Paul Weller Announces 2020 Tour Dates
by Victoria Holdsworth
The Modfather is back in full force, announcing his first full UK tour since 2017.
Paul Weller was last on the road when he played several shows as part of the regular Forest Live outdoor gigs in the summer, but is always most at home performing at great concert venues. This run of dates is just the beginning of more live activity later in 2020 with further shows to be added.
The tour will take in venues such as old favourite, Glasgow Barrowlands, and includes a few less frequented places such as Oxford New Theatre and Norwich UEA.
True Meanings, released last year, was the fourteenth Paul Weller solo album, and twenty-sixth studio album to date, and was unlike any record he had made before. It is not a departure, in the sense that soul baring, melancholic songs have always been an important part of what he does, but he has never allowed himself an entire album to exhibit this side of his song writing, or presented them quite like this.
“Greater appreciation for it all”
On 25 May last year, Paul Weller turned 60; a milestone that unquestionably had an impact on the feel, both lyrically and musically, of that album. It was, he admits, a reflective album: “I allowed myself, with my impending sixtieth, to be reflective,” he says, “though I ain’t going to stay there too long with that!”. It was littered with lines about life, mortality, religion, fatherhood, friendship, love and happiness; the sound of a man entirely comfortable and contented with where he is six decades into his journey.
“I’ve been really comfortable with myself in the last ten years, I think,” Weller says. “In life, and just the way I make music. I’ve got a greater appreciation for it all, really. I used to worry about that thing of getting older and losing your creativity, losing the plot, but I haven’t found that. I’ve found the opposite.”
There is just one gig in Yorkshire for now, on Sunday 10th May 2020 at Middlesbrough Town Hall; however, more dates are set to be announced.
Tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday 1 November 2019
More info: paulweller.com