding his head, pulling shapes, even windmilling his guitar a couple of times, yet not even such exertions could kick the band into life and the first half of this Hard Rock Calling warm-up was decidedly sluggish. Straight out of the blocks, Sunflower dragged a half beat behind where it wanted to be and by the time they got to Friday Street, a dozen or so songs in, it sounded like it was stuck in Thursday. Sea Spray and the rarely performed Going Places did little to advance the cause.

A loose reading of My Ever Changing Moods hinted it could be different, as did a swinging take on The Attic before 7x3 Is the Striker's Name seemed to galvanise the band paving the way for That's Entertainment to really pull it all together, followed by a spiky Start! Whirlpool's End kicked like a mule and The Changing Man brought the set to what felt like an early end.

A jazzy meander through Out of the Sinking set the tone for a muted encore that ended with Sonic Kicks' closer Be Happy Children followed by a lengthy wait for a celebratory Town Called Malice, then home.

Although this didn't quite match what he's capable of, at 55 Paul Weller is making some of the most vital music of his career and remains a genuinely awesome live proposition when he hits his stride. He will be back.

Nick Churchill


Sunflower, Wake Up the Nation, Flame Out!, From the Floorboards Up, Fast Car/Slow Traffic, Sea Spray, My Ever Changing Moods, Kling I Klang, The Attic, Going Places, Friday Street, Porcelain Gods, When Your Garden’s Overgrown, Above the Clouds, Dragonfly, 7&3 IS the Striker’s Name, Peacock Suit, That’s Entertainment, Start!, Whirlpool’s End, The Changing Man. 

Encore: Out of the Sinking, That Dangerous Age, Be Happy Children. Encore: Town Called Malice

ZANI Media are proud to present, in conjunction with Stuart Deabill and Ian "Snowy" Snowball – authors of Thick As Thieves Personal Situations With The Jam. (Published by Marshall Cavendish  Out now).


Thick As Thieves is a short and informative documentary on "The Best F****** Band in The World ...THE JAM!”


Fans young and old, including the likes of renowned photographer Grant Fleming and Journalist and Author Garry Bushell, former band associates such as Dennis Munday (Polydor records), Bill Smith (Cover sleeve designer) and many more talk about their passion and experiences with the band, that still means so much to so many people, after their official split in December 1982.


The documentary is directed by Award Winning Film Maker Paolo Sedazzari of Brand New Films.


The idea to capture the essence of the forthcoming book (Thick As Thieves Personal Situations With The Jam) into a documentary came about from a brief telephone conversation between Stuart and ZANI’s editor Matteo Sedazzari.


Fuelled by the energy of The Jam and using Direction, Reaction and Creation as their template, ZANI Media, Stuart Deabill and Ian “Snowy” Snowball decided to use the services of Paolo Sedazzari , and film the people talking about Paul, Bruce and Rick.


In this 25 minute documentary you will see the pure emotion, pride and belief as everyone talks about The Jam.  Please give the film a view which may inspire you, as the band has certainly inspired a generation and many more to come. 


The conviction to make this documentary is proof that the unity amongst The Jam’s fans is as strong as it was back in the day. Paul Weller’s closing statement on The Jam, “Belief Is All”, best sums up the project.