PAUL WELLER - THE SANDS CENTRE 9 OCTOBER 2013
By Samantha Sadler
With an impressive career dating back to the 70s, it was easy to see why there was such a buzz over his return to The Sands Centre.
The Sands was packed with people of all ages eagerly awaiting the Modfather's performance. Following support from Trembling Bells, Weller took to the stage with his band receiving an impressive reaction from the crowd kicking off immediately with his first track, Weller kept the crowd interaction to a short yet sweet minimum, allowing him to jam through a packed set. From a cover of The Who's Magic Bus', The Style Council's 'Ever Changing Moods' to Weller's solo work, the audience's ears were filled with exceptional tracks, which made everyone sing along.
With a huge back catalogue of material the set list was sure to be a success from the start with 'From The Floorboards Up', 'Sea Spray' and 'Wake Up The Nation' all making an appearance. Weller was notably energetic throughout, strutting around the stage equipped with his guitar. You can easily see why many bands and artists alike have taken inspiration from the popular British musician as he definitely knows how to put on an incredible performance.
With the evening drawing to a close and Weller returning to the stage for his second encore of the evening, he finally played The Jam's 'A Town Called Malice'. The atmosphere was something to be admired, with the whole audience jumping around. It was clear that a lot of people there were waiting for this song, making it the perfect ending to a great gig.